KINGS MOUNTAIN- Edward "Ed" Gordon Campbell Sr., 89, a resident of 503 Allison Court, Kings Mountain, went to be with his heavenly Father on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.
He was born in Cleveland County, son of the late Charles B. Campbell and Bertie Hughes Campbell. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Wilson Campbell; son, Edward Gordon "Butch" Campbell Jr.; and brother, Charles B. Campbell Jr.
Ed has had a long and distinguished career, named to the Gardner-Webb University Gallery of distinguished Alumni and was honored as Junior College Alumnus of the Year. He graduated in 1948 and furthered his education at Western Carolina University. He established a lucrative career as vice-president of sales for Kenneth G. Lilly Fastener's Inc.
Prior to attending Gardner-Webb, Campbell served in World War II
and sailed in the North Russian convoys from 1942-1945 with the U.S. Merchant Marines and U.S. Navy
. Due to his involvement with the convoys, he was invited in 1992 to the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC, to receive a medal from the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Vladmir P. Lukin. He frequently spoke to history classes at Kings Mountain High School and related his experiences during the Great Depression as well as World War II.
Ed was a member of First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain. Ed Campbell was a loving husband, a wise father and a proud grandfather. He lived his life in a straightforward, no-nonsense fashion that centered on doing things with honor and integrity. His life was an example of how it should be done and his presence, his humility and his compassion made him a leader in his community, an inspiration to many, and a friend to all.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Phyllis Henderson Campbell of Kings Mountain; sons, Stephen Scott Campbell and wife Marsha of Kings Mountain, and Craig Roberts and wife Karen of Greenville; daughter, Yvette Cooke and husband David of Trinity; grandchildren, Summer Campbell and Lauren Campbell, both of Kings Mountain, Austin Cooke and wife Anna Claire, Hayden Cooke, Amber Cooke, all of Trinity, Colton Roberts, Shelton Roberts, Mackenzie Roberts, all of Greenville; great-grandchild, Judah Cooke; and sister, Colleen Williford of Ft. Myers, Fla.
The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at First Baptist Church, Kings Mountain, with Dr. John Sloan officiating.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday night, Feb. 24, at First Presbyterian Church.
Interment will be at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, with full military honors.
Memorials may be made to: First Baptist Church, "Mission Readiness," 605 W. King St., Kings Mountain, NC 28086; First Presbyterian Church, 111 E. King St., Kings Mountain, NC 28086; Gardner-Webb Alumni Association, P.O. Box 997, Boiling Springs, NC 28017.
A guest register is available at www.harrisfunerals.com.
Harris Funeral Home of Kings Mountain is serving the family.