CAMPBELL, Willie T. Sr., passed away May 10, 2010. The soul and spirit of
Willie T. Campbell, Sr., of Tampa, departed into the sweet heavenly mansion of the father' s house May 10, 2010. Homegoing services will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, at College Hill Church of God In Christ, 6414 N. 30th Street, Elder Charles Davis, pastor. Interment will be in Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery. Willie Campbell was born in Chipley, Fla., October 21, 1932, to Robert Lee and Alice Mae Campbell. Willie T. attended the public schools in Chipley and graduated from T.J. Roulac High School in 1951. After high school, he attended Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla., where he met Lillie Moore Campbell on a double date to an ice cream parlor. He told her that night they would marry and shortly after, June 2, 1952, they married in Tallahassee. After graduating from college he taught school in Thomasville, Ga., and began working on his Masters Degree. He received his Master' s Degree in 1957 and then, moved his growing family to Moore Haven, Fla. He continued his teaching career in Moore Haven, at Booker T. Washington School (k-12). He was a well-respected teacher and coach. After 11 years of working in Moore Haven, in 1968, Willie and Lillie relocated their still growing family to Tampa, Florida. Willie worked for the Hillsborough County School Board for 28 years. He held a teaching position at Dunbar Elementary, was the dean of boys at George Washington Junior High School and served as the assistant principal of Brandon High School, until his retirement in 1994. Often referring to his own father' s guidance as a businessman, Willie began his property acquisition business in 1968, which he concentrated on after his retirement and developed it into a profitable real estate enterprise. He was a caring and generous landlord often supporting families who needed assistance by reducing rent or not collecting rent until tenants "got back on their feet." He was known to lend a helping hand to family members and friends throughout the community. All who knew him, knew that he would go out of his way to help those who first tried to help themselves. When relaxing at home, you would frequently find him watching his beloved western movies, but his true passion was traveling. He traveled oversees with many of his children and to all 50 states, frequently by car, including one very long and fondly remembered car trip to Alaska. Willie most loved family and worked tirelessly to unite his family and served as president of United Family Reunion throughout its existence. His leadership and strong encouragement brought generations together. He will be deeply missed by a host of family and friends, his wife of 58 Years, Lillie Louise Moore Campbell; and his children, Brenda Asberry, Jacqueline Rutledge, Willie Timothy Campbell Jr., Jennifer Renee Robinson, Windell Campbell; Sheewayne Sandoval; and Wonjen Bagley and Kevin Tobias. The viewing will take place 5-8 p.m. Friday evening, at Aikens Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. The friends are asked to meet at the church on Saturday for the service.