John Wishart Campbell
1923 - 2017
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LUMBERTON — John Wishart Campbell, 94, passed away peacefully Oct. 24, 2017, at his residence in Lumberton.

He was born Sept. 6, 1923, in Lumberton, to the late William Colin Campbell and Flora Wishart Campbell and was the grandson of local merchant and tobacconist J.H. Wishart. His sister, Jean Campbell Russell of Cynthiana, Ky., preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Adkins Campbell, whom he married on Christmas Day 1944, of the home; his children, John Wishart Campbell Jr. (Judy) of Manassas, Va., Leigh Campbell Pope (Grady) of Shallotte, N.C., Lisa Campbell Stuart (Bob) of Raleigh, N.C., and "like-daughters" Kathy Bryan Smith (Steward) of Huntersville, N.C., and Rene O'Neal Campbell of Manassas, Va.; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Additionally, Betty Nye held a special place in John Wishart's life, professionally as well as personally.

A graduate of Lumberton High School in 1941, he attended Davidson College prior to entering military service in 1943, and completed additional course work at Mississippi State University while on active duty. At the conclusion of the war he continued undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina, then entered and completed UNC Law School and was awarded a LLB degree in 1949.

John Wishart took his oath in 1949 before Superior Court Judge W.C. Harris, for whom the annual Robeson County Bar meeting is named. During his career, he was a partner in two Lumberton firms, Britt, Campbell & Britt and later Johnson, McIntyre, Hedgpeth, Biggs and Campbell, before establishing a sole practitioner office in what was his grandfather's Chestnut Street store. He later was partnered with the Raleigh firm of Teague Campbell Dennis and Gorham, LLP. The recipient of numerous honors and awards throughout his legal lifetime, including Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; President, North Carolina State Bar; North Carolina Lawyer's Hall of Fame, his renown as a trial lawyer is legendary. He retired at the beginning of 2013 having served the citizenry of Robeson County and across the state as an Attorney-at-Law for 63 years.

John Wishart maintained a strong sense of service throughout his lifetime. He was a member of the Lumberton Chapter of the Sea Scouts as well as being a member of the Boy Scouts, in which he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. During WWII, he completed the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet program and was awarded his pilot's wings, trained to fly both the B-24 and B-25 aircraft. After the war he returned to North Carolina to complete his education but later re-entered service with the USAF Reserves subsequently retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Office of the Judge Advocate General.

An avid golfer and long-time member of Pinecrest Country Club, John Wishart relished his regular rounds at the club, especially in warm weather, where, at 68 years of age, he had a round equal to his age. He was fortunate to have played some of the country's most famous courses but was most successful at Pinecrest, where he recorded three holes-in-one during his playing days.

A memorial service will be held on Oct. 27, 2017, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lumberton with Rev. David Ruth and Rev. Eva Ruth officiating. Interment at Meadowbrook Cemetery will follow the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America or the First Presbyterian Church.

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Published in The Robesonian from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26, 2017.
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13 entries
November 12, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Marcia Ouzts Brugger
November 1, 2017
John 6:40 God promises wonderful opportunities for our loved one who pass away. May you find comfort in the holy writings.
C Perry
November 1, 2017
My sincere condolences to the entire Campbell family. Mr. Campbell was an outstanding man from the greatest generation-one who will be greatly missed. My father, Charles Grantham, loved Mr. Campbell and, in their younger days, would play a round of golf together.
Doc Grantham
October 29, 2017
The Lennon family is with you in spirit. Saddened by the loss of our friend and neighbor.
George Lennon
October 27, 2017
You will be Dearly MISSED..............
October 26, 2017
October 26, 2017
My sincere condolences to the family. It is truly a blessing John lived a long life. He remind me of Psalm 90:10, an especially strong individual.
October 26, 2017
Dorthy Chance
October 26, 2017
Amazing man who lived a full and loved life. So much respect for this knowledgeable man.
Mickey Warner
October 25, 2017
A true legend. He and my father, Earl Britt, practiced law together and were lifelong friends. I always came away from my encounters with him thinking "What a special person he is." I have only good memories of this fine gentleman. May peace be with John, and his family and friends.
Clifford Britt
October 25, 2017
John was a great friend in my life. He was the only attorney at the Robeson County Bar that would present me to the Bar in 1972 so I could be admitted. We tried several great cases together during my 20 years in Robeson County. God bless his family at this time. Horace Locklear
Horace Locklear
October 25, 2017
I am so very saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Campbell. He was an extraordinary man and a dynamic attorney. I am very blessed to have known him. We shared the same birthday month and more importantly the love of the law. He always had time for me and enjoyed teasing me and showing off his trial skills. Everyone gravitated to him because he was so special. I will miss him. The Robeson County Bar will never be the same.

My sincere condolences to his family. May God give you strength and peace.

Assistant District Attorney Vanessa Burton
Vanessa Burton
October 25, 2017
Robeson County has lost an Iconic Attorney. Deepest thoughts & Prayers are with the Campbell Family.GOD has accepted another ANGEL on Tuesday am and I hope the family can find some solace & peace in knowing this. I had the pleasure of working with Attorney Campbell for 29 years and will miss his sense of humor and laughter. May he rest peacefully in Heaven
Attorney Jeffrey Wynn
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