Virgil Ray Campbell, age 91, of Springfield, KY passed away at 7:10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at Baptist Health in Lexington. A native of Washington County, he was born on March 17, 1930, to the late Arthur Benson and Martha Rose "Mattie" Coyle Campbell. He was a member of the Springfield United Methodist Church, an army veteran, a retired employee of Bellsouth Telephone Company and a farmer. He was a standout on the Springfield High School football team and continued his love of sports throughout his life, often coaching his Kentucky Wildcats from his armchair in front of the TV. Preceding him in death were two sisters, Eleanor Cundiff on March 4, 1999 and Robbie Santos on June 15, 2011 and two brothers, Francis M. "Frank" Campbell on Nov. 10, 1977, and Joseph E. Campbell on Dec. 10, 2016. Survivors include his high school sweetheart and wife of 67 years, Norma Jean Hardesty Campbell; two sons, Jeffrey Campbell (Anne) of Longwood, FL and Philip Campbell (Erika) of Springfield; a daughter, Cindy Campbell Roberts of Lexington; six grandchildren, Chelsea Rae Austin (Ryan), Rebecca Campbell, Rachel Jean Roberts, Charlotte Campbell, Wesley Campbell and Gwendolyn Rhea Campbell; two great grandchildren, Abigail Austin and Jacqueline Austin and two sisters, Betty Reddick of Knoxville, TN and Clara Grissom (Jim) of Overland Park, Kansas. Funeral services will be held at 11 Wednesday, September 1st at the Carey & Son Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Bailey, pastor of the Springfield United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be on Cemetery Hill in Springfield where military rites will be conducted by the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard. Serving as pallbearers will be Jeffery Campbell, Philip Campbell, Wesley Campbell, Scott Campbell, Rachel Roberts, and Charles Hardesty. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Terry Bland, Frank "Buddy" Campbell and Joe Campbell.
Published by The Springfield Sun from Sep. 1 to Sep. 7, 2021.