John (Pappy) Franklin Campbell


March 22, 1932 - October 11, 2013

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John Franklin (Pappy) Campbell, Jr., 81, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 11, 2013 at Lewis-Gale Medical Center. He was born on March 22, 1932 at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia the son of the late John F. and Anna Stanley Campbell. Left to cherish his memory is his loyal wife of 62 years (high school sweetheart) Viola Nester Campbell; son, John Floyd Campbell of Memphis, Tenn.; daughter, Marilyn Harden Arthur and her husband, Mike Arthur; granddaughters, Christie Dooley and her husband, Chris, Taylor Campbell Harden; grandson, Michael Wayne Arthur; great granddaughter, Hailey Elizabeth Lowder; 2 great grandson, Jamey and Conner Dooley. He is also survived by his sister, Jean Frazier and her husband, Jerry; brother, Albert Campbell, all of Roanoke; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Frances Kidd and her husband, Charley and sister, Dorothy Parker and her husband, Jack. He graduated from White Sulphur Springs High School in 1950, served in the U. S. Army Signal Corp for 2 years. John and Viola moved to Roanoke in January 1955 to attend National Business College. John worked in the accounting field for a number of years before he and Viola opened Campbell Realty, Inc. in 1984. John managed the office and worked in sales until he became disabled with Alzheimer’s. From 2011 until his death, John was a resident at the Virginia Veterans Care Center where he received care from a warm and caring staff and the family would like to thank them for care he received during his stay. He was a member of Hollins Road Baptist Church where he has served as the Treasurer, Deacon and R. A. Counselor. John belonged to the Williamson Road Lions Club and the Isaac Walton League for a number of years, and was an avid hunter and gardener. The family will receive friends at Oakey’s East Chapel on Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM. A funeral service will be held at Oakey’s East Chapel at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 with the Rev. Charles (Chip) Doyle and Pastor Mark Washington officiating. Entombment will follow in Old Dominion Memorial Gardens.