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Raymond E. Campbell, 1911-1988

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The Rev. Raymond E. Campbell was born December 13, 1911, in Bath County, Virginia, to Walter Lee and Bessie (Paxton) Campbell. He married Edna Lavon Fulwider, who preceded him in death December 16, 1950. Seven children were born from this union: Mary Christine, Raymond Lee, Victor Elwood, Edna Lavon, Tyrone Stephen, Dorothy Louella and Rebecca Ann. On June 29, 1951, the Rev. Campbell married Bertha Inez Whitesell and together they served the Lord in many fields of service during their lives together. Of this union one daughter, Sandra Helen, was born; and one son, Jonathan Grey. The Rev. Campbell is survived by his nine children, 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Campbell served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Upon his return from his duty in the Navy, he was converted in a revival meeting at First Church of the Nazarene in Staunton, Virginia, in the summer of 1950 and the Lord called him into Christian service. He began working for God's kingdom shortly thereafter.

He, along with his companion Bertha, served with their preaching and singing all over the state. Some of the areas they served were: Cumberland, Maryland EUB, Edinburg Charge, Churchville Charge, Pleasant Valley in Harrisonburg, Union Charge in Columbia Furnace, Bethlehem EUB in Swoope, Mt. Herman, Mt. Jackson and many more. He and Bertha were well known for their ministry of preaching and singing. After his retirement, the Rev. Campbell continued to be guest minister at various churches and performed weddings and funerals. They sang for many homecomings and revivals.

While at Pleasant Valley, the Rev. and Mrs. Campbell released an album of gospel songs, four of which were composed by the Rev. Campbell. During the years that followed, because of failing health, he and Bertha spent winters in St. Augustine, Florida, and later moved to Pomona Park, Florida, where he departed this life November 6, 1988. Funeral services were held at Henry Funeral Home in Staunton, Virginia, the Rev. Paul E. Bohi officiating. He was laid to rest in Thornrose Cemetery, Staunton, Virginia.
-Christine C. Huff


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