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John Walden Campbell

September 20, 1936 — March 27, 2022


Mr. John Walden Campbell, 85, of Woodbury, Tennessee passed away on March 27, 2022. He was born in Woodbury, Tennessee on September 20, 1936. Preceding him in death were his parents, Charles Albert & Opal "Christine" Prater Campbell; son, Gerry Campbell; and brother, Rexton Campbell.

He is survived by his wife, Marion Denny Campbell of Woodbury; sons, Kevin (Karen) Campbell of Readyville and Kyle (Jenni) Campbell of Lufkin, TX; sister-in-law, Kay Campbell of Woodbury, grandchildren, Ethan (Katie) Campbell, Ramsay Campbell, Benjamin Campbell, and Grayson Campbell; also, Marilyn Greene, Barbara (Tim) Luna, Sarah Cornell, Zack Dickey, and Zeke Dickey; and 2 great grandchildren.

John graduated from the old Central High School with the class of 1955.  There are pictures of him and Rexton climbing to the top of the big flagpole in front of the building and painting it.  He met Marion in high school.  They were married on May 7, 1956, and were married for 66 years.

John spent 35 years of his working career as a salesman for Bill Trail Motor Company.  After that he and Marion made doll and children’s chairs.  They were distributed all over the southeast.

John knew what was important, and his vision for himself and his family was one where they served the Lord. He was a member of the Church of Christ.  He was the great nephew of H. Leo Boles of David Lipscomb College and the great, great grandson of the restoration preacher “Raccoon” John Smith. When he was young, he attended services at the old Ivy Bluff Church of Christ.  Later, he was a faithful member of the West High Street Church of Christ since it began in 1968. He as an accomplished song leader.  In his later life, his favorite songs were "I'll Be a Friend to Jesus" and "Jesus is All the World to Me," and his family would often find him singing them to himself.

John loved the outdoors and he loved to fish.  He spent many days on lake Anne with one of his favorite fishing companions, Richie Hunter.

Visitation will be held at Gentry-Smith Funeral Home on Saturday, April 2, 2022 from 4:30-8 pm. Funeral services will be Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 2 pm in the Gentry-Smith Funeral Home chapel. Kevin and Kyle Campbell will officiate. Pallbearers will be Ethan Campbell, Benjamin Campbell, Grayson Campbell, Lee Campbell, David Duggin, and Mance Davis. Interment will be in Thyatira Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association (225 N. Michigan Ave, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or or Hospice Compassus - The Highland Rim (1805 N. Jackson Suite 11, Tullahoma, TN 37388).

Share memories and condolences at Gentry-Smith Funeral Home, 303 Murfreesboro Rd. Woodbury, TN 37190, 615-563-5337 Because every life has a story


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