Celebrating the life of William E. Campbell
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William attended Hendersonville Elementary School in Crewe, Virginia until his mother relocated to Baltimore, Maryland in search of better employment opportunities. He attended and graduated from Carver Vocational-Technical High School in Baltimore, Maryland where he specialized in automotive mechanics. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force.
At an early age, William accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized at Simmons Memorial Baptist Church (Baltimore, Maryland) by the late Reverend William King.
William loved children and was a father figure to many of his friends’ children. William Rucker was one of those children who shared that special bond. William called him “Lil Billy” and he referred to William as “Pop”.
A certified ‘Trucker’, William was employed for over 25 years as a Truck Driver. He was an active member of the Teamsters Union, Local 311. Having a strong passion and pure joy and love for driving, he could drive just about anything that had at least four wheels and a gas pedal: Tractor Trailers, Dump Trucks and all types of Heavy Construction Equipment.
Everyone knew William enjoyed sports, but he loved baseball. He was an avid player and was once scouted by a major league baseball team. Additionally, he enjoyed tinkering with cars, trucks, and small engines. He loved reading and working crossword puzzles.
Upon retirement, William moved back home to his beloved Crewe, Virginia. You could count on him being present at the Jennings Family Reunions, going to Walmart and just driving around the country side. He became active with the Voter Registration campaign in the election of President Obama.
William was known for his big heart, bright smile, wit and willingness to lend a helping hand. He was never at a loss for words and could think fast on his feet. In 2017, the Sharon Seventh Day Adventist Church of Crewe (Virginia) honored him for his dedicated service of assisting people in need in the community.
During his lifetime, he acquired many names that remained with him: Yow, Bill, Soup, Soupy, Campbell Soup, Ax Head, and Big William – all were as special to him as those persons who referred to him.
William loved his family and was committed to doing whatever he could for them. He leaves to cherish his memory: a step-sister, Evelyn Lee of Blackstone, Virginia and a host of loving cousins and friends.
Funeral Services Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm at W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home Chapel, Blackstone. Interment Campbell Family Cemetery, Crewe.
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