Max Campbell, age 75 of Knoxville passed away peaceably at St. Mary’s Medical Center on Thursday, Jan. 21 following surgery complications.
Max was born in Russell County to Powell and Bill Campbell, the third of six children. He grew up in Excelsior, W.Va. where his father was a coal miner. After graduating from Big Creek High School, where he was active in sports, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served honorably for twenty-one years in Germany, England, and the Philippines, along with stateside bases. Eight of those years were in Air Force Recruiting in Virginia.
After retiring from the Air Force, Max worked at Virginia Tech as a security policeman. He then served 20 years with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department in Pulaski. At the time of his retirement in 1993, he was chief deputy. He and his wife made their home in Dublin for 25 years.
Max was preceded in death by his mother and father, and one sister. He is survived by his wife of fifty-two years Donna; his son Robert Joel and wife Cindy and two grand daughters, Rebecca and Emily of Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas; his daughter Lori and husband Hugh, their son Logan and daughters Allison and Amelia of Roanoke. Also surviving are three sisters Ann Bean and husband Raymond of Welch, W.Va., Helen Shrader of Tazewell, and Fay DiMaio of Wilmington, Dela.; and many nieces and nephews who were very special to him.
Funeral service will be Sunday at 7 p.m. at Sharon Baptist Church, with Pastor Mark McCoig, Dr. James Robertson, Rev. Chad Williams, and Rev. Phil Taylor, director of missions for Bradley County, Tenn. The family will gather on Monday for private burial at the East Tennessee State Veterans’ Cemetery, where he will receive full military honors and be conferred by United States Air Force.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Ministry Center of Sharon Baptist Church, Pedigo Road, Knoxville, TN or to the Ben Atchley State Veterans’ Home, One Veterans Way, Knoxville, TN 37931.
Mynatt Funeral Home is serving the Campbell family. The family will receive family and friends Sunday, 6-7 p.m. at Sharon Baptist Church off Pedigo Road in Knoxville. Visitation will continue after the service. www.mynattfh.com