James Alex Campbell, Sr.

Born: Fri., Feb. 17, 1933
Died: Wed., Apr. 3, 2019

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Mr. James Alex Campbell, Sr., age 86, of Waycross (formerly of Blackshear), passed away Wednesday night (4/3/19) at Baptist Village Retirement Communities in Waycross following an extended illness.

Born February 17, 1933 in Amherst County, Virginia, he was a son of the late Eldridge Shelton and Ora Gladys Wheeler Campbell.  He grew up in Virginia and then joined the United States Army, serving in the Korean War. He and his wife moved around to several states before music and friends led them to the Waycross and Blackshear area more than 40 years ago.  He was a retired painter and wallpaper installer and was of the Church of God of Prophecy faith. 

Having grown up in the Blue Ridge Mountain area, he was a talented musician and could play anything with strings. In his early days, he had performed with such stars as Conway Twitty and Mel Tillis.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Ronald L. Ratcliffe; 3 sisters and two brothers-in-law, Mary Alice Rayner, Thelma Edwards (husband James), and Phyllis Irene Horne (husband Sherman); and his brother and sister-in-law, Paul Junior Campbell (wife Arlene).

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Janice Campbell of Waycross; 3 children, Rebecca Herrin (husband Billy Ray) of Waycross, James Alex “Jimmy” Campbell, Jr. (wife Jerita) of Waresboro, and Debra Thornton (husband Darren) of Mershon; 7 grandchildren, Selena Sweatt (husband Chris) of South Riding, VA, Jennifer Nolen (husband Jamie) of Blackshear, Jesse Herrin (wife Ellita) of Waycross, Stacy Harris (husband Jason) of Blackshear, Ashley Bush (husband Travis) of Atlanta, Barbi Jan Michtak (husband Frank) of Waresboro, and Bobby Campbell of Waycross; several great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Freda Ellen Ratcliffe of Pearisburg, VA; 2 brothers –in-law, Bill Rayner of Hopewell, VA and Fred Steven Ratcliffe of Pearisburg, VA; his beloved cat, Baby; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

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Cheri Hartford Cox and husband Harvie
   Posted Thu April 04, 2019
It is with the deepest sympathy and condolences for the passing of my Uncle James Campbell Sr. He was a very talented musician. He had a heart of

Cheri and Harvie Cox
   Posted Thu April 04, 2019
Uncle James you will sorely missed by many especially your nieces/nephews. Virginia has always been in your heart and I am glad it will be your resting place

Sarah Schuler
   Posted Thu April 04, 2019
Janice and Becky; I am so very sorry for your loss. My Love and Prayers to all those who loved Jim. He always wanted Will to travel to meet and jam with his brother in Virginia. As his eyesight deteriorated, Jim kept Janice and me busy praying for his safety. Janice was so afraid of storms; and he wanted her to feel safe. On one occasion they spent 3 days watching the weather channel while Will was at work. As soon as he arrived home, the music began until bedtime. Jim Loved his friends and his music. He was a faithful visitor as Will's health failed. He will be remembered with much love and respect.

Louise Campbell Turner
   Posted Thu April 04, 2019
I am sorry for your loss, I will miss talking to him. He will be remember playing his music which was so much a part of him. May God give the family peace at this time of sorrow.

Kevin Weaver
   Posted Thu April 04, 2019
R.I.P. Uncle James we all will miss you,love you.

Lucy E Martin
   Posted Thu April 04, 2019
Uncle James so sad that I didn’t get to see you before you went to heaven. But I know you are happy to be back with your family sisters and uncle Paul.And all of your other family members. We will meet again. Love you.

Daniel Tselepis
   Posted Thu April 04, 2019
I worked with Jimmy at Thoms Transport. May your heart be light and sorrows be soft.

Teresa Bagaria
   Posted Thu April 04, 2019
I am sorry for your loss. May God's Angels circle you with His comfort and love. Always know that we will see our loved ones again. You are in my prayers.

Herbert Edwards, wife Inge of Knittlingen Germany
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
Many of us admired and loved James for his musical talent. Our condolences go out to all the family and friends from Herbert and Inge , Daniel(son) and Yvonne, and grandkids Tom and Lilian. Rest in Peace Uncle James.

Jonathan & Cheryl Daniell
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
Jimmy & Family,
So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Praying for you all during this time of grief. May God bring you the comfort and strength you all need in the days ahead as only He can. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Ricky and Cathy Thornton & family
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
Y'all are in our thoughts and prayers during your time of loss.

kathy smiley
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
Mrs Janice and family, I'm so sorry to hear of Mr Campbell's passing. We lived next door to them. Such a sweet and loving couple. My son was his fishing buddy and taught him alot and had a bunch of laughs. He will be missed.

Bernadette Vaughan
   Posted Sat April 06, 2019
Jimmy & Jerita, so sorry to hear about your dad. You are in my prayers as well as Stacy and the rest of your family. Love & hugs!

Thomas Richard Smith
   Posted Sat April 06, 2019
Growed up with james in the woodlawn area of hopewell va he and i stayed in contact all our lives. When he visited he called and go to brothrr Pauls and play mudic until paul died. Yes Jamed was s real music tslented person could play all kinds of music especially country music spent many childhood days at his mom snd dads snd he dpent time at our house he played mudic with my dad who played the fidldel. I sure will miss my good freind his phone calls expecislly at christmas time we would tslk about ole tomes for hour. May Hof bless you as you taje yoyour journey to the promise land

Carol Lynn
   Posted Wed April 10, 2019
Sorry for your loss... My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family..

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