Billy Campbell

Billy G. Campbell

Friday, December 21st, 2018
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Memorial services for Billy G. Campbell, 88, of Athens, are scheduled for Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Lake Athens Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Curry officiating.

Mr. Campbell passed away December 21, 2018. He was born August 30, 1930 in Henderson County. He retired from the United States Air Force having served from 1949 to 1969 in both the Territory of Alaska and Korea. After retiring from the military, Mr. Bill taught science for two years at Cross Roads and science and distributive education for thirteen years in Athens. Known as Uncle Willie, he joined the Texas Baptist Men’s Church Builders in 1992. He traveled all over building numerous churches and volunteering for disaster relief for Christ and the Glory of God. He served as the second vice president of the organization before retiring in 2014. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Athens from 1968 to 2017 and served as deacon from 1969 to 1976 before joining Lake Athens Baptist Church. Poppa was a lover of God and family and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. Bill loved writing poems, was an avid reader and story teller whose hobbies included carving, woodworking and playing Free Cell.

He is preceded in death by parents, William Oscar Campbell and Mary Myrtis Corkern; and brothers, Jimmy Dan and Bobby Lane Campbell.

Survivors include wife, Mattie Lou Campbell of Athens; children, Susan Partida and husband Marty of Whitehouse, Russell Campbell and wife Traci of Bastrop; brother-in-law, R.B. Richardson and wife Peggy of Athens; sister-in-law, Billie Campbell of Frankston; grandchildren, Russell Byron Campbell II and Stormie, Amanda Brite and Steven, Sarah Howard and Sky and Darah Partida; great grandchildren, Madilyn Rose Campbell, Rustin Brite, Asher Howard, Brinley Campbell and Nevaeh Jena; and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Texas Baptist Men Church Builders Fund, 5351 Catron, Dallas, Texas 75227 or at

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home family.
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    Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 2:00pm
    Lake Athens Baptist Church
    5151 FM 2495
    ATHENS, TX 75752
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Ann Hornsby

Posted at 02:21am
Mr.Bill as we called him was a great man and always had a smile to share. I was just an average student but he always had a way of making you feel like you were someone special. I always made it a point to speak to him anytime I saw him in town. I am so blessed to have gotten to speak to him a few weeks ago at green oaks.

Ann(Baker) Hornsby


Posted at 04:30pm
Mr Bill was a dear man!! There are so many young people in this community (as well as his colleagues) who were richly blessed by his presence at AHS. Wonder what type of mischief he and Charlie are up to today?
Lou and family we will keep you all in our prayers.
“May the Peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, ...guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." __Philippians 4:7
Our Love,
Ailsa & Guy

Kim (Sparks) Burkham

Posted at 03:38pm
Mr. Campbell will be greatly missed. He was a sweet man and a wonderful teacher to many!
Sending my prayers to the family and loved ones!

Genia Richardson

Posted at 08:28am
Love and Prayers to all.
Genia Richardson


Posted at 08:04am
I'm sorry for your loss may you find comfort in Jehovah's promise at John 5:28,29, for more info

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