John was born on December 1, 1941 to Charles Cecil Campbell and Dorris Frances (Pugh) Campbell in Beeville, Texas. John was raised and attended school in George West, Texas, where he was a proud member of the 1958 George West Longhorn football team which reached the State semi-finals. Following high school, John attended Texas A& I University where he received a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture. John was a school teacher for the Three Rivers School District for many years, but at heart he was proud of being a working cowboy. John was a foreman on the Ward Ranches in Vanderbilt and LaWard, Texas from 1970-1980, and looked after ranches for his friend West Ward in Live Oak and McMullen Counties until his death. John was also a cowboy poet, and authored three books dealing with South Texas and cowboy life.
John was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Robert Cecil (Bobby), and Charles William (Billy).
John is survived by his two sons, William Cody (Mary Margaret) Campbell and John Casey Campbell; four grandchildren, Maggie Nicole Campbell, Darla Fay Campbell, Joseph Michael Sullivan (Kaitlin) and Joshua Reed Troell; and one great-grandchild, Joseph Caden Sullivan. John is also survived by his longtime companion, Dianne Dye.
Visitation was held on Thursday, February 20, 2014, from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at Galloway & Sons Chapel in George West, Texas. A rosary was held that evening at 7 p.m. at St George Catholic Church.
The funeral Mass was celebrated at 2 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2014, at St George Catholic Church. Interment followed at Gussettville Cemetery.
Donations may be made in John’s memory to the Dobie/West Performing Arts Theatre in George West, Texas.
Galloway & Sons Funeral Home