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Mr. Anthony Campbell

June 14, 1954 ~ February 21, 2018 (age 63)

Anthony Campbell, Sr. was born in Griffin, GA on June 14, 1954 to the late Mayhue and Marian Campbell.  The fifth of six children, Anthony was delivered by a midwife – his great aunt, Hessie Miles, affectionately called B-Ama. Blessed with a kind and gentle spirit, Anthony was a glowing light to his family with his megawatt smile. When Anthony was five, his parents moved the family to Atlanta and he grew up enveloped and surrounded by the love of his immediate and extended family.  From an early age, he loved sports and followed in his big brothers’ footsteps by playing organized ball with the neighborhood teams. After leaving John Wesley Dobbs Elementary School, he entered Fulton High School during the first year of its integration.  As one of only a few African- American students, he experienced many challenges.  The great equalizer was that he was a star athlete, excelling in baseball, basketball, and football. 


After graduating Fulton High in 1972, Anthony enrolled at Paine College in Augusta, GA on an athletic scholarship. Many wonderful events in his life took place while he was at Paine. He was a starter on the college basketball team. During his freshman year, he celebrated the birth of his twin daughters, LaShundra and LaWanda. He pledged and became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. And, he met the love of his life, Linda Elam Campbell.  Anthony and Linda were married in 1974 and to that union were born four children, Anthony Jr., Christi, Nichole, and Sergio Mayhue.  Although he worked full-time “firing a boiler” at a pulpwood plant, and welcomed the birth of his namesake son, Anthony graduated from Paine in 1976 with a B.S. in Social Studies.


Anthony accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age, joining his parents in membership at Hosannah Methodist Church in Griffin, GA.  After marriage, he affiliated with his wife’s family church, Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in North Augusta, SC.  As Anthony tried to live his life obedient to the Word of God, he had some good days and he had some hills to climb, but through it all, God’s grace and mercy kept him safe and led him home. 


Anthony enjoyed life. Family was his most treasured blessing.  His dedication to his family was only second to his love of God. He was a loving son, husband, father, father-in-law, son-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, godfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend.  He found great joy in celebrating with family and friends and he relished any opportunity to “fire up his custom-designed grills” and cook the most tender, mouth-watering, best-tasting barbecue (ribs, chicken, sausage, burgers) that you could ever have the good fortune to taste. He also loved sports – whether he was playing, watching his sons, grandsons, relatives or friends, or watching his favorite hometown teams (the Braves, Falcons, or Hawks). While most people fear or shun the number 13, Anthony loved referring to himself as “the 13th warrior – the one who feared no one except God.”


On February 21, 2018, Anthony was at work for the Ambling Company when he humbly submitted himself to the Master’s call and transitioned peacefully at the age of 63.  Today, we rejoice in the knowledge that he has crossed the barrier of time, as we know it, and is forever at home with his Savior.


Anthony was preceded in death by his parents, Mayhue and Marian Campbell; his sons, Anthony, Jr., and Sergio Mayhue; his sister, Christine Campbell, and his brother, Herbert Campbell.  The wonderful memories of Anthony’s life will be cherished by his loving wife of 44 years, Linda Campbell; his devoted daughters, LaShundra Cade, LaWanda Cade, Christi Ryan (Mario), and Nichole Campbell “Niki”; his 15 grandchildren; his 6 great-grandchildren; siblings, Shirley C. Kilgore (Ronnie), James Campbell (Edwina), and Lois Renay Campbell; mother-in-law, Jean Quiller (Charles); special sons, Jarvis Little and Curt Oglesby; and a host of other relatives and friends




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