Campbell (morgan)

FALLS MILLS, Va. — Morgan Clay Campbell, 53, of Falls Mills, Va., passed away on November 30, 2008, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Charleston, W.Va. in 1955, and was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Jayne Eskins Campbell; father, Elgin Mack Campbell, and brother-in-law, James B. Kuhn, III.

Morgan is survived by his wife, Marguerite Denise Campbell; two children, Jennifer Kaye Campbell Owens and her husband Estel of Washington, Pa., and Sheri Diane Campbell of Falls Mills, and his sister, Deborah Ann Campbell Kuhn. Those of you whom knew this humble servant may not be aware that he was a “super hero,” not only in his younger days, but until the very end. Morgan was blessed with a family and job that he loved dearly. He often commented about how lucky he was to do something he loved and receive payment too. He taught and coached in the Tazewell County School system for the past 19 years having been wooed away from the Mercer County School system by Coach Carlock. He was the head football coach for Graham Middle School and the Assistant Football Coach at Graham High School until 2007 when he became ill. Morgan was the Graham High School Head Baseball Coach, and worked for the Bluefield Orioles Baseball Club for over 19 years during the summer months. Morgan was a rare, gifted person with vision, strength, character, and love. He received multiple scholarships to play football, when he graduated from Princeton High School, but he chose baseball. He was a stand-out in his younger days at PHS as a football and baseball hero, and a wrestling and weight lifting champion. He was a baseball star and was named to the All-State Team in his sophomore year at Patrick Henry Jr. College in Alabama where his jersey was retired. He is the only athlete from PHS to be entered in the Hall of Fame for two sports: football and baseball. Morgan was named as a Prep All American athlete in 1973-1974. After a knee injury and recovery at PHJC, he was offered a scholarship to play baseball at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La., where he earned his B.S. and won the heart of his wife, Denise. Morgan was also named as a VHSCA All-Star Coach. He loved and cared deeply for his family, friends, students, and the athletes he coached through the years. Morgan will be deeply missed by all.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 4, 2008 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bluefield, West Virginia with the Reverend Paul Wharton officiating. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. The Campbell family will receive friends and family at the Mercer Funeral Home in Bluefield from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3, 2008. A Christian Wake service will be held at 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1115, Dunbar, WV 25064-1115. Those wishing to share condolence messages with the family may do so by visiting www.mercerfuneralhome.com. The Campbell family is being served by Mercer Funeral Home in Bluefield, W.Va.

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