Harvey Franklin Campbell
Surrounded by his family, Harvey Franklin "Hop" Campbell, 68 years young, saddled his horse and rode into the gates of heaven on Monday, Feb. 24, after a heroic battle with inherited liver disease. He was born in Concord, Tennessee, on July 26, 1945 to Ralph Franklin and Helen Marie Campbell.
Hop married his best friend and soul mate, Reet Carter, on Oct. 25, 1974 in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
He graduated from Farragut High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. After graduating from East Tennessee State University, Hop spent two years in the United States Army. A natural athlete, he competed in various sports in high school and as played football in college and in the army.
Hop worked as a corporate safety manager, based in San Antonio for most of his career. On numerous occasions throughout his career, he was acknowledged for his outstanding leadership abilities. A charter member of the Pipe Creek Presbyterian Church, Hop served on the Bandera Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Hop was a true country boy who loved God, life, friends, his ranch and, most of all, his family. He loved the simple life of riding horses, cooking, eating and visiting with family and friends. Hop also enjoyed traveling and had been to 48 states.
He was an extraordinary husband, brother, father, grandfather and a wonderful friend to all that knew him.
Hop is survived by his loving wife of 39 wonderful years, Marguerite Campbell; son Jake Campbell; daughter Lucy Campbell and Juan Gonzales; daughter Sara Campbell and Paul Lamascus; sister Peggy Teffeteller; honorary sister Nancy Newhouse; brother-in-law Nick Tronolone; grandchildren, Charlsie Campbell and Harvey Jake Gonzales; nephew Sam Kosier; niece Dana Eddington; Jimmy and Martha Shelton; and countless special friends, family and neighbors. Hop also leaves behind numerous dogs, grand-dogs, horses and cattle that he so dearly loved.
He was greeted in heaven by his parents, Ralph and Helen Campbell; sister Betty Lynn Tronolone; brother-in-law Jim Teffeteller; niece Debra Trempe; special aunt Charlsie Shelton; first wife Wanda Fletcher Campbell; dear friend Barry Baker; and his loyal Rottweiler, Littlebit.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 4, at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Bandera. A celebration of life and interment will take place in Knoxville at a later date.
Honorary pallbearers included Mona Smith, PD Marceaux, Mervin Buxkemper, George Turner, Rob Burns, Jim Shelton, Charlie Mason, Lyndon Welch, Bud Fritts and Johnny Lethgo.
The family would like to thank the FHS class of 1963; Hop's family and friends from Texas and Tennessee; the lab, radiology dept and Dr. John Carry of MSTH in San Antonio; Gwen Qualls; Barbara Story; Tri- County Home Health Care; River City Hospice; and Tina Leggett.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Hop's name to The Brighter Days Horse Refuge, 682 Krause Road, Pipe Creek 78063 or to The New Harmony Cemetery in Concord, Tennessee.
Condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the "Send Condolences" link at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com.
"I could have missed the pain, but I'd have had to miss the dance" - Garth Brooks
Arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.