STEPHENVILLE - George William Campbell, age 70, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Jan. 9, 2020 at Pittsburg Nursing Center, following a short battle with pancreatic cancer. A memorial service was held Jan. 12 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Pittsburg, Texas, where he was a member.

George was born on Feb. 25, 1949 to Bill and Arminta Campbell in Corpus Christi, Texas. Along with his older sister, Janie, George grew up in the Texas towns of Sayers, Carlton, Clute, and Houston, where their father pastored Southern Baptist churches. In the late 50s, George's parents bought a farm near Carlton, Texas that became a beloved part of family life for several generations and was a particularly special place for George. In 1967, he graduated from Jesse Jones High School in Houston, then attended East Texas Baptist University where he met his wife, Linda. They were married in 1968 and enjoyed 51 years together. George graduated with a bachelor痴 degree in 1970 and served as a youth and music minister until 1996. In 1983 he became a Registered Piano Technician, serving churches, homes and schools in an eight-county area for 30 years.

After college, George and Linda moved to Carlton, Texas, in Hamilton County, where they raised their two daughters. George was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1996. From 1996 to 2015 they lived in Stephenville and, though George could no longer lead music, they were active members of First Baptist Church. Due to declining health, in 2015, George and Linda built a small home behind their daughter痴 house in Pittsburg and made their home there for the final years of his illness.

George is survived by his wife, Linda Campbell; two daughters and their husbands, Kristine and Josh Koder of Pittsburg, Texas, Sara and Lyle O誰eal of Cleveland, Texas; six grandchildren, Wesley Koder, Justin and wife, Katherine Koder, Daniel O誰eal, Lauren O誰eal, Rachel O誰eal, and Hannah O誰eal; four great-grandchildren, Connor, Jace, Kaden and Emmie Lou; his sister, Jane Holmes of Crosby, Texas and niece Karen. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church in Pittsburg, Texas or to the Texas Baptist Men organization in Dallas.