Leroy Campbell, Jr.,was born on February 16, 1930, in Roans Prairie, Texas. He was the oldest son and second child born to Leroy Campbell, Sr. and Annie Lee Lowery Campbell. He peacefully went to Heaven on Monday, December 14, 2015.
His parents, Leroy Campbell, Sr. and Annie Lee Lowery Campbell; brother, Willie Campbell; sisters Cora Lee Ray and Annie Lee Price; son, Tommie C. Minor; and grandson Tony C. Minor preceded him in death.
Leroy attended school in Piedmont, Texas (now known as Anderson, Texas). He was inducted into the army at the age of 20, and was honorably discharged in 1956. After his military discharge, he went to work as a civil servant at the U. S. Public Hospital in Galveston, Texas where he was medically retired due to Thalassemia and given 6 months to one year to live (51 years ago). After God spared his life, he held many odd jobs until he started working at the Dickinson Shell Service Station as an awesome mechanic. In 1980, he retired a second time from Shell to run the company his sons created, Campbell’s Lawn Service. Leroy retired for the third and final time in 2000. He had strong work ethics, which he passed on to his children. Leroy has worn many hats and held many titles throughout his 85 years, however the proudest titles he held were as a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, caretaker and stranger to none.
Leroy was known for his sense of humor, practical jokes, gentle spirit, and happy disposition.
At an early age, Leroy was baptized at Little Flock Baptist Church in Piedmont, Texas under the leadership of the late Reverend Richard Andrews. When he relocated to Dickinson, Texas, he joined Greater New Hope Baptist Church where he served as an usher and deacon. In 1989, Leroy joined Abundant Life Christian Center where he remained a member until he went to Heaven.
Leroy married Rosie Lee Conway on December 18, 1950, where they shared 64 years (4 days before their 65thwedding anniversary). To this union were born four children – Leroy III, Patricia, Matthew, and Marion.
He leaves to cherish his memories his spouse, Rosie Lee Campbell; four children, Leroy Campbell III (McAllen, Texas), Patricia Campbell (Kingsville, Texas), Matthew Campbell, Sr., (Mission, Texas), and Marion Campbell (Webster, Texas), and honorary daughter Mary Thornton (Dickinson, Texas); two daughters –in-law, Margaret Minor (Houston, Texas) and Alice Campbell (League City, Texas); 15 grandchildren - Chris Minor, Tonya Minor, Patrick Minor, Cedric Minor, Myisha Minor, Kimyia Minor, and Tauren “Tack” Minor (all of Houston, Texas); Valerie Campbell (San Antonio, Texas), Samuel Campbell and Chloe Campbell (McAllen, Texas), Dominique Hayward (La Marque, Texas), Matthew Campbell, Jr and Nia Campbell (League City, Texas), Eric Cavazos (San Antonio, Texas) and Fuad Olajuwon (Japan). Also included to cherish his memories are his 25 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.