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Barry E. Campbell

Barry E. Campbell

July 26, 1942 - April 19, 2020     Age: 77

Barry Eugene Campbell, age 77 of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at the McGraw Center of Caring in Jacksonville.

Barry was born in Bedford County, VA to the late Reverend Eugene C. Campbell and Gwendolyn Johnson Campbell. After graduating from Montvale High School in 1960, Barry married his high school sweetheart, Linda Giles Campbell, and they were blessed to celebrate 59 glorious years together. He attended Lynchburg College, where he graduated with a history degree in 1963. From there, Barry began his career at New London Academy in Bedford where he was able to find his lifelong passion in education. He was a well-loved teacher, principal and administrator and during this time, he and Linda became parents to their son, Jason. Barry was actively involved with his community and family. He was a member of the Lions Club, a Cub Scout master, and the coach for his son’s Little League baseball team.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Barry went on to get his Master’s degree and Doctorate in Education from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. It was very special to Barry that he was able to attend the University at the same time as his son, Jason.

Barry was in Lynchburg City school administration until 2000, retiring as the Deputy Superintendent. At that time, he and Linda moved to Chester, SC, where he became the Superintendent of Chester County schools. He remained in Chester until retiring for good in 2006.  He and Linda then moved south to Fernandina Beach, FL to be closer to their precious granddaughter, Carsyn, on whom they have always doted.

Barry kept very active by serving on the board for Communities in Schools in Fernandina Beach as well as the President of his homeowner’s association in North Hampton. He enjoyed golf with many friends and loved to tailgate and attend UVA football games. On many evenings, you would find Barry on the back porch with a cigar and cocktail in hand and a story to be told.

Anyone who met Barry was instantly engaged and enveloped in his warmth and focused attention. He was so loved by his family as well as friends and acquaintances. His easy nature and positive outlook were a blessing to all.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Linda Giles Campbell; son Jason E. Campbell (Thea) of Jacksonville Beach, FL; granddaughter Carsyn Marie Campbell of Jacksonville Beach, FL; brother Ted Campbell (Caperton) of Madison Heights, VA; uncle Danny Johnson of Bedford, VA; and several nieces, nephews and extended family.

Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for Barry may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and the Nassau County Council on Aging Adult Day Healthcare Program.

37 Condolences

  • Pamela J. Bowling , Arcadia Florida Posted April 21, 2020 10:12 pm

    So sorry to hear this. So many family members are in Heaven. Prayers for all.

  • Theresa Miller Posted April 22, 2020 9:03 am

    Ssssssooooo sorry Linda to hear Barrys passing. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

  • Colson Hillier Posted April 22, 2020 10:15 am

    Barry was truly the epitome of a Southern Gentleman – you will be missed but never forgotten, my friend and fellow Cavalier!

  • Gail Cook Posted April 22, 2020 12:24 pm

    I met Barry while serving on the CIS BOD. I found him to be engaging, witty and very knowledgeable. His love of public education and the students in Nassau County was very evident. His input was invaluable. I have not seen him in many years, but as soon as I saw his picture many memories of conversations we had returned. I will be praying for God’s peace and comfort during your time of loss.

  • Merle Herndon Posted April 23, 2020 6:28 am

    Linda and Jason, I have so many fond memories of Barry. I followed Barry as principal at Linkhorne Elementary. I learned so much from him and will always remember his vivacious personality and love for others. He will truly be missed!

  • Harriet (Creasy) Edwards Posted April 23, 2020 6:38 am

    I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Campbell’s passing – I remember him from New London Academy – he was always so kind and cared very much for us students. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  • Nancy Foster Posted April 23, 2020 7:38 am

    BarryLindaJasonTheaCarsyn
    The names one word
    Fondly spoken by Gene and Gwen
    During my many visits with them
    Love and warmth to you

  • Melva Creasy Walker Posted April 23, 2020 8:23 am

    Linda, My true sympathy and prayers to you and your family. Mr. Campbell (as I knew him growing up in the Bedford County school system was a true leader, professional, and always cared about his students’ success. I always remember both of you and your true kindness. My prayers of comfort to you at this time. (By the the photo is beautiful and exactly as I remember both of you).

  • Sandy Walker Posted April 23, 2020 8:34 am

    I will remember Barry forever! He was an amazing, caring administrator while working with the Lynchburg, VA city school system. Barry was someone who was a great listener and was a person who was always ready to step in with ideas and help if needed. His sense of humor was great and many LCS employees will remember the skits he and others performed at the end of the school year teacher banquets. I’m sure he will be remembered very fondly by SO many people whose lives he touched. I feel very fortunate to have known him while I worked as an LCS elementary school counselor. My sincere condolences to Barry’s whole family.

  • Erwin Callaham Posted April 23, 2020 8:39 am

    Mr. Campbell was a wonderful teacher and man.thanks for all the life lessons. Well Done. Rest in peace. Prayers for the family.

  • Donnie Morris Posted April 23, 2020 8:59 am

    So sorry to hear of Barry passing. I met Barry and Linda years ago when the Campbell’s moved to Elon. Barry’s dad pastor of Elon Baptist Church , and Mrs. Campbell teaching school at Elon Elementary. Barry and Linda chaperoned five teen-age boys at Myrtle Beach along with Barry’s parents .I’m sure they will never forget that experience. It has been a privilege to know Barry and Linda ! I am sorry for your great loss Linda and Jason.

  • Connie Schieck Posted April 23, 2020 9:24 am

    Linda, we are so sorry to learn of Barry’s passing. We have such fond memories of you both as our neighbors in Forest. Those were great days as we were raising our children and enjoying life at the end of Gumtree Road! My your fond memories and love for Barry give your comfort at this most difficult time.

  • Jeff Schleicher Posted April 23, 2020 10:22 am

    Linda, Lucy and I are so saddened to learn about the passing of Barry. Barry was a true friend and will be missed dearly.

  • Barbie Anderson Randolph Posted April 23, 2020 10:25 am

    Mrs. Campbell I am so very sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Campbell. Barbara and I were talking about you two not to long ago. The memories from New London and working under hs leadership in Lynchburg was awesome. I know it’s has been a life time since I have seen you but we are the Anderson twins just in case you forgot we loved you and Mr. Campbell both dearly and thought very highly of you both. My prayer are with you and Jason and the rest of the family.

  • Sandi Kiger Posted April 23, 2020 11:05 am

    To Linda and Jason and family
    I remember Barry so well, as a former supervisor of mine in Lynchburg. Actually, I was his last Lynchburg secretary.. I always liked seeing you at the UVA games and I mIssed seeing both of you when you moved too far away to attend them regularly. I will always remember him as one of my favorite Bosses. You have my sincere sympathy.

  • Wendy Ballengee Posted April 23, 2020 1:00 pm

    I had the great pleasure of working for Barry at Linkhorne Elementary, and while it was for a short time, he left me with many fond memories. In later years, when we would see each other, he would always stop to say hello and ask about my family. He was a warm, friendly, funny, and caring man. My sincere sympathy to his family.

  • Ann Duncan Posted April 23, 2020 1:32 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Barry. He was the principal at Forest Elementary School while my good friend Elizabeth Caldwell was the librarian. He was always supportive of his teachers and created a warm and loving atmosphere in the school. He was kind enough to share his Jack Tales storytelling talent with the students at my school. I know he will be missed and my prayers are with the family.

  • Janet Fitch-Johnson Posted April 23, 2020 2:49 pm

    Linda, I use to babysit Jason. I am thinking of you fondly at this sad time.

  • Brooke Bell Pettyjohn Posted April 23, 2020 6:08 pm

    Jason and Family,
    I was so sad to read about the death of your father in the Lynchburg paper. I have many wonderful memories of him from his Forest Elementary School Principal days. (I seem to also recall a very large, heavy wooden paddle that hung on a wall behind his desk…) I think about your father time and again as i encounter school leaders with my own children, They do not make them like your father anymore. He was kind, generous, patient and someone who, almost forty years later, still brings a smile to my face. My years at Forest Elementary were wonderful because of you, Joe, Stacy, Randy, and Mike. But they may not have been as fantastic without your dad. My husband, Clu sends his condolences as well.

  • Erik Rowan Posted April 23, 2020 7:36 pm

    I was deeply saddened to hear about your family’s loss. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers!

  • Faye Sparks Posted April 23, 2020 9:10 pm

    Linda I am so sorry about the passing of Barry. Such a sweet couple. My dad Ernest thought so much of Barry. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. With much love and sympathy Faye Sparks

  • Linda &Roger Taylor Posted April 24, 2020 7:47 am

    We were so shocked to hear about Barrys passing.You both were our first friends when we moved to Lynchburg. We have so many good memories.Our love and deepest sympathy to you and Jason.

  • Carol O Lee Posted April 24, 2020 8:03 am

    Barry and Linda and my husband, Clark and I were friends since way back. We played many card games while our boys played together. Barry and I taught together at NLA and I taught for him as principal at FES. My most precious memory is when my husband, Clark died and I looked at the long line at his visitation and there were Barry and Linda. Good friends ’til the end. Thinking of you dear Linda. Much love to you.

  • Wanda Heck Roberts Posted April 24, 2020 8:25 am

    Mr. Campbell was my elementary principal at Forest Elementary in Forest Va. He was a kind and caring principal. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time. May God bless you. I am truly thankful Mr. Campbell was in my life at an early age.

  • John & Wanda Murphy Posted April 24, 2020 8:58 am

    Linda, our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Love the picture of you and Barry. Have fond memories of you and Barry when our children were at Forest Elementary. May God comfort your heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  • Leegie Kirby Posted April 24, 2020 10:26 am

    Linda, You probably don’t remember me but I am a parent of one of your Boonsboro Elementary Family. I remember you so well during those years at Boonsboro. I would later like to get together on line and catch up. I did not know your husband,Barry, but he must have been a wonderful man. My sympathies goes out to you and your family for your loss..

  • Keĺly Parnell Posted April 24, 2020 11:16 am

    You have my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Lois Bond Booker Posted April 24, 2020 1:43 pm

    Linda, it’s hard to know what to say at a time like this. So, I’m sending love in place of words and prayers for everything your heart needs at this time.

  • Bobby and Sharon Johnson Posted April 25, 2020 9:49 am

    Mrs.Campbell,
    Bobby and I were sad to hear about Dr. Campbell. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Ron & Tara Lindhart Posted April 26, 2020 8:29 am

    Linda,
    Ron and I both thought so highly of Barry. He was a warm and wonderful man. You two are a great love story! We are here for you during this difficult time.

  • Ofelia Angus Posted April 26, 2020 11:37 am

    Dear Linda and family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I guess God needed a helper. I have always thought of you and Berry. He was the best principal in Forest. The best friend to the parents and the children. He never hesitated to give a hand when one was needed. He was a wonderful Godly man and a help to our family when one of my children and another student had to go to the hospital. He had always been remembered by my five children because of all his kindness. May the Lord hold you all in His loving hands. With prayers and love from your friend in Christ, Ofelia Angus

  • Gary Giles, Dallas, TX Posted April 26, 2020 12:16 pm

    I remember “Mr Campbell” so well. He was a wonderful Principal, knew everyone by name and knew how to get through to adolescent boys (umm…like me and a few I may know). He was active in the community, in particular the Lions Club which supported our Scout troop and I recall watching him umpire many little league games. Barry Campbell was the kind of man you want involved in your child’s life. I pray Linda and Jason take some comfort in the fact Mr Campbell made a wonderful and lasting impact in this world.

  • John and Sue Cummins Laurel, MD Posted April 27, 2020 8:12 pm

    Dear Linda ,
    John and I were sadden to hear about Barry. We always enjoyed seeing you and Barry at North Hamptons golf, dinners and dancing. Our condolences to you and your family.

  • Cynthia Parish Posted April 28, 2020 9:01 am

    Linda, I’m so very sorry about your loss. Although I didn’t know him, if he was ever called your better half, then he must have been one really fine fellow.

  • Sue (McVeigh) Whittington Posted May 1, 2020 11:32 am

    Dear sweet Linda, Barry was my favorite boss ever. I loved that we got to see you all when you moved to Florida and will always remember our tailgate party at FSU. For someone as lively as Barry to be taken away from us at such a young age is really tragic, but I am so relieved that you moved to be closer to Jason, Thea and Carsyn all those years ago and I hope to be able to attend the services when you have them. Sending all of you some love.

  • Joe Bresette Posted May 4, 2020 9:24 am

    Linda, Jason and family, We are so very sorry for your loss. Barry was a star–highly intelligent, blessed with so much common sense and a captivating smile we will all miss.. Barry was both a Board member and President of the North Hampton Home Owners Association where he contributed greatly to the quality of life in our large community. His contributions and commitment to the Nassau County Community in Schools made a very real difference for so many students who he directly helped. A very special guy Linda. God Bless.

  • Wallace Thompson Posted May 14, 2020 5:10 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss I worked with Mr. Campbell when he was Superintendent of the Chester County School District. I was Executive Directot of Communities In Schools, and he was so supportive of this program. He was a very special person who loved children and his family.

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