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Novell Campbell
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Birth: Aug. 14, 1928
Death: Apr. 29, 2010


NOVELL CAMPBELL, 81, retired U.S. Postal clerk and musician, died April 29, 2010 in Washington, DC. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Monday, May 10 at V. H. Bins & Son Chapel. Services will be 12 noon, Tuesday, May 11 at Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church, with burial to follow in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Mr. Campbell was preceded in death by his wife, Mable Katherine Campbell. He leaves two sons, Gerard J. (Marsha) Campbell of Washington, DC and Novell Campbell, Jr. of Memphis; two sisters, Ernestine Smith and Erma Campbell; one brother, Ulysses Campbell, Sr.; and two grandchildren. V. H. Bins & Son Mid-South Funeral Home (Published in The Commercial Appeal on May 7, 2010)

Novell Campbell learned to play saxophone as a student at Hamilton High School and spent most of the rest of his life as a respected musician who kept his day job as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service. Campbell, 81, who died Thursday, had played as a session musician, usually on tenor sax, with musicians including B. B. King, Ike Turner, Rufus Thomas, Phineas Newborn, Charles Keel, Little Laura Dukes and Honeymoon Garner. His son, Gerard Campbell of Washington, said Mr. Campbell was a blues musician, but was also a major jazz fan. He worked during the week as a Postal Service employee and at night and on weekends as a musician. A niece, Terri Smith-Anderson, said Mr. Campbell would not let anyone touch his vast record collection, but, "He was the fun uncle who would let us get away with anything.... When I was a child he used to visit us on Mondays and eat my breakfast. I didn't like eating breakfast. It was a conspiracy between us." Mr. Campbell was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999. The cancer had returned and spread, said his son with whom he lived at the time of his death. He also leaves another son, Novell Campbell Jr. of Memphis; two sisters, Ernestine Smith of Lakeland and Erma Campbell of Memphis; and a brother, Ulysses Campbell of Memphis. Services will be at noon Tuesday at Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church in Whitehaven, with burial in West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. V.H. Bins & Son Mid-South Funeral Home has charge. (By Michael Lollar, published in The Commercial Appeal May 5, 2010)

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  Mable Katherine Campbell (1927 - 2003)
West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: Section R, Site 8945
Created by: Carole McCaig
Record added: May 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52083307
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