Sgt. Major (retired) Harold L. Campbell Sr., 80, of Malden, W.Va., had the honor of receiving his second set of wings. Harold obtained his first set of wings in the military and his final wings, angel wings, on Jan. 23, 2013, after a long battle with congestive heart failure.
Harold was born on Feb. 22, 1932, in Malden, W.Va. to Vernon L. and Elsie (Kelly) Campbell, attended and graduated from DuPont High School in 1950. Harold held various jobs before enlisting in West Virginia National Guard in November 1949. While with the National Guard he was assigned to Fort Benning, Ga., 508th Airborne Command in support of the Korean War efforts. In February1954, Harold was reassigned to the WV National Guard 150th Tank Squadron, and then in 1961 became the newly formed 16th Special Forces Group which later became the 19th Special Forces Airborne Group where he received his jumpwings as a Master Parachutist. He retired from the W.Va. National Guard in 1974 after 23 years of military service. For 31 years Harold was also employed with the U.S. Postal Service.
Harold is survived by his six children, Kathy (Kenny) of Charleston, Harold (June Bug) (Debbie) Campbell Jr., of Parkersburg, Pamela Hutton of Charleston, Tammy (Robert) Kinser of Campbells Creek, James (Carla) Campbell of Charleston, and Brenda (Donny) Good of Charleston. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Randy (Amanda) Campbell, Ericha (Stephen) Wilson, Danielle Hovatter, Kevin and Zack Cambell, all of Charleston. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Lane Campbell and Sadie Wilson.
Harold is also survived by brother, Dick (Barbara Campbell), Cattletsburge, Ky.; sister, Marie (Mallie) Johns, Charleston, and sister-in-law, Kay Campbell, Ocala, Fla.
Harold was preceded in death by brothers, Charles and Donald Campbell, first wife, Mary Dean Campbell (mother of all six of his children) and second wife, Eunice Campbell.
During his lifetime, Harold was a member of the Rand First Church of the Nazarene in Charleston, W.Va., and the College Park Church of God in Ocala, Fla. As a member, Harold served as a school teacher and sang in the choir. He served his community by coaching farm team baseball and a member of the Malden Elementary PTO, and a member of the Malden Volunteer Fire Department.
Monetary contributions may be made to the Rand First Church of the Nazarene, 305 Davidson Ave., Charleston, WV 25306 in Harold's memory.
Friends and family will be received 6-8 p.m. today at Rand First Church of the Nazarene. Services with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Rand First Church of the Nazarene, with Rev. Gordon Killian and Rev. Rob Hairston officiating. Interment at Tyler Mountain Memorial Gardens. The Good Shepard Mortuary of Charleston is assisting the family with arrangements. The Rand First Church of the Nazarene will be hosting a dinner for all family and friends following interment.