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William Rosser Campbell

William Rosser Campbell 96, of Sanford passed away at Parkview Retirement Home on August 8, 2020. Private graveside services will be held at a later date.

Mr. Campbell was born in Lee County on March 13, 1924 to the late Joseph Edwin Campbell and Fannie Rosser Campbell. He is preceded in death by a son Barron Campbell and a granddaughter Crystal Diane Campbell.

Mr. Campbell joined the US Army during World War II, serving in the 847th Ordinance Division. He toured in Germany and France. He was extremely proud of his time in the service which led to his deep patriotism. He loved sharing stories of his military service and could frequently be seen around Sanford proudly wearing his red white and blue attire. Upon his return to Lee County, he had a successful long-term career with Metro Products of Atlanta GA until he retired at age 53.

Mr. Campbell shared a wonderful love story with his wife Grace. They were married for 73 years and rarely seen apart from each other. Their love and devotion to one another was transcendent. The staff at Parkview frequently relayed sweet stories of his adoration and continued care for Grace. He would often play his guitar and sing to her. He loved Big Band music and they loved dancing together. They also enjoyed traveling and spending time at Cherry Grove Beach, Emerald Isle and Seven Lakes.

Randy, Robby, Barron and Gayemell are grateful to their father for his devotion to family. He always exemplified great integrity, strong work ethic, and a grand sense of humor.

Rosser Campbell is survived by his wife Grace Hardy Campbell; sons Randy Campbell (Patricia) of Emerald Isle and Robby Campbell (Colleen) of Sanford; daughter Gayemell Shepherd (Dale) of Seven Lakes; grandchildren Kymberly Campbell Eckard, Christopher Randell Campbell, Chan Campbell, Joey Campbell, Lin Campbell, Ashlyn Tilley, Rosser Tilley, Talmadge Shepherd and Logan Saponaro; six great grandchildren and a sister Rhumell Ross of Raleigh.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Special Olympics 2200 Gateway Centre Blvd # 201, Morrisville, NC 27560, or Community Hospice 1836 Doctors Dr. Sanford, NC 27330.

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I first met Grace and Rosser 45 or 50 years ago when my parents (Kate and Morris King) were in a monthly bridge club with them. Sadly, of the four couples in the bridge club, only Grace is still living. Later, mom and dad and I would see them in the Dairy Bar, and he and dad would talk. When my parents moved to Parkview and later Grace and Rosser moved there, we would see them, always together, with Grace hanging on Rosser's arm, and with smiles on their faces. My sympathies to the family.

Kerry M. King, Winston-Salem Aug 17 2020 12:00 AM

robby and colleen, what a truly extraordinary and exceptional man Mr. Rosser was. He remembered my daddy and granddaddy in stories he related to me on several visits to he and grace. He and grace were so much fun to be around. there was love and laughter always in their presence. I loved him as a beloved member of the Clan Campbell and will forever hold him in my heart with my father and granddaddy Campbell. Pat and I will miss his wit and charm and we send our love to Mr. Rosser's family and our continued love and prayers to Grace. We love all of you as you are our family.

Patrick and Peggy Beckwith Aug 12 2020 12:00 AM

Andy and I send love and hugs. He was a treasure for sure.

Andy & Kim Neal Aug 10 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Campbell

John Paul and Linda Little Johnson Aug 10 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of William Campbell

Jo Aug 10 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry.

Paige Simpson Aug 10 2020 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of sorrow.

Eddie & Jackie Thomas Aug 9 2020 12:00 AM

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