Dateline: January 26, 2006

Funeral services for William Eugene McCampbell, age 49, were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2006, in the St. Stephens Baptist Church in Clarendon with Rev. Melvin Brooks, Pastor, Elder Roy Williams, and Rev. Jim Kelly, officiating.  Burial was held at Citizens Cemetery in Clarendon under the direction of Robertson Funeral Directors, Inc., of Clarendon.

Mr. McCampbell died Monday, January 16, 2006, in Amarillo.  He was born December 31, 1956, in Clarendon to Walter and Essie Jean McCampbell.  Williams, known to many as “Rooster,” attended and graduated from Clarendon High School in 1976.  He remained in Clarendon for years and held various jobs including at the local lumber yard, also as a cook at local restaurants, and finally obtaining a job with Burlington Northern Railroad.  William united in holy matrimony to LaRhonda Hicks on August 15, 1981, and later divorced in the early 90s.  He moved to Amarillo in 1984, where he obtained employment with Weyerhaeuser and worked until May 1994, at which time he was hospitalized.  He never fully recovered and spent the remainder of his life in a nursing facility.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter McCambpell; two grandons, William Smith and Sean Lowrie; one brother, Walter McCampbell, Jr.; and his grandparents, B.W. Smith, and Hamilton and Della McCampbell.

Survivors include his grandmother, Beatrice Smith of Clarendon; his mother, Essie Jean McCampbell of Clarendon; six daughters; LaShonda Smith of Clarendon, Tanglela Smith of Lubbock, Clarissa Smith of Clarendon, Stephanie Smith of Amarillo, Summer McCampbell of Ohio, and Dorothy Jean McCampbell of Amarillo; three sons, DeWayne Gardner of Oklahoma, Danny R. McCampbell of Clarendon, and Broderick McCampbell of Amarillo; four sisters, Barbara Smith of Clarendon, Geraldine Kelly of Fort Worth, and Billie Phillips, and Joe Vivian McCampbell of Los Angeles, California; two brothers, Stanley McCampbell of Amarillo and Danny D. McCampbell of Richmond; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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