Campbell, Fred W.


It is an honor for me to be invited to write the memoir for my friend, the Reverend Fred W. Campbell. Born May 29, 1904 in Nashville. Tennessee, Brother Fred passed from this life January 15, 1995 in Alexandria, La.
Someone has said that “not all the heroes are on the battlefield.” Brother Fred was a noble soul who served faithfully and well as long as he had the energy to reach out to others. He never served the larger churches of the Louisiana Conference but he served from a big heart and a generous spirit
Survived by his wife, Essie Ruth Oark Campbell of Alexandria, Brother Fred was the father of one son, Fred, Jr., and two daughters, Marian Feldman and Catherine Eiland. He also had one brother and five grandchildren.
Before entering the United Methodist ministry Fred Campbell was a superintendent with
- the U. S. Postal service in New Orleans. After entering the ministry, he served churches in the New Orleans area, as well as in central Louisiana.
One of his colleagues said he had the reputation of being a good visitor, always eager to know people personally, not only the members he served, but community people of all faiths. So he was a good pastor to people in general.
His ministry extended into other areas. He was a member of the Grand Chapter of Royal Aich Masons of Louisiana. He held many offices in masonic orders, including being the Chaplain of fourteen different Masonic organizations.
At the time of his death, Reverend Campbell was the oldest living member of the Louisiana Annual Conference. His funeral was held in the First United Methodist Church of Alexandria, where his wife held membership. People remember him as a kind and gentle man who was low key but high spirited.
During his long illness, he was lovingly cared for by his faithful spouse. Ruth, and his friend. Ray Durbin.
The text used in his memorial service described this fine Christian minister:
“I have fought a good fight.
I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1995; p. 249 By Henry C. Blount, Jr.

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