McCammon, Charles Robert


Early Sunday morning, October 26, 1980, Charles Robert McCammon died from complications following heart surgery at 69 years of age. Bob was a native of Lancaster, Ohio, the son of Zachariah McCammon and Mary Miller. At the age of 9, the family moved to DeWitt, Arkansas and then to Pine Bluff. He graduated from Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas and received his B.D. Degree from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.
In 1942, he married Janelle Gunn. He received his first appointment in 1944 to Wilmot, Arkansas and then served as an associate at Asbury-Little Rock, Arkansas. He joined the Louisiana Conference and served at Plaquemine, Lake Providence, Leesville, Lafayette-Asbury, Franklin and Lafayette-First.
Bob was a builder. He built churches at Plaquemine and Grand River, the present sanctuary at Asbury, Lafayette and the Education Building at Franklin.
Bob’s family includes his wife, the former Janelle Gunn, of Lafayette; two daughters, Ms. Janelle L. McCammon and her husband, Dr. Raymond A. Rosenfeld, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Miss Mary Susan McCammon of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two sisters, Mrs. James F. Townsend of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and Miss Gail McCammon of North Little Rock, Arkansas; and one brother, Frederick V. McCammon of Baton Rouge.
For the life of Charles Robert McCammon
We give thee thanks, Oh God.
For his example of unceasing service,
His gifts of personal kindness and concern,
The devoted love shared by him and his wife,
His deep love for his children,
His commitment to civil rights and
The needs of the oppressed,
His quick smile, clever word, and
Appealing sense of humor,
The creative skill of his hands and
His desire to set things in order,
The special affinity he felt for “the young at heart”
And for the joys he brought,
The pleasure he enjoyed in admiring God’s universe—
From the squirrels in the backyard—
To the majesty of mountains,
The unique contribution of his ministry
In proclaiming Christ as Lord and Savior,
We give thee thanks, Oh God.
The service for this gentle Pastor, who believed in people, was conducted by his life long friend, Bishop Kenneth Shamblin, assisted by Reverend W. O. Lynch, Jr., at the First United Methodist Church, Lafayette, Louisiana, October 28, 1980
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1981, p. 173

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