William Earl "Willie" Campbell

November 18, 1938 - July 29, 2005

William Earl "Willie" Campbell age 66, passed away peacefully at his residence in McKinney, Texas on Friday, July 29, 2005. He was born November 18, 1938 in Fort Griffin, Texas to Windell Earl and Peggy Joyce (Blankenship) Campbell, both deceased. Willie graduated from Electra High School in Electra, TX in 1956 where he met the love of his life, Hazel Yvonne Payton. They were married in 1958 and moved to Dallas, TX in 1960, where he began a 33-year career with Texas Instruments in Dallas, including a 2-year stint in Singapore. He graduated in 1968 with Bachelor of Science degrees in both Mathematics and Physics from the University of Texas at Arlington, and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Computer Science in 1976 from East Texas State University in Commerce, TX. He attained the honor of Texas Instruments’ Member Group Technical Staff in 1985. Willie had a special gift for teaching and was an instructor at Computer Data Institute, Richland Jr. College, Collin County Community College and the University of Texas at Dallas. After retiring from TI, Willie and Yvonne became software consultants and had the opportunity to travel and work in many parts of the country, including Alaska, Kansas, Missouri, Florida, Arkansas and Ohio. He was known for his exceptional ability with software and computers and served as the “PC Doctor” for many family members and friends. His many loving relatives, lifelong friends and miniature dachshunds, Gus and Woodrow, will dearly miss him. Willie had many, many friends from Wesley United Methodist Church in McKinney where he was a member. Willie successfully fought colon cancer in 2003, but was unable to survive the aggressive lung cancer, which was diagnosed in March of this year. The family is deeply appreciative of the compassionate care and support of Dr. Kirby and his staff at the North Texas Regional Cancer Center in Plano, TX. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Hazel Yvonne of McKinney, TX, his daughter Pamela Chris Gerritsen and her husband Gary of Austin, TX, his son Christopher Clay Campbell and his wife Suzanne and his grandsons Ryan Payton Campbell and Mark Christopher Campbell of McKinney, TX, his brother Johnny Lee Campbell and his wife Pennie of Wichita Falls, TX, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and a great-granddaughter. Visitation with family will be held at the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in McKinney on Sunday, July 31 from 4 – 6 pm, and services will be held at the Wesley United Methodist Church in McKinney on Monday, August 1 at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in honor of William Earl be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church of McKinney, TX, the American Lung Association, or the American Cancer Society. Husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law, nephew, uncle, teacher and friend ---Willie’s presence on this earth touched our lives and made us better. We will deeply miss his wise counsel, infectious laugh, zest for life and compassionate support.

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Willie was a good friend and neighbor in Melbourne and Topeka. I learned a great deal from him and Jean and I, like everyone else who knew Willie, will miss him. Carl Ott, August 5, 2005 I'm so sorry to hear about your huge loss, Yvonne. Willie always brought a smile with his special brand of Texas humor. I enjoyed working with both of you and have many fond memories in my heart. Bud Adams, August 4, 2005 Yvonne, you have my deepest sympathy. Sandy and I both enjoyed Willie’s and your company very much. He will be remembered. Love, Ed Lyman, August 2, 2005 I am so sorry. Even though I haven't seen you guys in several years - I think of you both very often. I consider both of you as very dear friends. This is a loss for everyone who knew Willie. Paul Phinney, August 1, 2005 Yvonne and family. I am truly sorry to hear this news. Willie was a wonderful person. I enjoyed so much working with both of you on the cse project in Topeka, KS. He will be greatly missed and will leave a huge hole that will never be filled. Yvonne, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God give you the strength to get through the future days. Cindy Woolf, August 1, 2005 all our love if you need anything let us know marvin,yvonne h payton,jr., August 1, 2005 Yvonne and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Willie's passing. I know he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. I really enjoyed working with both of you in Topeka, Kansas. Many friends come and go in our lives and you two will be friends that I will never forget. We speak of you often and will see Willie's name in our "code" forever. (He lives on in our memories!) Yvonne, I reach out with a HUG for you and wish you well. Until we meet again! If there is anything that you may need, please let me know. LOVE JOLENE BICKEL Jolene Bickel, August 1, 2005 Yvonne, I have thought of you these past days and will do so tomorrow. I have wonderful memories of Willie and his wonderful smile. Even when we were young, he was a happy guy and lots of fun. You and your family will always have him with you in your hearts. Take care of yourself. Love, J'Lyn J'Lyn McDonald Ryan, July 31, 2005 our thoughts and prayers are with you. danny,kathy & children e. payton, July 31, 2005 Willie, we'll miss you. Fred & Nora J. Reynolds, July 31, 2005 William, you will be missed very much by us. Uncle Marvin & Aunt Thelma H. Payton, July 31, 2005