James Edward Campbell was born in Newport News, Virginia, to the late Eliza Austin and Robert Campbell Sr. on April 26, 1924. He was called home to rest on April 30, 2012, four days after his 88th birthday.
When his father passed away, his mother had to leave Virginia, taking her five children, Joseph, Robert, Earl, James and baby sister Bernice first to New York with relatives for a short time before settling with other family members in Philadelphia.
The family lived at 20th and Reed streets in South Philadelphia, where James attended Walter G. Smith Elementary School, Barrett Junior High School and North Philadelphia High School. The family joined the 19th Street Baptist Church where James was baptized.
After high school, our country went to war; James went into the Army. He served overseas where on one special day he ran into his brother Robert. After an honorable discharge, he became a federal civil servant with the United States Postal Service in West Philadelphia. He retired after thirty years of service. He also became a Prince Hall Mason.
James always strove never to hurt anyone’s feelings. He was happiest when pursuing his favorite pastimes, solving crossword puzzles, listening to jazz and traveling on cruise ships.
Those who enjoyed life with James are left to mourn his passing, including his beloved Mary “Puddin,” who cherishes their thirty years together; her daughter, Michelle; Chase Sage and Teana, all of whom called him Pop-Pop, and were raised with his loving care; his baby sister Bernice Prendergast, for whom he had much affection; sister-in-law, Jennie Campbell; adopted son, Kenny Campbell; the seven nieces and nephews of his siblings; and many great nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
A viewing will be held Saturday May 5 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Slater Funeral Home, 1426 Fitzwater St. Homegoing services will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be held Tuesday, May 8 at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in New Town.