Samuel Edgar Campbell was born in Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania, June 1941 to Irvin Walter and Mary Catherine Warfel Campbell. He died December 26, 2022. Samuel graduated from Nanty Glo High School in 1959. He and his twin brother joined and served in the Air Force together upon graduation until 1963. He graduated from Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia in 1967 and the T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, Virginia with a Juris Doctor degree in 1971. Sam held many jobs prior to and during his college and law school career including the Virginia Department of Highways and as a real estate appraiser and sales. Upon his completion of law school and passing the bar he joined the law firm of C. Hardaway Marks in Hopewell, Virginia which later became the firm of Marks, Fields and Campbell and in 1978 formed the firm of Palmer and Campbell.
In 1982 he was appointed Judge of the Sixth Judicial District Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court where he worked closely with Court Services and began several programs to aid the youth in the communities of the Sixth District. In 2001 he was appointed as a Circuit Court Judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2012.
Sam was active in many civic organizations including, but not limited to, Past President of the Hopewell Bar Association; Past President of the Sixth Circuit Bar Association; Past Treasurer of the Hopewell Salvation Army; Past Chairman of the Circuit Bar Review Committee; Member of the Fort Lee Advisory Committee; Charter member and longest continuing member of Hopewell American Legion Post 146; Active in Virginia State Bar Lawyers Helping Lawyers; involved in Boy Scouts of America; over twenty gallon blood donor to America Red Cross; Past President of the Hopewell/Prince George Chamber of Commerce; Member of the Courts and School Superintendents’ Liaison Committee.
In addition to being active in civic organizations, Sam was a good friend to many. He cherished his friends from his loved hometown, Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania and continued those friendships throughout his life. He had many longtime friends in Virginia with whom he kept in touch and was always willing to give his time and help others. He enjoyed hunting ducks, geese and pheasant and working with his field trial dog, Henry. He went on many travels with family. Sam supported his children and grandchildren’s activities, always in the stands or press box to cheer them on. For many years he attended every Prince George football and basketball game.
He is missed by his wife of 44 years, Frances Ford Campbell, his daughter, Mary Catherine Campbell, son, Michael R. Stewart, grandchildren Courtney (William Mori), Brett, Scott and Elizabeth Stewart; their mother, Sherrie Barker Stewart; two great- grandchildren, Finn and Frances; and sister-in-law, Angela Campbell.
Sam was predeceased by his parents; his twin brother, Dave; his sisters, Janet Heimbuch (Tom) and Nancy Smith (Richard); and son David Edward Campbell.
Sam’s life was lived with service and caring.
A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, January 15, 2023, 1:00 pm at the American Legion, Post 146, 217 East City Point Road, Hopewell, Virginia.
Should you wish to make a contribution in memory of Sam, please consider Crater Community Hospice, 3916 South Crater Road, Petersburg, Virginia 23805. Condolences may be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.