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Creola "Cre" S. Campbell

September 30, 1933 ~ March 15, 2022 (age 88)

Obituary

CREOLA SMITH CAMPBELL

September 30, 1933 – March 15, 2022

 

Zebulon, NC – Creola “Cre” Smith was born September 30, 1933 in Chadbourn to Nellie Ethel McDowell and Willie Perrin Smith. She was raised in southeastern NC, graduated in 1951 from Whiteville High School and graduated from East Carolina College in August 1954 with a degree in Business Education. Cre peacefully passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior on March 15, 2022 at her home in Zebulon after living with gallbladder cancer for over a year.

 

Cre married Wade Byron Campbell on January 7, 1955 in Marion, South Carolina. They were married for 47 years before Wade passed away in August 2002. Cre and Wade moved from Whiteville to Albuquerque, NM to Houston, TX to Greenville, SC. Their marriage was blessed with three children: Gayenell Campbell Gull (Timothy) of Wendell; John Perrin Campbell (Roberta) of Corinth, MS; and Heyward Samuel Campbell (Denise) of Inman, SC. Cre considered her children and family as the greatest accomplishment of her life. Her grandchildren were loved by “Nanny Cre” unconditionally: Shelby Gull Laird, Thomas Perrin Gull, Robert A. Campbell, Colin M. Campbell, Megan E. Campbell, Alvin Gayo, Michael Gayo, Donald Skyler Scates, Amelia Cook Moses and Evan Cook. In addition, she had 13 great-grandchildren: Patricia, Ada, Silas, Brendan, Finnick, Lailah, Mitchell, Jason, Micah, Aiden, Eli, Devin, and Nicoli. Cre was also thankful to have her sister, Frances Smith McLean, and niece, Linda Barron (Ray) all of Clarkesville, GA actively involved in her life. Her sister in-laws Joyce Campbell Gooden and Thara Ann Campbell Watson also survive her as well as many Campbell, Smith and McDowell cousins, nieces and nephews. She had a host of friends and former students who continued to bring support and happiness to her life.

 

Cre’s marriage to Wade gifted her with three bonus children: Wade Byron Yeager (deceased), William M. “Bill” Yeager (Gayle) of Grand Rapids, MN; and Linda Elkins (Joe McGinnis) of Wynnewood, PA. Cre loved them and the grandchildren as if they were her own: Kelli Yeager, Shawn Yeager, Sherri Majerle, Debra Schoenborn, Joshua Yeager, Andrew Yeager, and Ben McGinnis. She was blessed with an additional 14 great-grands and one great-great-grand that she celebrated having in her life.

 

Her career as a teacher spanned over 30 years and included thousands of students beginning in Columbus County and Whiteville City Schools. After taking time off to raise her family, Mrs. Campbell taught for 29 years at Southside High School in Greenville, SC beginning in August 1970 when the school first opened. When she retired in June 1999, she was the only original teacher on staff still teaching at the school. Many of her students used the skills she taught in their lives and careers.

 

She cared for Wade for several years after retirement. After his passing, she moved to Zebulon. Cre was an Elder at Wendell Christian (DOC) Church, on several committees, and a member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship. She was Chaplain for the Smith-Bryan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was a member of Daughters of the American Colonists and Colonial Dames of the XVII Century. She was an avid reader and writer, having had several poems published including one as the Poet of the Day in the Raleigh News and Observer in 1952.

 

Cre’s Memorial Service will be held on April 2 at 11:00am at Wendell Christian Church, 421 Mattox St., Wendell, NC. The service will also be broadcast on Zoom (contact a family member for the link) and “WCC Together” page on Facebook Live. Visitation will be at 10:00am prior to the service in the church fellowship hall with private family graveside service later that day at Old Ebenezer Church in Marion County, SC. Donations may be made in Cre’s memory to Wendell Christian Church, PO Box 874, Wendell, NC 27591.

 

The family is thankful for the care and treatment given to Cre by Dr. Neeraj Agrawal, Duke Raleigh Hospital Oncologist and his staff as well as Transitions Life Care during her final days.

 

Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.

 

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
April 2, 2022

10:00 AM
Wendell Christian Church
421 Mattox Street
Wendell, NC 27591

Memorial Service
Saturday
April 2, 2022

11:00 AM
Wendell Christian Church
421 Mattox Street
Wendell, NC 27591

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