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Berry Funeral Home

3704 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Barbara J. (Stinnett) Campbell

22 September , 19428 September , 2019
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Barbara J. Campbell, age 76, passed away September 8, 2019 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's, surrounded by family. She never lost the ability to show love to everyone. She was a member of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by parents, Virgie and Bob Stinnett Sr.; husband, Bill Campbell; brothers, George, Bob Jr. and Larry Stinnett. Barbara was the much loved mother of Karen and John Warren; cherished grandmother of Jessica and Austin Smith and Jena Warren; great-grandmother of Easton and Braydon; beloved brother, Ron Stinnett and many nieces, nephews, step-children and step-grandchildren. Special thanks for the love and care given by the staff of Ridgeview Terrace of Life Care and Smokey Mountain Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Tennessee, 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37919. The family will receive friends in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Hwy., Knoxville, TN, on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm. Funeral service to follow at 7:00pm with Dr. Todd Stinnett officiating. Family and friends will meet at Louisville Cemetery, Louisville Rd. on Friday, September 13, 2019 for a 10:00am interment service. Online condolences may be made at www.berryfuneralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, 12 September , 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, 12 September , 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, 13 September , 2019

Memories

Barbara J. (Stinnett) Campbell

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Debbie Goddard-Nash

23 September 2019

Oh Karen, so sorry! Will be praying for your family. Your mom was so sweet and beautiful.

Andrea York

23 September 2019

So sorry, my heart breaks for you.

Kelly Cofer

23 September 2019

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your love ones. So sorry for your loss

Judy Tate

23 September 2019

Just wanted to let you know I am praying for you. Asking God for mercy and peace for you and your mom. Love in Christ🙏

Annette Campbell

23 September 2019

I wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers today. Barbara was very special to me. Let me know if there’s anything I can do.

Jennifer Harris

23 September 2019

Sending hugs and prayers! Love you!!

Ginny Stinnett

23 September 2019

Barbara was always beautiful. I loved her like a sister. Many good memories. Please call if you need me for anything. Love you❤️

Angie Koontz

23 September 2019

Sitting on my back porch thinking about you. I know you miss your mother so bad your heart literally aches....the calling to check on her, worrying if she ate/what she had, did sleep, did she smile today. It’s an awful lost feeling...missing her will never go away but the days will get easier with time. Sending love.

Judy Anne Dyer

23 September 2019

Prayers for you as you begin a very hard journey. You have God, a wonderful husband and family. God will be your refuge, where you will find strength. Cry when you want to, it’s part of the process. I’m always a call away.

Billie Patterson

22 September 2019

Cherish your memories you loved your sweet Mom please remember she is in her heavenly home no more things to worry her...we love you and your family..praying you will have comfort.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Around 1944 mom always talked about that dirty looking doll in her lap.

FROM THE FAMILY

1960 Young High School Senior picture.

FROM THE FAMILY

This was one of many cruise pictures taken. Hard to believe this beauty was a grandmother at this time.

FROM THE FAMILY

Mom got a lot of attention working as a meter maid in 1968.

FROM THE FAMILY

Another cruise picture, mom and Bill went on many cruises.

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An afternoon visit to see our Aunt Marilynn. 2013

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Mom and her Aunt Marilynn. 2013 Marilynn was so happy to have mom come visit.

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Campbell grandchildren with mom and Bill Christmas 2007

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Alzheimer walk 2011. Mom walked the whole way and was ask to be a part of the opening ceremony.

Biography

When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Barbara J. Campbell who was indeed a born manager. She will be remembered as being strong, highly organized, practical and realistic. She was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with her throughout her life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Barbara was an individual who clearly communicated to those around her just who she was and what she was all about. Everyone acquainted with Barbara knew her as a vibrant, independent, well-respected woman.

      Barbara was born on September 22,1942 at the family home on Twin Creek Road in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her parents were Virgie and James Robert(Bob) Stinnett. Barbara was raised in the “holler” on Browns mountain, in South Knoxville. Even as a youngster, Barbara learned to be objective and decisive. Her faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that she carried with her throughout her life.

      As a young girl, Barbara was able to put her natural abilities to work. She was a bit like the warden of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they shouldn’t do. In other words, she liked to organize and direct. Barbara was raised with four brothers. She had one older brother, George and three younger brothers, Bob Jr., Ronnie, and Larry. Barbara had an inborn appreciation for the work it required to raise a family during hard times. As the only female sibling and next to the oldest she would look after her younger siblings and make sure all the household chores were done before her mother returned home from work. For Barbara, this was a natural order of life, one she embraced.

      In school, Barbara would always strive to be a model student , She was good at following directions and meeting her schedules, whether they were set by her teachers or were self-imposed. Barbara’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” She graduated from Young high school in 1960

      Barbara was sociable and approachable. Because she was always so straightforward in how she approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. She enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Barbara was a member of a group, her interaction worked to keep the others grounded. She was not afraid to confront her friends and, when necessary, she challenged them to better themselves, Those close to Barbara came to expect her high standards of performance. Early in life, she became friends with Elenor Watkins and Mary Ann Edmonds from her days working as a meter maid for the City of Knoxville Police Department. And later, Cathy Mantooth during the time she spent as an University of Tennessee Police officer. Because of Barbara’s outgoing and kind personality She had countless other friends over the years that are too numerous to mention.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Barbara reveled in the security of her family. On June 1, 1985 Barbara exchanged wedding vows with Billy Wayne Campbell at the Club house of Cedar Bluff Apartments in Knoxville Tennessee. This was not Barbara’s first wedding, however; it would be her last. She found her soul mate in Bill.

     Barbara was blessed with a daughter named Karen. She was ever watchful of her child. She worried about her and was deeply concerned for her development as she grew up. She maintained a firm hand in her upbringing but was also her biggest cheerleader. Barbara worked hard to be able to provide Karen with the best she could financially provide. She also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that her child was properly raised. Later in life, Barbara was blessed with a son-in-law named John whom she loved as her own. And just a few short years later two granddaughters named Jessica and Jena that she showered with the same love and devotion, plus two great grandsons named Easton and Braydon.

      Being a hard worker, Barbara was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. She was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. Barbara was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. She worked cooperatively and expected the same from her colleagues. In both her personal and professional environments, Barbara upheld her standards. Her primary occupation was law enforcement/security. She was employed by the City of Knoxville Police Department as a Meter Maid, and then hired as Director of security at Zayre. After several years in this position she was accepted to attended the State of Tennessee Police Academy. After graduation from the Academy she was hired by The University of Tennessee Police Department where she worked several years. Barbara was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Faith was important to Barbara. As a young girl she was baptized in what was called “The Big Muddy” also known as Stock Creek and became a member of Friendly Chapel Baptist Church. She and Bill would later become members of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church where they joined her brother Larry’s Sunday School class.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, favorite vacations included numerous cruises she and Bill were able to enjoy.

In 2005 Barbara was diagnosed with dementia of the Alzheimer type. Thus began her courageous battle with this devastating disease. The last fifteen years, watching the disease progress, were not easy but what a blessing they turned out to be with this beautiful woman. As her memory began to fade more and more she never lost the ability to make her loved ones feel loved. Even if she did not’t remember your name you still felt her love through her hugs, kisses, but mostly that beautiful smile. She continued to be that strong, active, loving, and kind woman she had been her whole life. What a blessing she was to everyone. As her daughter it was a honor and privilege to spend my life along side this brave and strong woman until the very end of her life. Not only was she my mother,she was my best friend. I consider myself blessed and thankful to have been chosen to be her daughter. “She Was My Sunshine”☀️

Memories from a son in law…
Barbara, we will always remember that special smile, your caring heart, those sweet hugs, your compassionate touch, that you always gave us and anyone you met.

There was magic in Barbara’s touch, and sunshine in her smile. There was love in everything she did to make our lives worthwhile. We found both hope and courage just by looking in her eyes. Her laughter was a source of joy, her words warm and wise and sometimes humorous. There was kindness and compassion found in her embrace.

And now your journey on earth has ended, we thank you for the love you shared, we cherish your memory and our time together. I know that we will “MISS YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK” but we know you are with the Angels in heaven watching down on Karen and the rest of us. It was my honor to be a part of your family and your life. Your Buddy…John

Our Grandmother…
A grandmother is a remarkable woman. She’s a wonderful combination of warmth and kindness, laughter and love. She overlooks our faults, encourages our dreams, and praises our every success. – Author Unknown

Barbara Campbell was our Mamaw. She was nothing less than remarkable. As we look back on her life, we can see all the many gifts and memories she passed along to us. As young girls, our gifts and memories revolved around holidays with family, swimming, playing dress up with her fancy clothes and shoes, birthdays with sweet cards, and yummy macaroni and cheese. We will never forget her cleaning habits and ability to turn a messy sleepover into a sparkling clean palace. As we grew older, our gifts and memories turned into spending precious minutes together. Busy school schedules, sports, dating, and work brought a need to just rest on Mamaw’s couch and to be showered with hugs, smiles, and love. Mamaw was never too busy to provide all of the above and more.

As I became a wife and mother myself, I will forever cherish all the unspoken gifts my Mamaw gave to me. Mamaw was a hard worker who took care of her responsibilities inside and outside of the home. She had those ‘oh so fancy’ things I remembered as a little girl, because she worked hard to take care of them. I appreciate that so much now as I have grown to have things of my own. I see the hard work it takes to have those things and maintain them. God provides what we need, so why wouldn’t we take care of those things? Mamaw did. Another unspoken gift she influenced my life with was her cleanliness and organization. I remember that everything always had a place. She took care of things by making sure we cleaned up and put things back where they belonged. Being organized and clean takes care of things, makes them last longer, and can be easily found when needed. She was a great example of being grateful of what you have and what you have been given. Unspoken gifts from Mamaw always came in the form of love. Mamaw loved her family. She would travel to her mom’s house in South Knoxville often, if not daily, to visit and take care of her. She would talk with her daughter (my mom) on the phone regularly during periods of times they wouldn’t see each other. Family always remained important. These trips, phone calls, holidays, and birthday cards left an impression of love and support that is something I hope to carry over to my own children. The greatest unspoken gift Mamaw left behind to me is her love for the Lord. Her willingness to set that example and to spread his love. She had “Victory in Jesus” and wanted everyone else to know it and have it too, especially her family and friends.

As Jena and I have grown into adults, we can look back on our Mamaw’s life and see courage, determination, love, and strength. We will forever be thankful that God’s love and grace gave us a grandmother that showed us how we should live our lives. We had an example of a woman who was assured in the Lord and went forward each day without fear. Mamaw lived her life sharing her gifts the Lord gave her. She touched our lives and the lives of many others she came into contact with. Our unspoken gifts make a difference. Barbara Campbell showed us that, even when she was just holding our hands.

Barbara J. Campbell, age 76, passed away September 8, 2019 after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's, surrounded by family. She never lost the ability to show love to everyone. She was a member of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by parents, Virgie and Bob Stinnett Sr.; husband, Bill Campbell; brothers, George, Bob Jr. and Larry Stinnett. Barbara was the much loved mother of Karen and John Warren; cherished grandmother of Jessica and Austin Smith and Jena Warren; great-grandmother of Easton and Braydon; beloved sister of Ron Stinnett and many nieces, nephews, step-children and step-grandchildren. Special thanks for the love and care given by the staff of Ridgeview Terrace of Life Care and Smokey Mountain Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Tennessee, 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37919. The family will receive friends in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Hwy., Knoxville, TN, on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm. Funeral service to follow at 7:00pm with Dr. Todd Stinnett officiating. Family and friends will meet at Louisville Cemetery, Louisville Rd. on Friday, September 13, 2019 for a 10:00am interment service. Online condolences may be made at www.berryfuneralhome.com