OBITUARY

James Campbell

February 25, 1962January 7, 2021

James Lyle Campbell (Jay) of Martinsburg, WV died in his home on January 7, 2021. He was born February 25, 1962 in Martinsburg, WV. He was the son of James Wilson Campbell and Martha Wooters Campbell. He is survived by his sister, Tammy Campbell D’Elia, his brother, Steven Campbell, sister-in-law Teresa Campbell, nieces Kirsten and Kenley Campbell, aunts, Nancy and Helen, uncle, Jack, cousins Dan, Mollie, John, Bruce and Eve, as well as cherished friends and co-workers. He was preceded in death by his parents, his uncle, Steven Wooters and his aunt, Pamela Alexander. Jay graduated from Musselman High School in 1980. He was in the Musselman High School Band where he excelled as a trumpet player, eventually achieving first chair in the trumpet section. In 1981, he joined the U. S. Navy and served 6 years as an Electronics Technician aboard the USS America. In the Navy, he received the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (w/star), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Expeditionary Medal, and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He also played the trumpet in his unit’s Navy Band for his boot camp graduation in San Diego, CA. After his service in the Navy, Jay later became a computer programmer for the IRS at the Martinsburg Computing Center in Martinsburg. Jay loved to figure things out, and that love contributed to his ability to excel in his job as a programmer. He became a well-respected employee and one who was called upon many times to find a solution to programming issues. He recently received his 35-year plaque for Federal Service. Jay was known for being well-liked, intelligent, humble, funny, compassionate and generous. He loved his job, music, electronics, his friends at Images, his beer, doing puzzles and putting things together or figuring out how things were put together. He will be missed by all of those who loved him. Service details will be determined at a later date.

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Samantha Clendenin

January 16, 2021

Jay will be greatly missed. More so than most can comprehend.

He enjoyed his personal space and kept to himself but loved his job. He was always available to help figure out a solution and to assist where needed.

With the pandemic and all of us teleworking, I’ve missed hearing him say Good Morning! and unfortunately I’ll never hear it again.

Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate. Rest easy. We have the watch.

Sherri Lee

January 15, 2021

Jay C. as he was known by so many. Although I worked with him for almost 15 years I never met him face to face and we both worked in Kearneysville. Jay C. was always my go to guy and never failed me. Such an intelligent and good man to work with. I will miss his humor particularly in emails and tickets! Fair winds and following seas🇱🇷

Tom Roselius

January 15, 2021

My condolences to the family. I’ll echo Cheryl‘s comments as I was one of those managers that relied on and will always be thankful for the hard work, expertise, and idealism of the systems programmers. And Jay was a key member of that team. Thanks, Jay.

Lora Whitmore

January 15, 2021

Sincere condolences to Jay's family. I've known Jay for just 2 years, through work. Whenever I was stuck on a problem, I would ask him. He was always willing to share his knowledge and experience, and jump in to help figure it out. He generously gave his time and patience to newbies like me. He was very smart, really knew his stuff, our go-to guy. Someone you could really count on.

Bill Smith

January 14, 2021

I only worked with Jay for a short time but he was generous and patient whenever I asked for his help. A good soul who I will miss at the IRS. Rest in peace Jay.

John Sheets

January 13, 2021

Jay was someone who could always be counted upon and we will miss him in ways we are now only beginning to comprehend.

While I did not have the chance to work in-person with him often, because I'm in Detroit, MI; I did work quite a bit with him on various projects. I can honestly say that he saved my back side many times.

I offered to repay those kindnesses in the currency of his choice hoping he'd choose beer I suppose, but he always told me not to worry about it and humbly went on about his business.

He was a giant in our technical services area but never conducted himself in any manner other than one of humility. I will miss him and I pray for his family and for those close friends and co-workers whom had a chance to know him better. His absence in their lives will un-doubtedly be felt for a long time.

Sail on sailor... Until we meet again.. RIP.

Cheryl Turner

January 11, 2021

Jay was such a character and a man of few words. He was not one for socializing though he had his favorite hangouts. His passing was and is still such a shock. Jay and I worked together 25+ years and completed a lot of our career milestones together. He was exceptionally bright and not afraid to jump in and try things that scared the bejesus out of me. Finally, in these last couple years, I was able to work even closer with him. I envy how things seemed to roll off his back. He also had a temper but you didn’t see it often. He was always monitoring and available for work issues. He made me and our management look good and we probably took advantage, knowing we could count on him to be there. Management will be months or possibly years learning how much he really did for them. Speaking for his coworkers, we will miss him profoundly. Though he was older and had more service than me, we always joked about retiring together - his birthday 2025 is when I’m eligible. That day will mean much more now.
Toodles, my friend and coworker. I sure will miss you, Sailor 😥. As we used to say, C Ya!

My sincerest condolences to his family, friends and coworkers.

Tina Jenkins

January 10, 2021

Jay was a fun loving man who I met some time ago. He was mostly quiet and I loved his humor. Rest easy, Sweetie. I’ll think of you often.

Kenny Keller

January 10, 2021

Many times I have thought of us playing together in the old stone house,you have always brought a smile to my ole face every time I think of you old friend,I’m gonna miss ya,until we meet again,RIP my friend 🙏🏻

Greg Smith

January 9, 2021

Jay was a good man who worked hard. He was quiet with a dry sense of humor that I liked. I’ll miss him.