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Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home

1360 N Courtenay Pkwy, Merritt Island, FL

OBITUARY

John Maurice Campbell

May 30, 1934August 23, 2020

John Maurice Campbell, 86, of Rockledge, FL was taken home to be with the Lord Sunday August 23, 2020 with his family at his side, at home. Born May 30,1934 in Orlando, FL Maurice was a rare Florida native for his generation. He moved to Cocoa in 1937 when his father ME “Doc” Campbell took over a drugstore downtown at the corner of Brevard Avenue and Harrison Street. In his words "it was a great place to grow up" He was here all his life, except for 4 years of service in the United States Air Force, schooling at the University of Florida and then the Southern College of Pharmacy for Mercer University in Atlanta, GA where he and his wife Renee graduated with degrees in Pharmacy. Upon returning to the area, they opened Campbell’s Drug Store on US 1 in Rockledge and operated the store for 31 years until it closed in 1994. Maurice worked one of the 2 pharmacists shifts. Often when customers came in there was a conversation, not just picking up their medication as he rarely met a stranger for long. Maurice had a lifelong passion for football, having played center for the Cocoa Tigers in high school. If customers were a Gator fan, he would talk about the great season that passed or the great season to come. If they were a Seminole fan, there was much ribbing to be done back and forth with the rivalry over the years. When he was not working, he frequently could be found, in the warmer months, fishing with friends and family out of Port Canaveral or Captiva Island near Fort Myers. In the cooler months he enjoyed hunting in both Florida and Georgia. He enjoyed having a vegetable garden for many years and was especially known for doing well with his tomatoes. In later years he enjoyed playing cards with friends. Maurice was preceded in death by his parents Maurice and Gladys, his wife Renee, and his daughter Shelle Campbell-Proctor. He is survived by his son Craig (Karlene) of Mechanicsburg, PA who will receive friends Friday August 28 at American Burial and Cremation: 1200 South US Hwy 1 in Rockledge from 2 pm to 4 pm and from 5 pm to 7 pm (Visitors are asked to please wear a mask, social distance and respect a limited visitation period). Maurice was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Cocoa and the funeral service will be held there Saturday August 29 at 11 am. The service will be streamed for those unable to attend at https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistcocoa/ and will be available afterwards at https://www.cocoabaptist.org/memorialservice . Interment will be at Florida Memorial Gardens in Rockledge, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Cocoa Building Fund: 750 Brevard Ave., Cocoa, FL 32922 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, August 28, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, August 29, 2020

Memories

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Alicia Kenaston

September 1, 2020

Craig, I was so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He and Renee were very much a part of our family. They were such a support for my Mom after Daddy died. Maurice and Daddy were thick as thieves for years, as you know. I'm pretty positive Maurice was behind the Cocoa High marching band blasting through the Kenaston Clinic on my dad's 40th birthday. I know for a fact that Daddy 'stole' Maurice's beloved boat and left it in the parking lot of the police station. My brother Tom remembers a prank that involved a goat. Their friendship lasted decades. I'll bet they are hanging out together again, telling stories and fishing for snook.

Brenda Van Nest

August 30, 2020

Craig and family I am so sorry to hear about your dad and we are so sorry we missed the service. Your Dad always had a way of making everyone feel welcome. Will miss his humor, his being his knowledge- he’s home now with your Mom and sister and GO GATORS 🐊

Linda and Dexter Beck

August 29, 2020

Craig.. so sorry we were unable visitation or funeral. Deepest condolences to you and family. Your dad was very special. A pilar of the community. He will be so missed by so many. May he Rest In Peace.

Jeffery Justice

August 29, 2020

My wife Rose and I were honored to be in the employ of Maurice for four and a half years. He really wasn't an employer he was a great friend. The story's of old Brevard and the the old myths he cleared up were amazing as well as his local restaurant knowledge. Watching him have his morning coffee as he identified every bird on his bird feeder was a real treat we will surly miss. A gifted trip on our anniversary was over the top. We will never know a more. Knowledgeable , caring and generous man. He has gone to join his wife and daughter. On our leaving of the last day we saw him my wife said hugs and kisses Maurice and he replied "back at you" three words whenever we hear will always bring us back to that moment. Rest in peace John Maurice Campbell the Lord now has the honor of you in his house. Love always Rose and Jeff

Desiree and Bryan Goodson

August 28, 2020

We met Maurice just over a year ago when we became his next door neighbor. He has always been very kind to us. We enjoyed our visits with him - he shared stories about his life, his family and friends. He will be missed. Sending our condolences to Craig and Karleen and his extended family. Bryan and Desiree Goodson

Janie Akridge Hall

August 25, 2020

Maurice is my cousin, but I always called him Uncle. He and Aunt Renee, were like second parents to me. Shelle was not only my cousin, she was also my friend. I miss them all terribly, but can take comfort in knowing that we will be reunited someday. My condolences to Craig and Karlene.

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