Raymond Lowell Campbell Jr., 76, was born on January 13, 1940, in Columbia. He grew up in Augusta, Ga., where he lived in the Richmond Hotel with his mother, Martha, and two sisters, Nancy and Kay, and their father was the hotel manager. Ray passed away in Southport on Monday, April 25, 2016.
He attended Cornell University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and met his wife of 53 years, Peggy. They have twin sons, Mark and Scott; five grandchildren, Kyle, Sean, Andrew, Jennifer and Katelyn; and one great-grandchild, Emma Lynn.
Ray and Peggy spent the first part of their lives together in Dearborn, Mich., where Ray was a manufacture’s representative for the automobile industry and then owned and operated the Green Onion Restaurant, a local family restaurant, in Dearborn, Mich., for many years. He was a member of several barbershop choruses and was a past president and a member of the Dearborn Kiwanis Club for 40 years.
After retirement, they were summer residents of Indian River, Mich., and winter residents of Southport. In Indian River, he was a member of the Columbus Beach Club and the Indian River Golf Club. In Southport, he belonged to the United States Power Squadron and the Southport Historical Society.
For the last 40 years, Ray and Peggy enjoyed traveling and vacationing, especially in Akumal, Mexico and Roatan, Honduras. He enjoyed playing bridge and was an avid fisherman and loved living by the water.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Michigan.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation Cardiac Services Fund, 360 Connable Ave., Petoskey, MI 49770; or North Carolina Maritime Museum, Friends of the Museum, P.O. Box 10412, Southport, NC 28461. Donations may be made to the museum by credit card; please call (910)457-0003.
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