William Russell "Bill" Campbell

Thursday, October 13, 2016
William Russell "Bill" Campbell

Longtime Paris, Tenn., physician William Russell "Bill" Campbell, 74, died Saturday, October 1, 2016, at his home in Paris.

He was a lifetime medical doctor, a member of the Tennessee Medical Association and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. His hobbies included deer hunting and historical firearms and accessories. He was a member of the Paris First United Methodist Church.

He was born February 25, 1942, in Nashville, Tenn., the son of the late William Joseph Campbell and Elizabeth (Graves) Campbell.

Bill graduated from Hillsboro High School, in Nashville, in 1960 and the Tennessee Technological University, in Cookeville, in 1964. He attended the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, where he graduated in 1967. Bill served his internship and residency at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. He also served as a doctor in Piggott for one year, before moving on to the Eastwood Clinic where he practiced for 32 years.

As a member of the U.S. Navy, he served as a Lieutenant Commander in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971, where he received the Navy Commendation Medal with combat "V" for valor.

Bill was married on Jan. 6, 1968, to Martha (Fridenberg) Campbell, who survives.

Along with his wife, he is survived by Joseph Russell (Shani) Campbell, of Dover, Tenn., Lee Michelle (Campbell) Whisenant (Todd) of Lake Wylie, S.C. and Sara Elizabeth "Beth" Campbell and friend Jeff Berg, of Moclips, Wash.; a brother, Kevin Gray Campbell of Arrington, Tenn.; grandchildren, William "Will" Todd Whisenant, Campbell "Camp" Lee Whisenant, William "Joe" Joseph Campbell and Shelby Dian Campbell; two nieces, Virginia "Ginny" Jones Reed and Bonnie Jones Hillier and two cousins, Patrick Campbell and Joe McTigue.

Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Campbell Jones, and a brother, John Mark Campbell.

A celebration of life visitation was held Tuesday evening, Oct. 4, in the Paris Convention Center, and continued Wednesday morning, Oct. 5, at the Ridgeway Funeral Home of Paris. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the LeDon Chapel of the Ridgeway Funeral Home, with Gary Collier and Dr. Joseph A. Geary officiating. Pallbearers were Will Whisenant, Campbell Whisenant, Joe Campbell, Tony Carter, Chuck Stevens, Dr. Wayne McGee, Patrick Campbell and Andy Hooper. Serving as honorary pallbearers were all the retired doctors from the Eastwood Clinic.

Internment was in the Campbell Cemetery, Paris, Tenn.

The family suggest memorials to the Vet's With a Mission, P.O. Box 202, Newberry, S.C., 29108.

Ridgeway Funeral Home, Paris, Tenn., was charged with the arrangements.