James Campbell


James “Jim” Campbell, 90, of Winter Garden, Florida, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, after a brief illness.

Jim was born in Yerkes, Kentucky, on June 4, 1924, to the late Woolery L. and Martha (Hamblin) Campbell. He moved to Indiana when he was 15 and lived there until 1977, when he and his wife, Iona Marie (Chasteen) Campbell, moved to Florida.

Jim graduated from Scottsburg High School in 1944 and served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947. He worked in sales at Thompson Dairy in Seymour and Starling Chevrolet in Kissimmee, Florida, for many years. Jim served as the first Republican mayor of Scottsburg and was honored as an Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash and a Kentucky Colonel.

He was a member of First United Methodist churches in Scottsburg and Winter Garden. Jim was dedicated to serving in the United Methodist Men’s organization and was named Disciple of the Year in 2000. He belonged to the weekly Oakland Presbyterian men’s prayer group, where he enjoyed preparing breakfast for his many friends. He was actively involved in the Hyde Park Homeowners Association for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Iona Marie; his children, Sandi (Steve) Huddleston of Franklin, Sue (Larry) Anderson of Otisco, Karla (Ron) Pare of Kissimmee, Florida, and John (Joni) Campbell of St. Cloud, Florida; and a brother, Orem (Irene) Campbell of Leesburg, Florida.

He also is survived by eight grandchildren, James, Gabriel, Jeremy, Dustin, Matthew, Allison, Jordan and Tanner; and four great-grandchildren, Brooks, Auden, Jude and Jasmin.

He was preceded in death by a son, Mike Campbell; a grandson, Andy; and three brothers, Roy, Berford, and Edward.

A celebration of Jim’s life was Dec. 30 at the First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden, Florida, with Pastor Rusty Belcher officiating.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Scottsburg Cemetery, arranged by Stewart and Hoagland Funeral Home in Scottsburg.

The family requests memorial gifts be made in Jim’s name to First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden, 125 N. Lakeview Ave., Winter Garden, FL, 34787.