ROCKINGHAM — Robert “Pat” Patrick Campbell, 69, of Rockingham passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at his residence.
Pat was born Aug. 12, 1952 in Hamlet, son of the late Robert Thomas Campbell and Margaret Gaddy Campbell.
Pat is survived by his loving wife Becky Ward Campbell, of the home, who cared and rooted for him until the very end of his long and valiant battle with cancer; children, Christopher and Caroline Cline of the home, Heather Miller (Lance) of Indian Trail, Katherine Bendell (Britt) of Hamlet, Inman Campbell (Samantha) of Wilmington, Lindsey Helms of Rockingham, Tommy Cline (Marie) of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, and Chris Cline (Kim) of Shreveport, Louisiana; sister, Judy Smith of Mount Airy; and nine grandchildren, Josiah Miller, Elan Pierce, Esten Pierce, Bayden Bendell, Jace Bendell, Emily Cline, Jaylee Collins, Alex Cline and Caleb Cline.
Pat was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and a friend to all who knew him. Pat always encouraged his children and grandchildren to strive to do their best. Through the years, he attended every sporting event and extracurricular activity of his kids and ensured that his family was in church. Pat never met a stranger.
A lifelong resident of Richmond County, Pat graduated from Rockingham High School in 1970 and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 1974. He also did further coursework at UNC-Chapel Hill in city government planning.
Although he worked in city government and at Farm Bureau early on in his career, he found his calling in sales. In 2018, he retired from Griffin Toyota where he worked for many years as a leading car salesman.
Pat gave back to the community as a Mason and volunteer firefighter in his younger years. More recently, he gave himself to church work and helping children. He was a dedicated member at Sweet Haven Church and served as a Sunday school teacher, chairman of Men’s Fellowship, and board member. Pat was a Richmond County Board of Education member, a board member at Krystal Dawn Retreat, and a champion for Toys for Tots. Even until his last few weeks, his passion was being part of the Board of Education. He was committed to supporting students and teachers in any way possible.
For decades, on Friday nights, he watched Richmond Raider football with some of his dearest friends. He cherished these evenings and valued being part of this community.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 13, 2022 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sweet Haven Church, Rockingham. The memorial service will begin following visitation at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Kane McKenzie and the Rev. Jack Lee officiating.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date with the family at Krystal Dawn Retreat in Rockingham.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Krystal Dawn Retreat, PO Box 2062, Rockingham, NC 28380.
Harrington Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Campbell family.
Online condolences may be made at harringtonfuneralhome.com.