Sonny Campbell 1TRENTON, KY., — Sonny Campbell was born Dec 7, 1937 and raised in Trenton ‘Todd County’. He was the son of Theodore ‘Theo’ Franklin Campbell and Alice Belle Perkins Campbell. As a boy Sonny lived on a variety of farms that his father ‘who was also a mechanic’ managed. There, working the fields, he learned the meaning of hard work. That ethic stayed with him his entire life. Sonny lost his father when he was only 22 and lovingly looked after his mother for the rest of her life. In his youth, Sonny was an active member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Trenton, but later became a member of First Christian Church Hopkinsville. His family thinks he remained a Southern Baptist at heart. While in Trenton High School he played baseball and basketball. His love of basketball never relented as he was a loyal and hyper-animated UK fan. Sonny attended the Nashville Auto- Diesel College in the late 1950’s. He began his working career as a mechanic with the Ford dealership in Hopkinsville and later owned and operated a Budget Rental and Used Car Business for many years. He loved everything about cars and continued to sell sporadically after retirement. He even loved tearing them up as he participated in Demolition Derbies as a young man.

The heart of Sonny was the life he shared with his wife Anna Marie Heltsley Campbell. Their adventure together began nearly 60 years ago ‘November 9, 1958’. Soon afterwards they had 2 children Frank Edward Campbell, Jr. and Susan Marie Campbell Ayers of whom he was very proud. He taught them what work is by engaging them in ceaseless construction projects, gardening, rebuilding cars, holding the trouble light ‘in the wrong spot’, etc. He worked to support their interests and educations and remained active in their lives. His journey through life with Anna Marie was everything but boring. He loved and adored her. She is the angel that made it all work. Sonny’s community activities included founding the local Fraternal Order of Eagles aerie where he was active in leadership and as a member for many years. He loved playing horseshoes and cornhole, a passion which led him to organize and run competitions in both for many years at the Western Kentucky State Fair. In more recent years, his love of cornhole was a passion he shared with his grandkids and friends, and in doing so he made many new friends. He applied his love of woodworking to cornhole and made many beautiful sets of cornhole boards that people in the community how have.

His other hobbies included woodworking, fishing, hunting, gardening, mowing, more mowing, anything that required the use of a tractor, his four-wheeler and hard work of any kind. He was a dynamo of activity. Sonny was an engaging, funny, storyteller. He loved talking with people and telling stories, and he was gifted at it. While he is no stranger to ‘stubborn’ and ‘cantankerous’, he endeared himself to people. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. The greatest chapter in his life was his role as a grandfather. When Alex and Nick arrived in his life during his mid-50’s, he loved and nurtured them relentlessly. His last act was a trip to east Tennessee to proudly attend and watch Alex get married. One final set of family members that can’t be overlooked in Sonny’s life is his dogs. Since he was a boy, he has always had at least one dog. These have included everything from hunting dogs to a series of dachshunds. They were his constant companions. It’s fair to say that half of all the conversations he has ever had have been with his beloved dogs. He leaves behind ‘Lucy’. Although he leaves behind a gigantic void in the lives of his family and friends, he is now home at last in the arms of Jesus and in the company of those who have gone on before.

He had 1 sister who preceded him in death, Ruth Mable Campbell Travis.

Funeral services will be 10:30am Thursday, October 11, 2018 at First Christian Church with Rev. Dr. Philip Miller and Rev. Dr. Tom Steiner officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 4pm – 7pm at Hughart, Beard & Giles Funeral Home. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to Pennyroyal Hospice 220 Burley Avenue, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 or First Christian Church 2601 S. Walnut Street, Hopkinsville, KY 42240.

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