Obituary: Irene Rebecca Cantrell Campbell

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Irene Rebecca Cantrell Campbell, 93, retired bus driver for the Maury County Board of Education and long-time resident of the Bryant Station Community, died Saturday, July 17, 2010, at Maury Regional Medical Center.

Born and reared in Smithville in DeKalb County, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Burnie Lee Cantrell and Lola Mai Bryant Cantrell.

Mrs. Campbell was a faithful member of Smyrna Church of Christ for many years, loved children, and served as a volunteer at NHC Lewisburg. An excellent cook, she was well known for her delicious fried pies. She enjoyed her hobbies of gardening and quilting.

A loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, she is survived by her children, Patsy (Johnny) Graves of Lewisburg, Thomas Ewing (Syb) Campbell of Columbia, Glen Harold (Mary) Campbell of Columbia, Everett Earl (Barbara) Campbell of Lewisburg, and Glendon Wayne (Elladean) Cantrell of Smithville; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; special friend, Pat Osborne of Lewisburg; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Walter Ewing Campbell in January, 1986; sisters, Lena Mae Crumley and Wilma Inglish; brother, Burnie Lee Cantrell Jr.; and beloved pets, Pete and Suzie.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 20, at Smyrna Church of Christ, Scribner's Mill Road, with Jim Cox, Randy Fox, and Mike Bryan officiating. Burial followed in Haynes Cemetery.

The active pallbearers were Peter Campbell, Michael Campbell, Todd Campbell, Mark Graves, Matthew Campbell, Wayne Cantrell, Frank England, Kyle Luna, Monte Luna, H.P. Crabtree, Adam Wilson, and Scott Bidwell. Honorary pallbearers included nieces and nephews and partners and volunteers at NHC Lewisburg.

The family suggests memorials to Smyrna Church of Christ Youth Group, c/o Everett Campbell, 3046 Old Columbia Road, Lewisburg, TN 37091. Notes of sympathy may be sent to


Oakes & Nichols Funeral Directors assisted the family with arrangements.