The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


November 30, 2012

Racy Dean Campbell


Racy Dean Campbell, age 78, of Webb City, Mo., passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, peacefully at his residence.

Racy was born on Jan. 21, 1934, in Joplin, the son of the late Raymond and Ruth (Tankersly) Campbell. He has been a lifetime area resident. He graduated from Carterville High School in 1952, where he played on the basketball team. He served in the United States Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He married Shirley Hargis on Aug. 24, 1953, in Joplin. Together they made their home in Carterville, Mo., where they raised their three children.

Racy worked as a the catalog department manager at Sears for 22 years and as a lawn and garden sales associate for Montgomery Wards for 10 years, retiring in 1997. He was a member of Carterville Christian Church. He was a 3rd Degree Mason, a member of the Webb City Masonic Lodge No.  512 and served as past master of the Carterville Masonic Lodge No. 401. He was also a member of the Sears Retired Associates Group. Racy enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Racy was a kind and gentle man, he was a friend to all who knew him.

He is survived by two daughters, Susan Heaps, Webb City, and Beth Smith, Carterville, Mo.; one brother, Richard Campbell and wife, Janice, Webb City; one sister, Patricia Pattie Fausett and husband, Larry, Neosho, Mo.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Nancy and Jim Melim, Maricopa, Ariz.; four granddaughters, Carmen Tandy, Danielle Heaps, Ashley Heaps and Briana Smith; four great-grandchildren, Hailee Etter, Alyson Etter, Alexis Tandy and Jasper Wills; numerous nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Campbell on May 26, 2003; and by his son, Randall Campbell on Oct. 24, 2012.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Pastor Roger Hasselquist will officiate. Burial will be in Park Cemetery in Carthage, Mo. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.

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