Obituary for Evelyn Campbell (Eye)
Evelyn Mae Campbell, 94, of Harrisonburg and formerly of Salem, passed away Friday, December 30, 2016. Born September 4, 1922 in Mt. Solon, Augusta County, Virginia, the youngest of six children and last survivor of Alda Lena (Horn) Eye and Grover Cleveland Eye. She attended elementary school in Mt. Solon and later moved to Millboro Springs in Bath County, VA with her mother, siblings and stepfather, Guy Horn, where she graduated from Millboro High School. She excelled in academics and athletics. Evelyn was voted High School Senior Class May Queen and was crowned Miss Bath County in 1941. She married Arthur W. Campbell in 1941. Arthur preceded her in death in 2001.
After moving to Roanoke, Evelyn enjoyed working as a seamstress making ballroom gowns and ballet costumes for the Floyd-Ward School of Dancing as well as garments for adults and children. She worked as the Assistant Registrar for the City of Roanoke. She also worked for the Roanoke Department of Parks and Recreation and later became secretary and stenographer for the Roanoke City Library.
She was a former member of Virginia Heights Baptist Church and after moving to Salem, VA, she became a member of the Salem Baptist Church and taught primaries in Sunday school for many years. Evelyn was a talented artist and avid gardener. In her active years, she was a member of the Thursday Morning Music Club (Roanoke), Federation of Garden Clubs, Salem Women’s Club and Rosalind Hills Garden Club. She enjoyed crafts, particularly ceramics and making highly decorated decoupage eggs. Widowed in 2001 and in failing health she moved to Harrisonburg, VA in 2011 where she could be cared for by her only child, Dr. Ronald A. Campbell, her daughter-in-law, Mary Anne Campbell, and her grandson, the late Robert A. Campbell, State Probation Supervisor of District 26 Court Service Unit, Dept. of Juvenile Justice, Commonwealth of Virginia.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law; one grandson, Dr. Kevin S. Campbell; one great granddaughter, Elizabeth; granddaughter-in-law, Anna, and nieces and nephews in Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Ohio and New York.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the Chapel of John M. Oakey & Son, Salem. The Rev. Everett Kier will officiate. A private graveside service will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM, Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial donations be made to the Salem Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society. An online guest book is available for family and friends by visiting www.johnmoakey.com.