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John Hodge Campbell

John Hodge Campbell
  • December 15, 1951 - March 28, 2015
  • Fort Walton Beach, Florida

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John Hodge Campbell of Fort Walton Beach, Florida passed away on March 28, 2015 at the age of 63 after having fought a short but gallant battle with cancer that was diagnosed on March 18th.

John was born on December 15, 1951 in Montgomery, Alabama to H.P. "Pat" and Bettye H. Campbell. John spent his entire life in Fort Walton Beach where he graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 1969 and played football for his beloved coach Wyman Townsel. After a brief period of living life to the fullest, including its ups and downs, traveling to his favorite surfing spots in Hawaii and California, he returned to Fort Walton and in 1976 opened the original Mother Earth's Café on Perry Avenue with his mother, where he introduced a drink called the "smoothie" to the local area. After several years he started a career in the construction business. At the time of his death he was the President of KTC Enterprises, a local construction and remodeling company.

John was preceded in death by his father, and a sister, Patricia Lopes. John is survived by his mother, Betty H. Campbell; brothers, James C. Campbell (Debbie), H. P. "Bo" Campbell, Jr.; his sister, Verna "Bunny" Campbell Klein (Lorin) and his life's greatest accomplishments, his three beautiful daughters, Kristen, Taylor and Courtney Campbell and their mother, Julie Campbell. His daughters looked to John as their "Superman Dad". He is also survived by his close and loving soul mate, Theresa Bauer. He will also be greatly missed by his favorite cousins, Reverend Fred and Janice Day of Centreville, MS. and nieces and nephews Lori, Chris, Hunter, Shannon, Heather, Tripp and Josh.

John was actively involved and devoted to his church, Grace Tabernacle, and his daughters' numerous activities, which included high school cheerleading, soccer, softball, track and weightlifting. These activities took him all over the southeast cheering on his three girls, the loves of his life, in their many pursuits and accomplishments. John was involved in coaching youth sports in the Fort Walton Beach youth football program and the Shalimar Little League before he became so involved with his girls' activities. John was a past member of the All Sports Association where he was recognized as its most valuable member in 1996. He also served as the president of the Building Industry Association of Okaloosa-Walton Counties. John was a person who undertook projects and his girls' activities, with tremendous enthusiasm and commitment, expending a great deal of time and energy. John was actively involved in improving the girls' softball fields at Choctaw, particularly the fund raising effort to put lights on the main field.

John's extracurricular passion was surfing where he has surfed in Hawaii, California, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Atlantic East Coast. He has frequently traveled to his favorite spot in El Salvador where he was involved with the Balance' Resort with others from the local area. His bucket list, which unfortunately did not get fulfilled, was pinned to his bedroom wall and included surfing trips to Australia, New Zealand and Bali. This unfulfilled list also included a desire to travel to Israel to walk in the presence of Jesus Christ and to build a children's foundation in El Salvador.

A celebration of John's life will be held Saturday April 4th at the Grace Tabernacle Church on Eglin Parkway at 10:00, a.m. with his good friend, Pastor Dave Malero, delivering the message and John's cousin Reverend Fred Day delivering the eulogy.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Grace Tabernacle Church, Children's Wing Building Fund, a project that John was spearheading at the time of passing.

Emerald Coast Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. John asked that he be cremated and his ashes be laid to rest beside his parents at the Beal Memorial Cemetery and some of his ashes to be spread in the Gulf of Mexico at one of his favorite surfing spots. His surfing friends have requested the opportunity to organize a "paddle out" as part of this memorial celebration.

John was a caring and giving person who will be dearly missed by the many people he touched during his lifetime. He came so far in life and had much he still wanted to accomplish but God has a better plan for John's services. Pinned to the wall of his bedroom John attached a handwritten note that stated, "I will boldly declare the greatness of God and the power of his word. I will not live in defeat and I will stand my ground, fearlessly praising my God! I know God will lift me up and I will live my life with my head held high." His suffering is over, he has indeed, been lifted up, and he is now in a better place. Rest in peace, Brother John.