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The Reverend James Wilson Campbell, Jr., 73, died Sunday, August 22, 2021. Born in Hickory, North Carolina, Rev. Campbell was the son of the late James Wilson, Sr. and Jahaza Yoder Campbell and married for 41 years to Sylvia Nelson-Campbell. A graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbia, he was the pastor of several churches in North and South Carolina. He completed his ministry at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Prosperity, South Carolina.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Nelson-Campbell, and children, Zachary Nelson-Campbell (Cynthia), Collen Nelson-Campbell, Amber Nelson-Campbell and son-in-law, Carl Sesler; grandchildren, Kylie Campbell, Hunter Sesler, Nessie Deese, and Izzy Deese, his mother-in-law Ruby Nelson, and sister-in-law Debbie Nelson. Special friends include Jane and Will Wyatt. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother John Campbell, fathers-in-law Alvis (Al) Nelson and Charles Marthers.

A service will be held at 2 o’clock Sunday September 12, 2021, at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Prosperity, 2192 Bethel Church Road, Prosperity, SC 29127. The Rev Ozzie Herlong of the South Carolina Synod ELCA will officiate the service.

The family would like to thank his church family at Mt. Olivet for all the love shown to him, Drs. John Ferguson, Ben Pinner, Chaudhry Mushtaq and Edwina Hallman, NP and the staff at Pinner Clinic for their compassionate and loving care.

Memorials may be made to:
Lutheran Services Carolinas
1416 S. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.,
Salisbury, N.C. 28145
PO Box 947
or at:

Almighty God, source of all mercy and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with those who mourn, that, casting all their sorrow on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
– Prayer from the Lutheran Book of Worship

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