Melvin Ray Campbell

  • Born: August 11, 1927
  • Died: November 20, 2021
  • Location: Clemson, South Carolina

Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home & Crematory

108 Cross Creek Road
Central, SC 29630
Tel. (864) 639-2411

Tribute & Message From The Family

Melvin Ray Campbell, 94, passed away peacefully Saturday, November 20, 2021. He was born in Easley, SC August 11, 1927, the son of D. M. and Grace Bridges Campbell.

Ray graduated from Central High School, class of 1944, and then enrolled at Furman University that Fall. Later that year he joined the U. S. Navy, where he served on an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific. After two years he returned to Furman, attaining a Bachelor's degree. He later went to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a Master of Divinity.

Ray's pastorate began at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Walhalla in 1954. His pastorates continued in Louisiana and Mississippi, before returning in 1970 to East Clemson Baptist Church. He retired in 2005 from Pleasant Ridge.

He enjoyed his Coffee Club very much. He liked working in the yard and gardening. But most of all he loved spending time with his family.

Ray is survived by his wife, Delores Graham Campbell; one son, Ray Campbell, Jr. (Debbie) of Anderson; two daughters, LaNell Andrews (Wm. E.) of Purvis, MS and Susan Leighton (Michael) of Clemson; 12 grandchildren; and 29 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents Melvin was preceded in death by a brother, J. Robert Campbell.

Visitation with family and friends will be at 9:00 AM, Saturday, November 27th, at the East Clemson Baptist Church, 230 Frontage Rd., Clemson with a memorial service which will begin at 10:00 AM.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made in memory of Melvin Campbell to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Rd., Greenville, SC 29605.

Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I remember him for his friendly smile. I never saw him when he wasn't smiling. I attended Pleasant Ridge Baptist during the last years of his pastoring and enjoyed him and his charming wife, Delores immensely. May God bless his family with strength, comfort and peace now and in the days to come.

Posted by Imagean Wigington - Tamassee, SC - Friend   November 25, 2021

So deeply sad and sorry for your loss. May the peace of the Lord be with you all

Posted by Anne Ely - Anderson, SC - Family Friend   November 23, 2021

Bro. Ray was my pastor at Escatawpa Baptist Church. He was my spiritual leader, led me to Christ, was a mentor, and came back to Escatawpa to perform my marriage ceremony. Bro. Ray was one of the most influential people in my life who helped make me who I am today. He led by example and everyone loved and respected him. He is rejoicing in Heaven now and has definitely left his mark and legacy on this earth. Until I see you again in Heaven. Thank you for everything you did and meant to me in my life. I was truly blessed to have known him.

Posted by Randall and Amy Cobb - Hurley, MS - Family Friend   November 23, 2021

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