Ray “Soupy / Cowboy” Allen Campbell, age 66, son of Louis Emmett and Helen Coffman-Campbell, was born on April 3, 1944 in Huggins, Mo. He passed away June 29, 2010, at the Veteran’s Hospital in Columbia, Mo., after a long illness.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents and his best friend and cousin, Paul “Bear” Campbell.
He is survived by his wife, Glenda of Bucyrus; children, Della (Bruce) Keith of Oklahoma, Gayle (Sam) Lamb of Oklahoma, Tona Campbell of Oklahoma, Kris Campbell of Oklahoma, Eric Hathaway of Virgina, Johnny Hathaway of Iowa, Misti Garner of Idaho, Kenny Cox of Willow Springs, Mo., Misty Jeffry-Traver of Willow Springs, Mo., Dusty Jones of Houston, Mo., and Keisha Kimrey of Houston; four brothers, Danny (Linda) Campbell and James (Barbara) Campbell, both of Bucyrus, William (Patricia) Campbell of Kenosha Wisc., and Larry (Estella) Campbell of Harrah, Okla.; four sisters, Mary (Donald) Breedlove of Bucyrus, Kathy Pittman of Houston, Brenda (John) Lackey of Magnolia, Texas, and Patsy (Dale) Boyer of Choctaw, Okla.; several grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Ray grew up in the Bucyrus area and attended Houston High School. He enlisted into the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.
Cowboy was a member of the Lions Club International for several years. He enjoyed hunting in any season, fishing, riding horses, storm clean-up and working cattle. He loved to chase a chicken with any of the kids that were around and has molded some of the best chicken chasers in this area.
Soupy loved his family and friends. It was the highlight of his week to kick back and just visit with anyone around. He loved going down to Arkansas and working with his clean-up crew, and just spending time with them.
Ray was a wonderful man. If you had the chance to know him in this life you were indeed blessed. He was always there to help you if you needed it. He lived his life to the fullest, seeing the country and what it had to offer. He will be missed, but we know that he is riding the trails and meeting up with Bear, Gramps, Granny H and the others before him having a grand reunion, and he is still trying to sell that frog a life jacket.
Services were 11 a.m. Friday, July 2, 2010, at Evans Funeral Home of Houston, Mo., with Pastor Jackie Cooper officiating. Burial along with full military honors followed in the Hickory Ridge Cemetery, Upton , Mo., with Ray being carried to his final resting place in a horse drawn wagon and escorted by several friends and family members on horseback. Pallbearers were Shorty Hutsell, Wade Spencer, Harry Clemons, Jimmy Bryant, Doug Pharr, Josh Jeffus, Nick Bryant and Jason Hibbler.
In lieu of floral arrangements the family respectfully requests donations be made to the Ray Campbell Memorial Fund in care of Evans Funeral Home.