Samuel Lee Campbell was born on May 23, 1949 in Greenville, Mississippi to parents, Samuel Russ and Edna Campbell. The family relocated to St. Louis, Missouri where Sam was raised and attended St. Louis Public Schools. Sam served honorably in the US Army where he was assigned as a Quartermaster Supply and Armament Specialist. He attended military training at Fort Lee, Virginia and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. Following his military service, Sam began employment as a Federal public servant where he worked in Housekeeping at John Cochran Veterans Hospital, Saint Louis, Missouri.
As a young man, Sam married D. Johnson and together they raised three sons, Larry Johnson (stepson), Stephen “Stevie” Johnson, and Adrian “Co Co” Johnson. During Sam’s latter years, he married Lori Boykin and two children were born of this union; son, Lovell Campbell and daughter, Loriell Campbell.
Sam loved to travel and he went on cruises on an annual basis sailing to various islands where he swam in the ocean, chilled out on the beach, did some para-sailing and jet skiing, and enjoyed the company of family and friends who travelled with him. Cruising was most certainly Sam’s most favorite past time.
Sam was a very proud and disciplined man. Beginning in his late 40’s, Sam set his sights on entering a bodybuilding contest and was very successful in this endeavor. He ultimately won multiple bodybuilding competitions and was presented with a number of trophies throughout his tenure as a competitive bodybuilder.
Sam enjoyed grooving to sounds of old skool R&B. Even though most of his favorite songs were from the 1960s and 1970s, he was a huge fan of Janet Jackson and her music. Sam had a distinctive manner that he loudly snapped his fingers to the beat. Each finger snap resounded loudly through the room when the R&B jams were playing.
Sam leaves to cherish his memory, the love of his life, Lori Boykin-Campbell, five children: Larry, Stevie, Adrian, Lovell and Loriell; seven siblings, Marsha Caldwell, Ricardo Muhammad, DeAdrienne Russ-Torrey, Joann Bishop, Barbara Bishop, James Bishop and Virginia Bishop; and a host of grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins, former coworkers and friends. Samuel will truly be missed.
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