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Farragut’s Campbell dies at 66

Jess D. Campbell’s life, as remembered by family and friends, added up to so much more than just becoming a successful Farragut attorney in a prominent downtown Knoxville firm.

“He was the most loyal friend, and he was always there to help somebody; he helped many, many people with their problems,” said Doug Horne, Farragut resident and farragutpress owner, who was a close friend of Campbell’s. “He served the public in a big way. He was a great lawyer.”

Campbell, concentrating on personal injury law during his 41 years that included building the firm now known as Campbell, Walsh & Brown, died Friday, July 2, after a battle with lymphoma. He was 66.

“He was a dear friend with everyone he met,” Horne added. “That’s why he’ll be so greatly missed.”

He is survived by wife, Pamela R. Campbell, children Melanie Campbell Brown, Curry Leigh Campbell and Jess Coby Campbell, and former wife, Shirley Rieben.

“The most significant thing about Jess was, he loved his wife, Pam, totally and completely, and loved his children,” Horne said. “The most important thing was Pam and the children.”

Brown, joining her father and partner Stephanie Walsh in the firm, said it was “a privilege and honor to work with him. Learning from him the tricks of the trade and all that was priceless.

“Dad had a gentlemanly way about doing law to try and get the best outcome for our clients,” Brown added.

Cindy Lewis, firm receptionist who has known Campbell since she was 13, said despite having “a lot of homeless here in our area, he told them any time they needed anything to come in and he’d take care of them. He took care of everyone.”

Campbell also co-owned C&D Properties with attorney Gary Dawson.

A native of Lawrenceburg who paid for his Martin Methodist College education selling Bibles and dictionaries door-to-door, Campbell earned his law degree at The University of Tennessee in 1968.

He served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Jackson, S.C.

President of Young Lawyers Conference, Tennessee Bar Association and Phi Alpha Delta, Jess also was president of the Board of Directors of Fox Den Country Club in 1983 and 1984.

“He was a long-term member, and really liked by the membership,” said Dave Largent, FDCC general manager.

Jess also was active in the Democratic Party, which includes serving as campaign manager for Bob Clement’s gubernatorial race.

As an avid Tennessee Volun-teers sports fan, especially football, Jess formed Tennessee Troupe & Travel “to get a big group to together and go to an away game every year, and get together and tailgate at Neyland Stadium,” Brown said.


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