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Donna Lynn Campbell, age 66, of Harriman, went home to be with our Lord and Creator of the Universe on Monday, September 11, 2023, from the Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

She was born May 1, 1957, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She grew up in Roanoke, Virginia prior to moving to Williamsburg, Virginia, and then to Harriman. She was a graduate of Cave Spring High School in Roanoke, Virginia. After attending Virginia Tech University she earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Roanoke College. She then earned two Master’s degrees, one in Biology from the College of William and Mary and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Tennessee.

She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Kingston, Tennessee where she served as church librarian and a Sunday school teacher for over 32 years. She also served faithfully in the jail ministry for 45 years, 13 years in Williamsburg, Virginia, and 32 years at the Roane County jail in Kingston and deeply cared for and ministered to the individuals there.

Because of her humble spirit, one may never know of her academic, scientific, and professional accomplishments. She would probably never mention these accomplishments, but we felt it important to do so. Her knowledge and expertise in the Sciences was not only sought out nationally and internationally by many officials, but also gave her many opportunities including travel, her research being published, and serving for 12 years as a charter member of the Site-Specific Advisory Board at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and as a charter member of the Citizens Advisory Board for the Kingston T.V.A. ash spill cleanup.

Although Mrs. Campbell had many opportunities to do many things, she felt that her calling and ministry was to share her knowledge and love of the sciences and reading through teaching. She was a much beloved teacher at Mount Pisgah Christian Academy in Oliver Springs for over 20 years. As a lover of books and reading, she also helped to establish and stock the school library. Many students have memories of “Library Time” and Mrs. Campbell reading them a story or helping them to check out a book.

She also shared her passion for science by teaching the middle school and high school science classes for many years. She was dedicated to every student, always going the extra mile to make sure that they got the help, encouragement, and challenge that they needed, all while being very attuned to their well-being. During her time at MPCA she has taught hundreds of students, preparing them for whatever path they chose after graduation. Mrs. Campbell has a God-given ability to see the best in those around her and to challenge the students to reach their potential.

Most importantly, Mrs. Campbell has not only taught her students about biology, chemistry, physics, and other scientific knowledge, but goes above and beyond to ensure that they leave her class knowing that the God who spoke the world into being, is the One who loves them and has a plan for each of their lives. Her favorite Bible verses were Zephaniah 3:17 and 2 Timothy 2:15. Most of all, she dearly loved her family and her entire life focused around service to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Her legacy will continue in the lives that she influenced and the hearts that she touched.

She was preceded in death by her father: Donald Middleton.

Survivors include her husband of 32 years: Kenneth Campbell; children: Kenny Campbell (Lauren Mitchell), Kelly Campbell (Rob Aritzmendi), Sarah Campbell, Trenton Campbell (Ninette), and Nikki Carbin (Chris); 9 grandchildren: Christopher Carbin, Madison Carbin, McKenna Carbin, Mayleigh Carbin, Canyon Carbin, Xavier Campbell, Sam Schaad, Amaiya Aritzmendi, and Lexi Turner (David); mother: Marilyn Middleton; brothers and sister: David Middleton (Beth), Linda Bellamy (Bob), and Gary Middleton (Julie); and many special nieces, nephews, other relatives, and special friends including her family at First Baptist Church, Kingston and Mount Pisgah Baptist Church and Christian Academy.

As a lover of all of God’s creation, taking many of them into her home, homestead, and classroom over the years, she is also survived by her beloved dog, “Mara”.

The family will receive friends Saturday, September 16, 2023, from noon until 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, located at 215 N. Kentucky Street in Kingston, Tennessee. Funeral services will follow on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Kingston with Pastor Dale Darley and Pastor Garvan Walls officiating. Committal services and interment will follow in the Campbell Family Cemetery in Harriman. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Pisgah Christian Academy (Donna Campbell Scholarship Fund); 160 Patriot Drive; Oliver Springs, TN 37840 or you can go to the website at https://my.simplegive.com/App/Form/fd92cbfc-2fe1-4ea9-a467-7da0cf320cc2. If donations are made to the website, under the Fund tab please select “Christian Academy” then you can add the amount you would like to donate, the next step is to please add “Donna Campbell Scholarship Fund” in the comments section. Evans Mortuary in Rockwood is serving the family.

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