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Homegoing of a Saint: Rev. Gilbert G. Campbell, Sr., Richmond, VA

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch

A funeral for the Rev. Gilbert Godfrey Campbell Sr., pastor emeritus at Moore Street Missionary Baptist Church in Richmond, will be at noon Saturday, today, at that church, 1408 W. Leigh St. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Mr. Campbell, a 93-year-old Richmonder who led the church from 1964 until he retired in 1994, died at home Sunday.

He served as dean of Virginia Theological Seminary and College in Lynchburg from 1945 to 1949 and then taught and served as a principal in the Chesapeake school system from 1950 to 1964.

Mr. Campbell was university pastor at Virginia Union University from 1973 to 1994.

While he worked as a teacher and principal, he also was a pastor.

He served at First Church in Cape Charles; Grove Church in Portsmouth, where he led the congregation to construct a new building after fire destroyed the original; Gethsemane Church in Suffolk; First Church in the Rushmere area of Suffolk, which built a new church building while he was there; and Moore Street Church, where major renovations were done.

After retirement, he served as an interim pastor at Cedar Grove and Gillfield churches in Charles City, Shady Grove Church in Goochland and First Church in Petersburg.

One of five surviving children of a Baptist minister’s family, he was born in Plainfield, N.J., and educated in Plainfield, Washington and Norfolk schools.

He played basketball during high school and college and was a member of the Zeta Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

He was a 1941 graduate of VUU, where he also earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1944. He did graduate work at Drew University, the College of William and Mary, the Boston University School of Religion and the University of Virginia.

Mr. Campbell had sat on the VUU board. His alma mater bestowed an honorary doctorate in 1967.

He was a former president and board member of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia and a former board member of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention, which helps churches extend their Christian witness.

He had been a founder and board member of the Richmond OIC, which helps disadvantaged people, and a board member of the Capital Area Agency on Aging.

Mr. Campbell was a local convenor in Virginia for the Progressive National Baptist Convention. He also was a pioneer in organizing the American Baptist Churches of the South and its Area II, which covers Virginia.

He loved traveling with friends and family, playing golf and following VUU teams, especially at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament, as long as his health allowed.

He was the widower of Bertha Vernice Morgan Campbell, whom he met while she was an undergraduate at VUU. They had been married 60 years when she died June 3, 2006.

Survivors include a daughter, Rosalind Taylor of Richmond; a son, the Rev. Gilbert G. Campbell Jr. of West Palm Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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