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Earnest R. Campbell, 78 year old Ft. Supply resident, died Sunday, June 19, 2016 in Shattuck. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Roadway Church in Ft. Supply. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Earnest Ray Campbell was born on January 21, 1938 in his families stone home in Harper County, Oklahoma to Harley Maurice and Dorothy Fae (Lyon) Campbell. He grew up in the Gyp Valley Community and attended Buffalo and Ft. Supply schools. Earnest received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Animal Science from Panhandle A&M College.

He was united in marriage to Leota Arlene Gillenwaters on August 17, 1957 at Ed Tindell's house in Enid, Oklahoma. They made their first home in Goodwell, Oklahoma. Earnest worked for the Panhandle Ag Farm. He also worked for the Hitch Ranch and farmed north of Guymon growing corn, wheat, milo, and soy beans until they moved to Ft. Supply in 1998. Earnest worked for Harper County until his retirement.

Earnest was a Sunday School Teacher at Morning Star and was a member of the United Methodist Church. He loved hunting, fishing and being with his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved telling everyone tall tales and taking his grandchildren to the canyons. Earnest was always going out to the country, whether it was cutting trees, fixing roads or watching deer, coyotes and quail.

He is survived by his wife Leota Arlene Campbell of the home; two sons, Mike Campbell and wife Sherri of Woodward, Mark Campbell and wife Cheryl of rural Laverne; one daughter, Michelle Goree and husband Charles of Ft. Supply; three sisters, Gloria Jenkins and husband Alvin of Campo, Colorado, Gail Kinney and husband Thad of Crescent, Doris Goodwin and husband Korwin Joe of Decator, Texas; grandchildren, Justin Campbell and wife Courtney, Chad Campbell and wife Tessa, Shala McIntosh and husband Peyton; Ashley DeVaughn, Jessica Hendrix and husband Nathan, Tiffany, Zachary, Corey and Makayla Wright; great-grandchildren, Lane Campbell, Caden Campbell, Hailey Campbell, Shay Campbell, Ty Campbell, Isaac, Alex and Zoe DeVaughn, Bella and Dexter Hendrix, Leo and Allison Estes; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Billie Maurice Campbell and grandson Trevor Lynn Campbell.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Foundation for Alzheimer's Research with the funeral home accepting the donations.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on June 22, 2016
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