Obit: Campbell Thomasson

Obit: Campbell Thomasson

March 7th, 2013 in Obituaries
Location: Tennessee

JASPER Campbell Franklin Thomasson, 82, of Fort Worth, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2013.Campbell was born in Wildwood, Ga. on Jan. 27, 1931. He graduated from Marion County High School, in Jasper, in 1949.Campbell served in the United States Air Force for nearly 26 years achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. He met his beautiful bride, Cliffa Nelle Stafford in Rapid City, S.D. and they married in 1953. This summer they were to celebrate 60 wonderful years together. His military career carried him and his family to four continents, five countries, and seven states where a new adventure was always waiting for them. A camel ride, a bullfight, and five feet of snow were not uncommon in some places!Retiring from the military, Campbell worked 20 years for Lockheed Martin/General Dynamics Corp. in Fort Worth. While there, he earned a degree in engineering from East Texas State University. For a time, he and Cliffa were active square dancers. Later, never truly retiring, he filled his days with his loving furry pets, woodworking, vegetable gardening, family and friends gatherings, and yes, more traveling!Campbell is survived by his wife, Cliffa Thomasson; son, Campbell Franklin Thomasson Jr., of Knoxville; daughters, Tanya Hodges, Dee Dee McGuire and Sherry Schwartz, of the Fort Worth, Texas area; siblings, Lois Hardy, Leon Thomasson, Aleene Durham, Kay Sartin, Dewey Thomasson and Donald Thomasson, of the Chattanooga area; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.Campbell was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Edith Thomasson.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.Visitation will be held at Tate Funeral Home in Jasper, Tenn., from 2-8 p.m. CSTon Friday, March 8. The funeral service will be held there as well at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, with Rev. Greg Lindsey and Rev. Thomas Long officiating. A military graveside service will follow at Sequatchie Valley Memorial Gardens.A memorial service is being planned for him at Birchman Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas where he was a faithful member for over 30 years.To send online condolences visit www.tatefh.com .Arrangements by Tate Funeral Home, Jasper, Tenn., 423-942-9500.