Sequoyah ~ Class of 1952
WELLING - George Cammpbell-Cameron passed from this life at his home surrounded by his family on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005 in Welling at 73 years of age. He was born April 8, 1932 in the Hungry Mountain area to Andrew and Emma (Pack) Campbell. George grew up in the Hungry Mountain area and left at a young age to attend Sequoyah Orphans Training School after the death of his mother. He made many lifelong friends there and Sequoyah became his home.
George left school early to join the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was enlisted as an airborne paratrooper with the 45th Infantry. While serving our country, George was injured and honorably discharged. After returning from his military duties, he went back to Sequoyah Orphans Training School and graduated in 1952. George loved his times at Sequoyah so much that he wanted to share his memories, which taught him the life lessons he learned and valued. He wrote and published a book about this period in his life titled “Sequoyah Orphans Training School.”
George married Louise Fixin Feb. 7, 1958 in Tahlequah. Together, they built their home in the Hungry Mountain community and raised four children. George enjoyed farming and ranching and was very involved in the community. He served as an ordained deacon at Barber Baptist Church, served as a school board member at Tenkiller School and remained active with the Disabled American Veterans Association. While on the school board, he was instrumental in the rebuilding of Tenkiller School after it was destroyed by a fire. George was also instrumental in the design and construction of the "Veterans War Memorial" at Sequoyah High School. His desire for this memorial was to honor all Sequoyah veterans. George was also a member of Sycamore Tree Baptist Church and Sequoyah High School Alumni and was inducted into the Sequoyah Alumni Hall of Fame. He enjoyed reading and writing poems and, most of all, George was a loving husband, father and grandpa.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Andy and Emma (Pack) Campbell; two brothers, Dave and Willie Campbell; and a baby sister, Nellie Campbell.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Louise (Fixin) Cameron, of the home; two daughters, Patricia Cameron, of the home, and Emma (Cameron) Thirsty and her husband, Adam, of Stilwell; two sons, Fred Cameron, of Cookson, and George Edward Cameron and his wife, Dena, of Muskogee; two sisters, Anna Marie Lair, of Tahlequah, and Fannie Billy and her husband, Eugene, of Bell Gardens, Calif.; two brothers, William Campbell and his wife, Jean, of Tahlequah, and Eddie Campbell and his wife, Wanda, of Tahlequah; 10 grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Sara (Cameron) Quetone (Seq-'99) and her husband, Cody, Pamela Cameron, Stephanie Cameron, Ashley Thirsty (Seq. Cls '2005) , Victorian Cameron (Seq. Cls '2007) , Dwayne Thirsty (Seq.Cls'2009) , Dallis Cameron (Seq.Cls'2009) , Dylan Cameron, Dustin Cameron and Miranda Cameron (Seq. Cls'2011) ; one great-grandchild, Ebony Oakley; and many nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends.
Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2005 at Reed-Culver Chapel with Rev. Charles Duvall officiating. Burial will follow at Barber Cemetery. Pallbearers include Darrel Campbell, John Campbell, Kenny Fixin, Dewayne Fixin, Jess (Pug) Christie and Cody Quetone. Honorary pallbearers include Rufus Fixin, Adam Thirsty, Jr. and Sequoyah High School Alumni with special mention Everett Nave(1950s), Bill Baker (Seq-'54), Foreman Ross (Seq-'55) and Clint (Sonny) Fixin. Flower girls include Sara (Cameron) Quetone , Pamela Cameron, Stephanie Cameron, Ashley Thirsty, Victorian Cameron , Dallis Cameron and Miranda Cameron.
The family of George would like to express gratitude to Veterans Affairs Primary Home Base Health Care of Muskogee, Cherokee Nation Home Health and Hospice of the Cherokees for all their help and care.
The family requests donations be made in lieu of flowers to the Sequoyah War Memorial Monument Fund at Bank of Commerce, P.O. Box 512, Stilwell, Okla.