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Larry Van Campbell

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Larry Van Campbell was born Dec. 18, 1944, in Gideon, Mo., to Rev. William P. and Rucial Orbra Smith Campbell, the second of three brothers (Billy Harold, Larry, Troy). He was an alumnist of Gideon High School and Three Rivers Community College.

Larry married Bonnie Sue Campbell of Clarkton, Mo., on Aug. 23, 1963. Of this marriage three children were born, Kit Allan, Joshua David and Susan Vanessa.

Larry was active in Bethel Assembly of God in Gideon as a young man. He was employed by the Missouri Department of Welfare for many years and served in many public service committees and organizations including serving a term as President of Cerebral Palsy of Missouri.

On May 21, 1976, Larry was married to Debra Faye Dinkins, of Clarkton. This marriage added another child to the family, Goldie. Larry spent his career helping others through what he felt was his avenue of ministry -- helping the elderly and disabled through homecare. He served many years as CEO of Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast, Mo.

In 1993, Larry led a small group of visionaries in founding a new home care company called American Home Care Management, Inc. This company remains in business today and has grown to 15 branches located throughout the state making it the fifth largest in home service provider in the state of Missouri.

In 2005 Larry and Debra retired and moved to Houston, Texas.

Larry passed away on March 23, 2007, in Houston at the age of 62 years, three months and five days.

Survivors include his wife, Debra Campbell, of Houston; sons and daughters-in-law, Kit and Keri Campbell, of Kennett and Josh and Dawn Campbell, of Gideon; daughters and sons-in-law, Susan (Van) and James Fuller, of Houston and Goldie and Charlie Payne, of Jonesboro, Ark.; one brother, Troy, of Kennett; three granddaughters, Jennifer, Dallas and Lara Campbell; Five grandsons, Justin Campbell, Chaz Payne, Seth, Zechariah and Easton Campbell and a host of other relatives and many, many friends.

One brother, Billy Harold Campbell, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., today, Tuesday, March 27, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel in Kennett with the Rev. Carroll McGruder officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross or to the military members and their families.