Byron Campbell

CAMPBELL, Byron Lee, “Barney,” as he was known to family and friends, 89, died January 16, 2014, at his residence in Cornelius, NC.

He was the youngest of nine children born in Mannington, West Virginia, on March 27, 1924, to Lawrence Milford Campbell and Bertha Jane Hughes Campbell. Barney graduated from Wellsburg High School in 1942 and served in the Army Air Corp from 1943 to 1946.

On November 13, 1948, Barney married Gwendolyn Lucille West also of Mannington, West Virginia. In 1948 he and his new wife moved to Weirton, West Virginia, and he was employed with Weirton Steel Corporation in the Tin Mill until 1986. He was a lifetime member of the Weirton Steel 25 Year Club.

From 1986 until 2007 Barney drove cars professionally for the State Park Motors Company. In 2007 Barney and his wife Gwen relocated to Cornelius, NC, to be closer to their son and his family.

He was an avid golfer, an accomplished square dancer and an aviation enthusiast. In 1948, he obtained his private pilot’s license and was an aviation enthusiast until his last days. He began golfing in 1938 and didn’t give up the links until 2012.

While he lived in Weirton he was also a member of the Dip ‘N Dive Square Dance Club in Wintersville, Ohio. He and his family were members of the First Baptist Church in Weirton, West Virginia.

Memorial services will be conducted at a later date.

Barney is survived by his wife, Gwen Campbell and his two children, Byron Lawrence Campbell and Paula Jane Johns. He is also survived by five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Huntersville, NC, is assisting the family. Friends may offer condolences to the family at