McKinley Campbell was born in Clay County, Ky. to Malvery (Coldiron) and Luther L. Campbell. As a child, he and his parents, sisters, Jane and Bertha, and brother, Fred, moved to Hamilton, Ohio. There he met and married the love of his life, Martha Barrett. They were married 60 years. They raised grain, cattle and two daughters, Bertha Annette (Matre) and Susan (Reed). He worked at Champion International Paper of Hamilton for 45 years. Upon retirement in 1980, he and Martha moved to Payson. They enjoyed gardening, their pets and horses and get togethers with family and friends.
Mr. Campbell’s love for animals was legendary in the area. He was always seen walking around his place with a flock of ravens, that neighbors called his “black chickens.” Stray and abandoned animals seemed to find him. He and daughter, Sue, spent many hours with horses and mules. He had a gift for handling and calming the most nervous young horse.
Animals and people alike, always felt his warmth and love.
Mr. Campbell is survived by his brother, Fred of Hamilton, Ohio; daughters, Anne (Marc) Matre of Mobile, Ala. and Sue (James) Reed of Payson. Also surviving are two granddaughters, Catherine (Mark) Salmon and Rachel (Michael) Laden; a great-grandson, Kyle Mckinley Turpin; three nieces, Pam (Gerald) Norris, Betty Lambert and Malvery (Wilmur) Howard; and two nephews, Fred (Debi) Campbell and Zenus (Jackie) Campbell.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 16 at Payson United Methodist Church.
Donations may be made to either the Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St., Payson, AZ 85541 or the Humane Society of Central Arizona, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547.