AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Margaret Bush Campbell, 97, widow of Joseph P. Campbell, Jr., entered into rest Friday, February 25, 2005, at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital in Augusta. She was the daughter of the late William Walton Bush and Mary Haley Thomas Bush and was preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia Bush Bowe and Ella Gertrude Bush (infant), and two brothers, Fred W. Bush and Robert D. Bush. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 1, at First Baptist Church of Augusta, Dr. Rodger Murchison officiating, with interment to follow at Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta. The family will receive friends at Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Avenue, Augusta between 6:00 and 8:00 PM, Monday, February 28. Pallbearers are Robert Bush, Neal Bush, Brian Leonard, Terry Williams, Kenneth Wise, and Andy Edmunds. The Board of Deacons of First Baptist Church of Augusta will serve as honorary pallbearers. Margaret Campbell was a native of Augusta a nd lived much of her adult life as a resident of North Augusta, S.C. She was a retired teacher from the Richmond County School System with over forty years of service. She taught at Houghton Elementary from the late 1920s through the 1940s, at Belvedere Elementary in Aiken County in the early 1950s, and returned to Richmond County in the mid-1950s to teach at Wilkinson Gardens Elementary and at A. Brian Merry Elementary from which she retired in the late 1960s. Considered an excellent reading teacher, Mrs. Campbell also served as a supervising teacher for the School of Education at Augusta College, now Augusta State University. Over the course of her career, Mrs. Campbell taught almost 1000 students and developed a special and lasting relationship with each. Many, some in their 80s, attended her 95th birthday party in November 2002. Mrs. Campbell completed Houghton Elementary and graduated from Tubman High School for Girls. She also graduated from the Augusta Training School for Teach ers at John Milledge School and was a member of the first graduating class of the Junior College of Augusta, now Augusta State University. She was also a graduate of Georgia State College for Women (GSCW) in Milledgeville, now Georgia College and State University. Since early childhood, she had been a loyal and faithful active member of First Baptist Church of Augusta, where her parents were married in 1899, and she is believed to be the longest currently tenured member of that church. At First Baptist, she taught the Gleaners Sunday School Class for over 38 years. She was also a member and former Regent of the Augusta Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), a member of the Board of Directors and former Treasurer of the Mary Warren Home and a board member of its successor, the Mary Warren Foundation. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association of Richmond County and of Self Help for the Hard of Hearing (SHHH). Along with her late husband, she was a former m ember of the Blythe Farmers Club. Mrs. Campbell is survived by her two sons, Joseph P. Campbell and his special friend, Rebecca Hilton, Augusta, and Walton B. Campbell and his wife Lynn (Quattlebaum), Evans; five grandchildren, Tricia Campbell Ross, Jacksonville, FL; Brantley Walton Campbell, Williston, S.C.; Nancy Margaret Campbell, Augusta and New York City; William Walton Campbell, Augusta; and Bailey Adele Campbell, Evans; and one great-grandchild, Ethan Christopher Ross, Jacksonville, FL. Other survivors include nine nieces and nephews, a host of great-nieces and nephews, and numerous great-great-nieces and nephews. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made in the name of Margaret Bush Campbell to First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30909. Arrangements are under the direction of Platt's Funeral Home, 721 Crawford Avenue, Augusta, GA 30904. 733-3636.
The Augusta Chronicle February 28, 2005