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Elaine Edmonds Campbell

SoVaNow.com / July 30, 2020
Elaine Edmonds Campbell, of Danville, died Sunday, July 26, 2020 at Sovah Health Hospital. Born in Halifax on Feb. 27, 1955, the 11th of 14 children born to the late Frank Fredrick (Dick) Edmonds and the late Vernell Martin Edmonds. She was a true sister, aunt, friend and constant witness for Jesus Christ.

During her life, matriculated through the Halifax County School System and Maranatha Bible College, where she excelled academically. Professionally, she was employed by the school system, non-profit organizations and church organizations. As a young adult, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior, joining Christ Temple Blue Rock Church, where her grandfather, the late Rev. Frank Earl Edmonds served as founder and pastor. In 1975, she moved to Danville and joined the Bibleway Cathedral, where she served as a faithful, dedicated and loyal church administrator, member, Sunday school teacher, altar worker and prayer warrior among many other assignments. Understanding that God did not call His children to minister only to those inside of the church, she visited and ministered the incarcerated, fed the hungry, prayed for the sick and clothed those who were in need. She was so committed to doing the work of the Lord that she kept a supply of clothing, food and other necessities in the trunk of her car in case she encountered someone in need.

She loved the Lord and served Him faithfully. Her mission was to do His will and populate the Kingdom of Heaven and was willing to reach the lost at any cost. Despite all of the challenges she faced, Evangelist Campbell never lost her trust and faith in God. She lived consistent with a testimony she shared during one Sunday service about an encounter she had with God as she drove through a rainstorm, her vision became impaired and she started to panic. In recounting the moment, she heard the Holy Ghost tell her “Don’t panic, you and I have been through storms before.” Notwithstanding all that life and the enemy threw her way, She did not panic, she did not waiver, instead she stood, confidently and faithfully trusting in God and has now earned her rest.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Lawrence G. Campbell Jr.; two daughters, Dietra Carree (Isaac) and Rebecca Campbell; two grandchildren, Alaina Carree and Bryce Jones; Alaina’s paternal grandmother; eight sisters, Ether (George) Ward, Cleo Easley, Hazel Edmonds, Lillie Hunt, Martha Sheppard, Jean Coles, Eloise (Barry) Swann, Evonne Edmonds; three brothers, Lee A. Edmonds Sr., Branford (Joanna) Edmonds Sr., James (Adell) Edmonds; father and mother-in-law, Lawrence G. Campbell Sr. and Gloria Campbell; sisters-in-law, Rosa Edmonds, Elizabeth Edmonds, Allethia (David) Perrin, Angela (Matthew) Allen, Hope (Steve) Minus; a brother-in-law, Phillip Campbell; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, a special sister, Dottie Stewart and her Bibleway Cathedral Church family. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Frank Davis Edmondson and Emmett Jerome Edmonds Sr.

At her request, the memorial is private, as this is a solemn time for the immediate family.

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