Samuel Henegar Campbell III
Samuel Henegar Campbell III, 86, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, October 8, 2020. Sam was born May 3, 1934 in Chattanooga to Harriett Babcock Campbell and Samuel Henegar Campbell, Jr. He graduated from The Bright School, McCallie School, and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. After college, Sam returned to Chattanooga to become the third-generation leader of the family business Chattanooga Bakery, where he served as President, then Chairman until his death. He also founded or managed Brownie Special Products, Sportsman’s Dens, Signal Smelting & Refining Co, and Professional Aviation. In 1957, he married Susan Joy Harley, and they moved to Lookout Mountain. They recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. As sportsmen who loved to hunt and fish with friends and family members, they travelled the world and regularly enjoyed friendly competition with each other. Active in community life, Sam served as trustee of The Bright School and McCallie School, where he received the Alumni Achievement Award, the Chambliss Center for Children and as a deacon and trustee of First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Harley Campbell, his children Sam H. Campbell IV (Carol), Elizabeth C. McElroy, and John C. Campbell II (Marion); his grandchildren Elizabeth C. Griffin (Kennedy), Caroline Campbell, Sam H. Campbell V, Philip McElroy, Jay McElroy, Susan M. Williams (Matt), Wells Campbell, Mallie Campbell, Lewis Campbell, and Austin Campbell; two great-grandchildren Will and Caroline Griffin; his sister Harriett “Babbie” Campbell Cameron (Stuart), his brothers-in-law Stewart Harley (Debbie) and Fred Harley (Sue); and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandchildren Clare Campbell and Campbell McElroy.
The family especially would like to thank Sam’s many dedicated caregivers including Dr. Jack McCallie, Robin Stone, April Nyfong, Wendy Hill, Darla Loker, and the staff of Hospice of Chattanooga who helped make his last days peaceful.
A private family-only graveside service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Hospice of Chattanooga, McCallie School, First Presbyterian Church, or a charity of your choice.
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Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.
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