L'Roy Campbell

January 6, 1935 - January 3, 2018
U.S. Armed Forces Veteran
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L’Roy Campbell, a longtime resident of the Broxton community near Apache, Oklahoma, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at the age of 82. He was born on January 6, 1935, to Roy and Fay (Lindley) Campbell in Durant, Oklahoma.
He grew up in Durant and graduated from Durant High School in 1953, then attended college at Southeastern State University in Durant, where he met his future wife, Betty Ahboah. He enjoyed his college years and served as president of his fraternity, Phi Sigma Epsilon, and was named along with Betty as king and queen of the college’s Beaux Arts Ball in their senior year. L’Roy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1957 and then proudly served his country for four years as a member of the United States Air Force (spending a year in South Korea). In 1959, he and Betty were married at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, where their daughter, Laura, was born and they lived there until he was honorably discharged in 1961.
After his military service, L’Roy entered the business management program with the J.C. Penney Company in Dallas, Texas, and resided in the DFW area until 1967 with his family. Eager to return to Oklahoma roots, the family moved to the rural Broxton/Apache area and L’Roy pursued an education degree, which he earned from USAO in Chickasha. He completed post-graduate work at both Southwestern State University in Weatherford (earning his master’s degree) and the University of Oklahoma in Norman (earning administrative credentials). He spent 10 years in the Apache school system, where he taught history and served as assistant principal prior to his many years as high school principal. In 1979, he was named superintendent of Broxton Public Schools and worked there until retirement in 1989. As a longtime educator, he was proud of the accomplishments of his students and continued to maintain friendships with many of his former students.
As much as he enjoyed his career in education and being around kids of all ages, he really loved his retirement years in the country with Betty and frequent road trips to Texas to visit their daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. They attended numerous school functions, athletic events, and graduation ceremonies in support of their three grandsons. As a husband, father, and grandfather, God was in his life on a daily basis and he was grateful for his family.
L’Roy also spent hours reading and studying history, his favorite subject, and could recite facts and figures from numerous historical periods. He donated historical items to several area museums and was often called upon by museum curators to provide information on various collections to be exhibited. Although his favorite sport was baseball, he was a true-blue fan of OU Sooner football and, in more recent years, Oklahoma City Thunder basketball.
L’Roy is survived by Betty, his wife of 58 years; daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Lorenzo Salazar, of North Richland Hills, Texas; grandsons, Lorenzo IV (Lou), David, and Robert Salazar, all of North Richland Hills; sisters, Ruth Thompson of Durant, Oklahoma, and Joan Griffith of Wichita Falls, Texas; cousins, Rogers Lindley of Long Beach, California, and Eugene Ramazetti of Spring, Texas; sisters-in-law Linda Ahboah of Oklahoma City and Mary French Smith of Anadarko, Oklahoma; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Phyllis Jones and Gloria Parish.
Visitation with the family will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, January 7, 2018

Service Information

Date: January 6, 2018
Time: 9:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Date: January 7, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Jim Harvey
Apache, OK
Will certainly miss my friend.
Jerricka J Pebeahsy-Aragon
Chickasha, OK
I’m so thankful that I had the wonderful fortune to run into him, just a few months ago! Had a great time, chatting for several minutes & catching up on lots of things, Broxton Bulldogs. Love ya, Mr. Campbell, you were truly 1??ofAKIND??
Suzanne Gaines
Apache, OK
I met Mr. Campbell years ago.  He always loved to talk about his students he had back in the day.  They were in pretty much every conversation we ever had.  I will miss hearing his love of teaching and of life itself.
Sheila aldridge
Apache, OK
He will truly be missed
Sharla Dobbins
Lawton, OK
My thoughts and prayers are with you Betty and family. I am so sad to hear of L’Roy’s passing. I will miss seeing him so much. He always had a smile and we enjoyed talking and sharing about Bowie and the antique shop. Love to you Betty
Alicia "Aldridge" Morgan
Chickasha, OK
He was a great teacher and principal. I am so glad I got to see him at the Apache Rattlesnake Festival. He will be truly missed.

Alicia "Aldridge" Morgan
Apache High Graduate 1983
Bob and Kay Muse
Apache, OK
So sorry for your great loss.
Nick & Cindy Scaffetta
Anadarko, OK
Prayers of comfort to the family. We remember fondly of Betty and him eating with us at Nicoli's Steakhouse and running into them in antique/second hand stores around the southwest part of the state.
John and Wanda Brown
Apache, OK
Betty and Laura, So sorry for your loss.  L'Roy and I had many great years in the Apache School system.  He will be remembered.
Jim and Clara Chester
Norman, OK
Betty and Family,

We regret the passing of L'Roy.  He will remain a part of our fond memories.  May God bless you during this difficult time.
Tommie "Tallent" Roberson
Wynnewood, OK
L'Roy truely cared about the students at Broxton, from athletic uniforms to computers and pianos .  He made sure our little school had what was needed and students could have pride in their school.
Broxton "84"
Tammy Davis Parker
Apache, OK
So sorry for your loss.
Sandy Prewitt
Arcadia, OK
So sorry for your loss.
CAROLYN Clark Cruz
Lawton, OK
He was a good man and a great superintendent. Always had a smile for everyone.
Kevin Bean
Anadarko, OK
Zachary Tyler Yarber
Oklahoma City, OK
I usually have elegant words to explain hard times. We all hoped for a different outcome and that did not help the situation. So I don't have the words to say except he was loved, he's not forgotten, & his memory will always be cherished as the loving hilarious vibrant character that made his life and the lives of countless others seem more bright. Made people happy, laugh, and filled everyone's heart with hope during tough times. I'll always love Elroy but my love will never compare to how much he loved his family, accepted everyone around him, and made us see the better parts of ourselves.
Patty Farmer
Columbia, MS
So sorry for your loss.
Great Broxton memories.
Babs Henderson
Apache, OK
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss . He always was putting a smile on the faces of people around him .He will be missed a lot . I thought a lot of him . He was a great teacher as well as a friend .  May your family and you take comfort in Gods love and strength . Will always remember him teaching us girls in school a very important lesson about life and how to live it correctly . with deepest sympathy, babs
Misty Dawn (Ware)Bointy
Anadarko, OK
My deepest condolences to the family Betty and Laura and family ,Mr Campbell was a great man and a true Broxton Bulldog and will be miss
Lori Corsaut
Burkburnett, TX
God bless you Aunt Betty, Cousin Laura & family. I'm proud of the great educator, principal, superintendent, father, and man Uncle L'Roy was. My heart desires that you are comforted by the memories of him in the years to come.
Gwen Nance
Apache,, OK
Betty, family, my deepest condolences.
Nick Vasquez & Family
Apache, OK
A great, great man and dear friend who will be sincerely missed!! RIP Friend!!
Kent Arndt
Apache, OK
He was one of my favorites, I will miss seeing him and visiting with him in town. Great guy, always had time for you.
Kent Arndt
Apache, OK
He was one of my favorites, I will miss seeing him and visiting with him in town. Great guy, always had time for you.
Tammy Day (Finney)
Ardmore, OK
Such good memories of this wonderful man. I pray that God comforts all family and friends! You always had kind words. You were a great superintendent!
Ken Crump
Tulsa, OK
I remember him fondly as a patient High School Principal guiding sometimes disruptive teenage boys.  He was a good influence and a good sport.  Praying for comfort for Mrs. Campbell, Laura and the family.
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