James Clay McCampbell, of Artesia, N.M., passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M. Services will be held at Terrace Cemetery in Post, Texas on Saturday, March 27.
Jim was born on April 2, 1961 in Lubbock, Texas to Jerry Don and Barba McCampbell. He was a spitfire who caused mischief anywhere he went. It was his belief that life was not any fun without a little chaos. He will be remembered and dearly missed by those who enjoyed his antics. Jim was known best for his confidence, never afraid to say what was on his mind. He was also lovingly crowned “King of Useless Knowledge” by his family, though they always called him when they had a random question, often claiming that it was faster to call Dad for the answer than it was to just “Google it.” Jim was also the resident “taste-tester” of any food prepared in the house and was more than proud to hold that title.
Jim never went anywhere unless he was armed with his favorite baby-pink pocketknife, and made sure his kids were never without one as well. He was an involved father, from teaching his children the firearms safety to ensuring that his kids maintained their hobbies proudly and diligently. He enjoyed teaching his family to thrive in the great outdoors, taking them fishing and hunting, and teaching them how to start a fire and build a shelter when necessary. Jim always made sure his kids were prepared for the worst that this world had to offer.
Jim also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, playing multiple musical instruments and telling stories about his childhood memories with his mamaw and papaw in Post. He always said those memories with his grandparents were the happiest times of his life; his children plan to recall these stories with their own children one day. Jim was full of life lessons that the people around him will remember forever. Jim’s children take great comfort in knowing that he is at peace and reunited with his loved ones who preceded him in death.
Jim is survived four children, Jubal McCampbell of Artesia, Shawnee McCampbell of Irving, Texas, Ian Watts of Artesia and Ethen Watts of Artesia; one brother, Eric McCampbell (Theresa) of Spring, Texas; one sister, Laura McCampbell-Maxwell (Jim) of Bristol, Tenn.; seven beautiful grandchildren; and his aunt, Judy McCampbell Bush of Post.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry Don and Barba McCampbell and grandparents, J.D. and Vada McCampbell.