Local couple celebrates 70 years of marriage

Courtesy Martha and George Campbell are pictured about the time of their marriage 70 years ago in 1945.

A Tyler husband and wife who prided themselves on the joys of family life and community involvement are celebrating 70 years of marriage.

Friends and family are expected Saturday to gather in honor of George and Martha Campbell, described by loved ones as soul-mates and "good people" who cared for others.

"Anybody who meets them loves them," granddaughter Missy Chapman said. "They are loving, kind, giving, active in their church. … If you needed anything, they would be there to help."

Campbell, 92, is a World War II veteran who served with honor in Troop F, 112th Calvary, spending many hours in mounted patrol. He is retired from LaGloria Gas and Oil Company.

Mrs. Campbell, 88, poured a lifetime of energy into her family, home, church and community, earning accolades throughout the years for her mouth-watching chocolate pies.

Both are longtime members of Tyland Baptist Church.

Family members said the couple always cites their Christian beliefs and values as the glue that kept their marriage strong for so many years.

"If I had to choose any parents, it would be them, they are just the best," said daughter Dottie Campbell. "They did a good job. … We couldn't ask for anything more of them"

The couple married March 19, 1945 in Lindale, shortly after Campbell was discharged from the service.

The young couple made their longtime home in Tyler, enjoying their life and love in the same comfortable home Campbell helped construct by hand in the early years of their marriage.

The Campbells raised two children and today enjoy family get-togethers that include their grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.


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