Nora Hammons Campbell was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on March 29, 1925. She went to her Heavenly home on April 19, 2019.
She lived her early life on Brice’s Creek in the Stinking Creek Community with her parents, Richard and Ada Graham Hammons; her 2 sisters, Cora Mae and Wanda Sue; and 4 brothers, Frank, Rosamond, Ernest and Luther Thomas.
On September 18, 1944, she married Chester Martin. Shortly after their marriage, Chester was killed while serving in the military during World War II. Several years later she met Ted Davis Campbell. They were married on May 7, 1949, at Brush Creek in the home of Reverend Marcee. Nora and Davis lived in Artemus where they raised their three children: Neila, Ada, and David.
On June 16, 1949, she joined the Artemus Baptist Church. Here she taught the Beginners Sunday School Class for many years. Through the years, she loved all the children that she taught. Every Sunday she brought suckers to her class. It was not unusual for her students to come for their sucker every Sunday, long after they had been promoted. Nora never ran out of suckers. At one time, she made all the pies served at the Traveler’s Inn Restaurant. She and her sister-in-law, Zelma Hammons, ran the market next door to the Hammons Union 76 Service Station.
Nora loved to sew and make quilts. In fact, her quilts were on display at local festivals and won prizes at local fairs. At one of the fairs, she was told that her quilt was disqualified because the judge noted that the stitches were too small to be done by hand and that the machine bobbin was too tight. She was indignant and told him that he was not much of a judge if he could not distinguish between good hand quilting and machine quilting. She took great pride in her small hand-stitched quilting. She made most of her daughters’ dresses, including the clothes for their dolls.
Nora and Davis enjoyed fishing on the farm and area lakes. It did not matter the size of the fish, but the number and, especially, if she caught the most. She loved to catch the most. When they moved to the farm, they discovered that there were many arrowheads to be found, especially after the fields were plowed. After dinner, Nora and Davis would take long walks in search of these arrowheads and other Indian artifacts. Many of them were displayed in shadow boxes in their home.
Gardening was another love. Every summer, she grew a huge vegetable garden. Sharing her vegetables with neighbors and friends brought her so much pleasure.
Nora’s homemade candy was well known and enjoyed and sought after by family, friends and even by her children’s teachers. Some people believed that she had the best chocolate fudge and peanut butter roll in the county.
Wild bird watching brought her so much delight. She avidly watched after all the birds that would come to her many feeders. She took so much pleasure in watching the “Purple Martins” arrive each year, raise their families, and be so sad when they left in July. Throughout the year, she would save egg shells to feed the martins when they came for their yearly visits.
Hospitality and love of family and friends were her greatest gifts. Her home was the gathering place for family members and friends and the site of many home cooked meals. Most times, she never knew how many would be eating at her table. She never ran out of food. It was always difficult to distinguish who was family and who was not.
Several years ago, she was made a Kentucky Colonel. The proclamation was proudly displayed on her kitchen wall. She also was recognized by the Knox County Operation UNITE for her generosity of providing land for their training.
Before her death, Nora lost her parents; her husband of 47 years; three brothers; and two sisters. She leaves to mourn her passing and celebrate her life: her three children, Neila Hutson and husband, Robert of Gainesville, Florida; Ada Campbell and husband, Lonnie Kern of Big Stone Gap, Virginia; and David Campbell and wife, Reva of Fisherville, Kentucky; one brother, Luther Thomas Hammons and wife Edna Mae; and two sisters-in-law, Ruby Campbell and Florence Hammons. She leaves eight grandchildren, Rachel Hutson Heath and husband, Michael; Mary Hutson Garland, and husband, Joshua; Richard Davis Hutson; Stephanie Kern; Nora Leslie Kern Wilkens and husband, Jaxon; Ashton Kern Johnson and husband, Brandon; Gretchen Campbell and Savannah Campbell. Mom was blessed with ten great-grandchildren, Lillian and Campbell Heath; Owen and Hutson Garland; Loni-J. Kern; Tegan, Malachi and Clinon Johnson; and Lexington and Lincoln Wilkens.
She was “Aunt Nora” to many loved nieces and nephews. When they lost their mothers years ago, Nora became an “aunt-mom” to nieces, Soandra Campbell and Linda Hammons Zigos, and nephew, George Hammons. The family would like to give a special thanks to her caregiver Shannon Elliott.
A Celebration of Life Service for Nora Hammons Campbell will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Artemus First Baptist Church. Officiating will be Reverend Rick Partin and Reverend Steve Mayle.
Pallbearers are Bryon Ramsey, David Williams, Josh Ramsey, Jeffery Zigos, Jerry Boles, Ronnie Bolling, Tim Engel, Terry Miracle, and Barry Miracle. Honorary pallbearers are Richard Mills, Stanley Lawson, Sonny Lawson, Paul Baker, and Glen McDonald. Nora taught many of these men in her Beginners Sunday School Class. She will be buried beside her late husband at the Hammons Cemetery.
The Campbell family will receive friends at the Artemus First Baptist Church after 6:00 P.M. on Friday, and on Saturday after 11:00 A.M. and until the hour of service.
The family has ask that there be no flowers just donations to the Artemus First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 128, Artemus, KY 40903 in loving Memory of Nora Hammons Campbell.
Hopper Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.