Charles Bruce Campbell, 64, of Salem, VA, succumbed to a lengthy illness on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Bruce was the first born son of Pat and Wyatt Campbell in Greenville, Mississippi. He was preceded in death by his father and brother Michael. He is survived by his mother, brother James, daughter Jessa, three grandsons, numerous step-children and step-grandchildren, and other treasured relatives.
Bruce also leaves behind his dedicated wife, Billie, who along with many others in his life became mesmerized by his gorgeous blue eyes and charming personality. He was a handsome, romantic and loving gentleman. They shared countless funny, sad, and thought provoking experiences. She cherishes every moment they had together.
Bruce travelled with his military family throughout most of his childhood and graduated from Kubasaki High School in Okinawa, Japan, where he acquired innumerable life-long friends. He loved cooking and scuba diving.
After faith, family, and friends, music was Bruce’s great love. Pals from his early years as a member of various bands recall his loyalty and dedication to his craft. He was a talented self-taught guitarist, piano player and master of other instruments. After service in the Army in the early 1970’s, Bruce moved to Florida, where he launched a thirty-four year career as a professional musician-guitarist, harmonica player and singer. In 2004, he returned to Salem, VA to help care for his parents. There, he met Billie Reid with whom he fell deeply in love and later married.
Memories of his kindness, courage, sense of humor, and integrity transcend the loss of this authentic, charismatic person. He touched many lives in countless ways. Particularly, his friendship with Mark, Wes, Steve, Renny, Mario, Sherry, Billy, Lois, Claudia, and Kenny provided depth to his life. He also had a special fondness for his Medi Home Health nurse, Jen.
The family invites you to attend a celebration of Bruce’s life that is planned for 4 – 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Lotz Funeral Home in Salem, VA.