Obits: Susan Steele Campbell

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 22, 2014

Susan Edmonia Steele Campbell of Harmony died on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at her residence.

She was the daughter of the late Claude L. and Mary Jane Steele, born in Iredell County on Jan. 27, 1919. She was educated in Iredell County Public Schools, and received her early Christian education at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Harmony. She later moved her membership to First Baptist Church in Harmony, where she was a charter member and served as mother of the church. She was a deaconess and financial secretary for more than 30 years. She served as Sunday School teacher, secretary of Sunday School, and assistant superintendent. She was the president of the Missionary Ministry and Worship Chair, and was a member of the vocal, gospel, and women’s choirs. She was a member of the Willing Workers Senior Ministry, and an honorary member of the kitchen committee. She was the president of the usher board ministry, assistant district worker of the ladies auxiliary, and assistant secretary of ICMU. She was the North Iredell Community secretary, and a member of the NAACP. She is on the Mountain and Catawba Missionary Wall of Fame. She was a domestic worker, and worked at the Harmony School. She retired from Piedmont Garment Co. 

She was married to the late Deacon Otto Columbus Campbell. Also preceding her in death: 5 children, Charles O. Campbell, Cleve E. Campbell, Mary F. Tolliver, the Rev. James C. Campbell, and Doris J. Smith; 4 brothers, Leon Steele, Henry Steele, Clinnie Steele, and Fred Steele; 4 sisters, Cordia Steele, Ester Vines, Genevieve Morrison, and Lottie Carson. 

Survivors: 2 daughters, Ellen E. Campbell of Harmony and Scarlette M. Campbell of the home; 2 sons, the Rev. Ray N. (Mary) Campbell of Greensboro and Tilton W. (Diane) Campbell Sr. of Statesville; a sister, Ann McKee of Baltimore, Md.; a brother, Billy R. Steele of Harmony; a daughter-in-law, Sandra Campbell of Harmony; a son-in-law, Ellsworth Tolliver of Harmony; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends. 

Her funeral service was held on Sunday, May 18 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Harmony. The Rev. Jeffrey Miller officiated and burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends at the church one hour before the service. 

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