William Walter Campbell Sr

5 August 1923–5 December 2003 (Age 80)
San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, United States

The Life of William Walter

When William Walter Campbell Sr was born on 5 August 1923, in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, United States, his father, Walter Campbell, was 20 and his mother, Nellie Irene Ferry, was 19. He married Ethel Mae Shaw on 2 June 1942, in Amarillo, Potter, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, United States in 1930 and Justice Precinct 6, Bexar, Texas, United States in 1940. He died on 5 December 2003, in Temple, Bell, Texas, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, United States.

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William Walter Campbell Sr
Ethel Mae Shaw
Marriage: 2 June 1942
Judith Ann Campbell

Spouse and Children

2 June 1942
Amarillo, Potter, Texas, United States


Parents and Siblings


    Nellie Irene Ferry





    Albert John Campbell


    Marjorie Fern Campbell



    Beulah Faith Campbell


+3 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 4

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1929 · The Great Depression Arrives

Age 6

Like most of the country, the economy of Texas suffered greatly after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Thousands of city workers were suddenly unemployed and relied on a variety of government relief programs; unemployed Mexican citizens were required to take one-way bus tickets to Mexico.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 21

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish: nickname from Gaelic cam ‘crooked’, ‘bent’ + beul ‘mouth’. The surname was often represented in Latin documents as de bello campo ‘of the fair field’, which led to the name sometimes being ‘translated’ into Anglo-Norman French as Beauchamp .2 In New England documents, Campbell sometimes occurs as a representation of the French name Hamel .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William Campbell in household of Walter Campbell, "United States Census, 1940"
  • William Campbell in household of Walter Campbell, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William W Campbell in entry for William Walter Campbell and Althea Gay Ramsey, "Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988"

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