FT. WALTON BEACH, Fla. — Bobbie Jean Campbell, a resident of Shalimar, Fla., for more than 35 years, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
Born and raised in Elizabethton, Tenn., she attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio for two years, before graduating with a B.S. degree at the University of Tennessee in June 1952. She was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. Two summer breaks were spent working at the Yellowstone National Park at the Old Faithful geyser cafeteria and then on to a city-owned playground in Washington, D.C. She was employed as a stewardess for Delta Airlines, starting in September 1952, and flew out of Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Miami.
Bobbie gave up her “single ladies only” job with Delta to marry Captain Robert “Soupy” Campbell in 1960. She spent the next 20 years being an Air Force homemaker and mother. They had two sons, Scott and Stuart. In 1980, she started driving a school bus for the Okaloosa County Florida school system, retiring in 2002. During this time she also volunteered at the Eglin Air Force Base thrift shop.
Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Viola Smith of Elizabethton, Tenn.; her sister, Evelee Hart of Sun City Center, Fla.; and her oldest son, Scott of Valrico, Fla.
She is survived by her husband, Soupy, of Shalimar, Fla.; son, Stuart and wife, Sue; and four grandchildren.
There will be no formal funeral service. Bobbie will be cremated and her ashes scattered in Choctawhatchee Bay. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Emerald Coast Funeral Home, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., (850) 864-3361.