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Michael “Animal” Campbell

Michael “Animal” Campbell, age 74, of Mena, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024, at his home surrounded by family. He was born on Friday, June 3, 1949, to Warren and Geraldine Lackey Campbell in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Michael was a fan of 1970’s rock music that invariably resonated from his workshop, a space where he would often be found amidst sawdust, schematics, and the scent of freshly cut wood. His love for Harley Davidson motorcycles was as deep as the rumble of their engines, and he found great pleasure in long, leisurely rides on open roads. An excellent craftsman, Michael’s abilities in carpentry were beyond compare. His passion for creation and repair was not limited to woodwork, as he was also a highly skilled mechanic. His family often lovingly referred to him as their “go-to fixer,” no problem was too big or too small for him.

Despite his disciplined nature, Michael was a man of innate softness and warmth, particularly in the presence of his family. He was incredibly fond of animals, and his home was a haven for any creature in need. His love for the outdoors was often channeled through his visits to Lake Ouachita, where he found tranquility in the act of fishing.

A graduate of Mena High School in 1967, he was a figure of great respect and honor within his community and church. He went on to proudly serve in the United States Navy and United States Army. After serving in the military, Michael went on to graduate from Henderson State University. Michael then had a distinguished career as an overseas contractor for the United States Military.

Known for his gentle soul, Michael was deeply involved in the local community. He was an active member of the Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 and Mountain Meadow Lodge #218. His devotion to Masonic principles was reflected in his ascension to Master Mason and his distinguished status as a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and York Rite Mason to the degree of Knights Templar. Among his impressive litany of accomplishments, Michael was a founding board member of the Shepherd’s Word Church in Mena.

Michael was an exceptionally devoted husband who cherished the strong family ties they cultivated together. Donna, his beloved, remained the cornerstone of his existence. Their shared years were adorned with travels and tender moments, where he consistently showered her with affection, be it through heartfelt expressions or tokens of love like flowers and heartfelt Valentine’s cards. Words fall short in encapsulating the depth of his love for Donna, yet his adoration for her and their grandchildren knew no bounds, emanating from the depths of his heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and son-in-law, Joel Campora.

He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Donna Campbell of Mena; one son and daughter-in-law, Morgan and Cindy Frachiseur of Gilham; his daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Michael Rutherford of Greenwood; one sister, Lynn Primm of Mena; six grandchildren, Dacie Campora, Bethany Campora, Cheyenne Rutherford, Joe Rutherford, Allen and Christy Lee, Megan and Clifford Randall; four great-grandchildren, Kix Lee, RJ Smith, Bristol Lee, Lakyen Randall; niece and nephew, Tonya Warrington and Art Warrington; and several very close friends and family.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 10:00 AM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Terry Fuquay officiating. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Scholarship Funds at the Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 at 701 Port Arthur Ave, Mena, AR 71953.

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