Roy T. Campbell, Jr.

Roy T. Campbell Jr.
2008 Honorary Alumni

Through his many years of service to the legal community and the region at large Roy T. Campbell, Jr. has worked many long hours throughout his life, but he does not plan on settling down and retiring anytime soon. Campbell was born in Newport, Tennessee on August 8, 1927. He grew up in Newport with his mother, Polly Vance Brittain and father Roy T. Campbell, Sr.  Roy Campbell, Sr. was an alumnus of East Tennessee Normal School, graduating in the class of 1917, where he was the President of his Senior Class and played basketball.

Campbell, Jr. had an older brother, Albert Mayfield Campbell, who was an ETSU student, but also gave his life in service to our country in the Air Force.

Campbell served in the United States Armed Forces in 1946 and then went on to pursuit his education at the University of Tennessee, where he completed his law degree in December 1950.

In 1951, the young man opened his private practice, Campbell & Hooper, in Newport where he continues to practice law today. Campbell also began practicing law in the Supreme Court of Tennessee in March of that same year, followed by practicing law in the United States District Court Eastern Division of Tennessee. In 1962, Campbell went to the Court of Appeals. Not one to rest on his laurels, Campbell decided to seek another avenue to serve the public—politics. In 1983, he was elected to the Tennessee Senate in the 93rd General Assembly.

Campbell also worked as a city attorney in Newport part time from 1963 to 1992. He served on the Board of Directors for Merchants & Planters Bank for several years and currently serves on the Federal Defender Services for East Tennessee where he has been a board member since 1964. Campbell also served as the former chairman of the Board of Directors for the Newport Utilities Board and the chairman for the Union Cemetery and Community Cemetery. In his spare time he also served on the administrative board for the First United Methodist Church and served on the Cocke County Republican Executive Committee. Campbell was a former member of the Cocke County Bar Association and is currently a member of the Lions Club since 1953. Campbell was selected as the “Lion of the Year” in 1980-1981. Campbell is a member of the East Tennessee State University President’s Trust, the Legacy Circle and is a Foundation Member.

There is an established endowment by Roy T. Campbell, Jr. in memory of his father, Roy T. Campbell, Sr. and in memory of his brother, Albert M. Campbell. This endowment is to provide assistance to deserving ETSU students.

Roy Campbell, Jr. has made many distinguished accomplishments in his life, he is known for his honesty, integrity and professionalism. Roy Campbell, Jr. continues with his passion today, practicing law in Newport. He has one daughter Sherry Campbell.

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