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Sunday April 11th, 2021
2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Timothy Linn Campbell

Timothy Linn Campbell, 80, of Sylva, passed away in the early morning hours Thursday March 25, 2021.

Born October 25, 1940 to the late Bert D. and Lucille Linn Campbell, Tim lived a wonderful life. He was a graduate of Oregon State University, where he played basketball and competed in the Final Four Basketball Tournament in 1963. Tim enjoyed the outdoors; he particularly enjoyed fishing in Alaska, where he shared his love of fishing with all his children and grandchildren.

In March of 1995, Timothy L. Campbell, along with Jeffrey Murphy and Bank of America Capital Investors, purchased Tenneco Packaging’s recycled medium mill in Sylva and renamed it Jackson Paper Manufacturing Company. As owner and CEO of Jackson Paper, Tim had the responsibility over operations, machine maintenance, process engineering and project development. It was also his influence that created the family-oriented culture and atmosphere of team work that has defined Jackson Paper for more than two and half decades. A man of commanding presence, with a booming voice, direct gaze and firm handshake, he was, despite his position as the owner of this company, approachable and down-to-earth, and he not only knew his employees by name, he would ask about their family members by name as well.  When he bought the mill, he expanded the benefit offerings and created new benefit programs for his employees (such as a matching 401k plan and more)—taking care of his people was his top priority.

Tim’s influence resonated throughout Jackson County. He would encourage his employees to follow his lead in taking part in charitable endeavors, and as a result numerous individuals and organizations have felt a positive impact from Jackson paper and its employees. Under his guidance, the paper mill was a top fundraising team for Jackson County Relay for Life, to benefit the American Cancer Society. Scholarships were paid out to his employees’ children through a private program in the mill. A Scholarship, the Timothy and Emily Campbell Endowed Scholarship Fund, has provided support to Western Carolina University students who demonstrate financial need is also in place. There are numerous donations, to local schools,  fire and police departments, rescue squads, little league, high school sports, ministries and charitable organizations that have all benefited from the kindness and generosity of Jackson Paper. He encouraged endeavors such as planting trees, river clean ups and picking up litter off the sides of the roads. There is no denying the impact Tim had on others in his community and it was significant.  He made a difference in a lot of ways and we are all better off for the role he played in our community. Tim truly loved and respected all his employees at Jackson Paper.

In addition to his parents, Tim was also preceded in death by his brother; Dr. Bert Campbell

Tim is survived by his wife of 26 years Emily Y. Campbell

His children; Roger (Ann) Campbell, Cate Thompson, Scott (Jennifer) Stafford, Shaw (Christy) Stafford

Jerri Ann Stafford (Keith)

Many wonderful grandchildren

His sister Mary (Pam) Campbell

Numerous nieces and nephews also survive

The family will receive friends between 11:00AM - 2:00PM, on Sunday, April 11, 2021, at Appalachian Funeral Services, Sylva NC.  A Memorial Service to Honor and Celebrate the Life of Tim will follow at 2:00 PM.

Mandatory masks and social distancing required.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Skyland Care Center, Att: Activity Fund, 193 Asheville Hwy, Sylva, NC 28779 or to United Christian Ministries of Jackson County, 191 Skyland Dr, Sylva, NC 28779.

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Dear Emily and Family, Yesterday I was at the mill and learned of Tim's passing. I am so sorry. I had known Tim when I worked at Valmet and when he and Jeff purchased the Sylva mill. He gave me the first real break in 2001 when we started our business. Tim had an excellent business mind and was a very direct man. I will miss that guy. My sincerest condolences to you and your family. Sincerely, Harry Heise Specialty Coating Solutions

Harry Heise Apr 17 2021 12:00 AM

Tim and I first met in 1980, then had an interesting experience at Southwest Forest, then multiple times and multiple cicumstances since. He was always honest, always direct and always ready if advice was requested. You had a good and respectful ride my friend and helped many along the way. Fred Thompson

Fred Thompson Apr 3 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Emily and family , I think of a moto that certainly applies to Tim. Leave this world, a little better than you found it ,he sure did that ! A lot better and for this community for sure . Thank you Tim ! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. David Preston

David Preston Mar 29 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Timothy Campbell

David Preston Mar 29 2021 12:00 AM

Mark & I are saddened to learn of Tim's passing. He was a warm, generous and upstanding member of the western NC community and he will be missed greatly. Susan & Mark Swanger, Clyde, NC

Susan Swanger Mar 28 2021 12:00 AM

Emily I am very sorry to hear about Tims passing. Tim was a great friend more so than a boss to me. I have many fond memories of working with Tim on all those large paper projects we worked on together. Were keeping you and your family in our prayers

Tom Wong Mar 28 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Timothy Campbell

Tom Wong Mar 28 2021 12:00 AM

Our prayers are with you during your time of loss. The Lord is watching over you and will give you the strength you need to face the days ahead, the peace you need to quiet your soul, and the comfort you need to carry you through your time of sorrow. With deepest sympathy, Buddy & Tamara Jacobs

Tamara Jacobs Mar 26 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Timothy Campbell

Tamara Jacobs Mar 26 2021 12:00 AM

My sweet Grandpa, you will be missed.

Lacey Stafford Mar 25 2021 12:00 AM

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