John McInnis Campbell, age 71, of Houston died Tuesday in the Bay Shore Medical Center in Pasedena following a lengthy illness.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Weedon/Macedonia Cemetery with the Rev. Benny M. Allcorn officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Early.

He was born Sept. 23, 1936, in Houston, the son of the late Tom Melvin and Ella Mae Campbell. He grew up in the Houston area but spent many of his summers and holidays in Brown County. He attended Texas A&M and was a retired tow boat captain for over 20 years and became known to many as “Captain John.” He was a proud and lifelong Democrat and enjoyed the simple pleasures of life such as barbequing, cooking, crabbing, fishing and taking road trips. He was always quick with a joke and will be remembered as a kind, compassionate, and generous man who always opened his heart and home to family and friends in need.

He is survived by his wife of over 30 years, Maria “Lorre” Campbell; his daughter, Colleen Searcy and her husband Billy and step-daughter Crystal; six grandchildren, Tristen, Caleb, Kyle, Jordan, Ashley and Kaitlyn; and four great-grandchildren, Lane, Bethany, Lorelei and Becca; a brother, Tom Campbell and his wife Sam; and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.