George Worth Campbell, Jr.

September 3, 2018

CHARLOTTE – George Worth Campbell, Jr. died peacefully September 3, 2018, surrounded by family and friends. Born in High Point, NC on August 27, 1940 to his parents, George Worth Campbell, Sr. and Katie Lee McLean Campbell, George attended the McCallie School in Chattanooga before graduating cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar, member of Phi Beta Kappa, president of the student honor court, and a member of many honorary societies. He also served in the United States Coast Guard. George earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and began a long career in banking, beginning with two years in Manhattan, where he met the love of his life, Barbara Griffin. George and Barbara moved to Charlotte in 1967 when George began work for NCNB, which would later become Bank of America. During his more than three decades at the bank, George opened NCNB’s first international office in London and managed other operations, including Commodities and Agribusiness, Private Banking, and Community Reinvestment. Following his retirement, George served as Chairman and CEO of Jamestown’s Oakdale Cotton Mills. He also served as Treasurer of Walkabout Press, a small publishing company he built with his son, Malcolm Campbell. George was active at Myers Park Baptist Church, where he was a Deacon and where he promoted his long-standing dedication to fellowship and social justice. He served many non-profit organizations in the Charlotte area. He was a lifetime board member for the Community School of the Arts, a member for the Lakewood Community Development Corporation board, and a driving force behind the creation of McCreesh Place, a supportive housing facility for people who are homeless.

 A genuine, wise, and kind man, George wielded a keen intellect, quick wit, and a genuine interest in considering all sides of divisive issues. Known for his humility, warmth and graciousness, George will be missed by all those whose lives he touched, especially his Tuesday men’s lunch group, his Bible Workbench class, and other dear friends with whom he ate weekly.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Griffin Campbell; sons, Malcolm Worth Campbell and his wife, Lauren, of Charlotte, and Duncan Griffin Campbell and his wife, Kim Brown Campbell, of Missoula, Montana. He also leaves behind three grandsons of whom he was exceptionally proud: McLean, Elliott, and William Campbell.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, September 7 at Myers Park Baptist Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at a reception in the church’s Heaton Hall. Memorials can be made to the Community School of the Arts, Urban Ministry Center, and/or Myers Park Baptist Church.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at


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  • Marsha Sherry

    Dearest Bobbie, Malcolm and Duncan,
    I just recently learned of George's passing. Many loving memories of George and you all are flooding back. It's been so very long since we saw each other often. I regret that that. George was a kind and brilliant man, and reading his obituary today, I bow in honor of him and his many cts of compassionate he offered to people in need.
    I hold each of you deep in my heart...always.

  • Stevi Slate Dozier

    I grew up in High Point with George. We were special friends at twelve/thirteen; I wish I had saved his letters from McCallie. H e was smart, funny and a really nice young man. After going to LSU for my first two college years, I lost touch with George. He did not visit High Point very often. It was a real joy to read in the obituary that he had a wonderful, productive life and a most successful marriage. With sincere sympathy, Stevi Dozier

  • Karen Pettis

    I had the pleasure of volunteering at the Urban ministry center front desk on Thursday mornings while George served in the mail room with Linda and Diane. He was a witty gentleman and very knowledgeable, and I'll miss him. Such humility he showed for a wonderful lifetime of prestigious work and service. Karen Pettis