John M. Camp Jr.

Published 9:44 am Friday, August 12, 2011

FRANKLIN—John Madison Camp Jr., 92, of Franklin, Va., died on August 11, 2011, in Wilmington, N.C.

Born July 8, 1919, in Wallace, N.C., “Jack” lived most of his life in Franklin, where he worked for Camp Manufacturing Co., which later became Union Camp Corporation.

After holding various positions, including being Assistant Treasurer and subsequently becoming Building Products Manager, Jack retired in 1983.

Jack graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1940 as a Second Lieutenant with a B.S. in Chemistry. He then earned an M.B.A. from Babson College while also taking aviation lessons.

In 1941, Jack joined the U.S. Air Force, and his first postings were as an aviation instructor. He volunteered to serve abroad and was stationed in India for the duration of the war, ending his service as a Captain.

Jack was married to Jean Stafford until her death in 1983.

Jack is survived by his wife, Rachel Cameron, to whom he was married for 22 years; his sister, Olive Camp Johnson; and his four children, Sharon Camp Carter, Jean Camp Harrell, John Madison Camp III and Robert Hill Camp. In addition, he had eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three stepchildren.

Jack had a great passion for his faith, his country and his family, and was a lifelong member of Franklin Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon and Chairman of the Deacon Board.

He had a deep interest in philanthropy and served on the Camp Family Foundations for many years. He took great pleasure in woodworking and bird hunting, as well as riding and was a member of Rancheros Visitadores.

Jack served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Virginia National Bank Board, the Industrial Commission for the City of Franklin, and the Southern Forest Pine Association of which he was President.

VMI was a great influence in Jack’s life, and he served on and was President of VMI’s Board of Trustees. He was a member of The Marshall Foundation for twenty years. For his interest and involvement in VMI, Jack was awarded their Distinguished Service Award.

Funeral services will be held at the Franklin Baptist Church on August 13, 2011, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Poplar Spring Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Wright Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Franklin Baptist Church or to the VMI Foundation.