Dick Campbell of Arab died Tuesday, May 18, 2021. He was my father and a great friend to many.

He was a great storyteller, spending many hours enthralling his family with tales of his adventures with his brothers and friends.

He was born in Albertville on Jan. 30, 1926, to a family of seven children – five boys and two girls.

Dad always said that by the time he was born, his parents, Lewis and Beulah Campbell, had run out of good names and did not name him immediately.

He was finally named Dick (no middle name, not short for Richard, just Dick).

When he was 4 or 5, so he told it, he lobbied his parents to rename him a name which he came up with and was partial to – Featherwig.

His parents were not partial to Featherwig, however.

His early childhood was in the midst of the Great Depression. He grew up in a musical family.

Several of his older brothers formed a country and western band called The Rhythm Rangers, and they went on the road, playing at various venues, finally making an appearance on the world-famous The Grand Ole Opry.

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