La'Shon Smith-Campbell, 69, entered into Eternal Rest on Saturday, February 15th 2020.
She was born March 18th, 1950 to the late Nathaniel Smith Sr. and Charlie Mae Smith-Brown at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta Georgia.
La'Shon attended High School in Toul, France and moved to Akron in 1970 where she completed her education and began to make her personal stamp in Ohio. As a young mother she lived a “life of service”; as she served many terms as both PTA President, and President of the Booster Club for the Firestone Park Rams Youth Football League. She worked and served in various capacities over the course of 20 years in local social club establishments, whether it was the Helping Hand, American Legion, Post 272, Mahogany Lounge and or the Elks Lodge. She often told her customers "I may not know your name, but I know your drink," She was always known for her classy yet sassy demeanor, and those famous finger waves. In the 90’s La’Shon eventually decided to solely focus on her career in the retail business. For the next 28+ years her life of service continued. She began working at Finest, then Tops, and ended at Giant Eagle. Our Mom literally worked up until her dying day. We are so proud of how she also became known as the "Go-To Union Rep" for the UFCW Local 880, and at the time of her death she held the position of Vice President of the Executive Union Board.
When La’Shon gave her life to Christ, she was in her mid-50’s. Yet that didn't detour her from continuing her life's legacy of servant hood. After she became a member of The Arlington Church of God she "hit the floor running" and became an active member and never looked back. She served on several committees; such as but not limited to: Women In Motion, Celebrate Recovery, Greeter, Nursery Worker, Security Team, YEPAW volunteer, member of the Friday morning Senior Bible Study, a member of the Sunday School Class, she was a Nursery Worker, and a volunteer for YEPAW. She also volunteered outside of ACOG , she worked alongside Celina Flunoy with Love Inc. When asked why she was a part of just about everything she said "I wasn't a punk in these streets therefore, I'm not going to be a punk in the Lord!"
La'Shon was welcomed into Heaven with open arms by her Father, Mother, Brothers Nathaniel Smith Jr, Stanley Smith and Sister Angela Smith. La'Shon was a beloved Mother Daughter, Sister, Auntie, and Friend and took great pride and joy most of all as "NaNa.” She will be remembered and cherished forever by her Children; Thomas (Angela) Brown Jr, Wilson (Kimberly) Campbell III, La'Shon (Jeffrey) Rose, and Adrian "Dee-Dee" Campbell. Eighteen Grandchildren; Britney (Joe) Pollen, Nic Brown, Aliyah Brown, Brandon (Tomeka) Campbell, Taneshia Campbell, London Campbell, Kamesha Roberson, Wilson Campbell IV, Bre'onna Campbell, Kayla Roberson, J'Michael Loll, Kobe Campbell, Jahnei Campbell, Stephine Robinson, Sharelle Robinson, Paris Rose, Alexis Robinson, and Ashley Byrd. Stepfather Thomas Brown Sr. Siblings; Jerome (Brenda) Smith of Alpharetta, Georgia, Greg and Jay Smith of Cocoa Florida, and Nakia(Kwesi) Corn of Akron, Ohio. Nieces and Nephews; Melynda Miller, Sherard Smith, Shelton Smith Sr, Nicole Jones, Nathaniel Smith III, Kyle Smith, Jerome (Bethany) Smith, Keedon Smith, April Smith, Kayla (Hussam) Hafidi. Daryl (Faith) Slayter, Delta Miles, Vera Miles, Stanley (Lil Stan) Watts, Katona (Ivan) Young, and Chanel Smith. Spiritual Mother, Cleo Myricks of Akron, Ohio, Friend first, Sister forever Doris W Smith of Salisbury, N Carolina. Brother from another Mother Reggie (Aunt Sis) Pryor and Friend until the end Carolyn Clay of Akron, Ohio, Special cousins Phyllis "Phil-Pop" Sadler of Akron Ohio and Sharon Brooks of San Jose, California. Bonus Children; Melvin Leathers Jr, Rodney (Patricia) Leathers, Mark Leathers, Jeanmela Murry, Sylk Johnson, Gary (Kim) Harwell, and Kenny Sharpe.
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