In the early hours of March 30, 2018, BC Camp Sr. made his transition in Kingsport, TN. After struggling with numerous medical issues for over a decade and a half God called BC home after complications from a massive stroke earlier in the week.
BC was born on January 18, 1951 in Gafney, SC. He was the youngest of six children born to Bennie Camp and Ella Louise Huskey Camp. When he was in high school, he moved to stay with his aunt, Grace Watkins, in Johnson City, TN. He graduated from Science Hill High School and then enlisted in the Marines at age 18.
BC spent 3 years in the Marines followed by 23 years in the Army. His stations included Korea, Sogel, Germany, New York, Texas, South Carolina, Schweinfurt, Germany and Kansas. He retired as Sergeant First Class. When he retired from the military, BC enjoyed a short stint as a Chef for the Marriott organization.
BC met his wife, Veronica while helping a friend move at ETSU. They were married on his birthday, January 18, 1973.
BC was a true patriot who spent most of his adult life in service to others. He believed in hard work, discipline, and being direct. While he was a stern man, most who knew him would tell you he was also a kind man. He loved to smile and it was contagious. His jokes were not always appropriate, but always put a smile on your face. BC had the type of personality that made you want to engage. As a Mason and an Elk, BC believed in public service and giving back to his community. While he didn’t gravitate toward religion early in his life, he found the church in retirement. He was a member of the men’s choir at Central Baptist Church.
BC is preceded in death by his father and mother, Bennie and Ella Louise Camp; sisters, Anderson Camp and Macie “Peggy” Mayes; and brothers, Stanyard “Joe” Camp and Ronnie Camp.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Veronica Camp; children, BC Camp II, Kiwanna Kinchloe, Kimberly (Harold) Mathes; nephew, Ray (Marlena) Camp; his sister, Bennie Mae (John) Brice; niece, Ella “Pedie” Bonner; and special friend, Charles Robinson.
He also leaves 8 grandchildren, Briesha Camp, Ayleonna Camp, Savion Camp, BC Camp III (Tre’), Elijah Mathes, Kyra Stephens, Ayden Mathes, and Ava Mathes; one great-grandchild, Nicholas “Cole” Woodard II; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Services for Mr. Camp will be conducted Thursday April 5, 2018 at 12:30pm from Central Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 11:30 am until the hour of service.