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James Allen Campbell

October 3, 1985 — May 17, 2023

James Allen Campbell passed away May 17, 2023. A memorial service to honor James will be Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 5:00pm at Grace Gardens Funeral Home.

James Allen Campbell was born in Waco, Texas. He has one younger brother, Shelby Campbell, who is one year, two months younger. He also has one older brother on his Mother's side, Adam Hamilton, who is 47 years old. He and his brother Shelby grew up in Waco and went to Midway elementary - high school. James graduated from Midway high school in 2004.  While in high school, during summers and after school, he worked as an assistant orthodontic lab technician for Dr. Michael Collins practice. James's Mother, Carol Allen Campbell, also graduated from Midway high school (1979). Carol has worked at Dr. Collins office for 32 years as an orthodontic lab technician. James' father, James Harol Campbell, graduated from Waco high school (1979) James is a house painter who worked for, his father, Lonnie Campbell & Son Painting.

James continued his education starting at North Texas University in Denton, studying music & audio engineering. He then tranferred to Texas State University in San Marcus where he graduated with a Bachlor of Applied Science in Sound Recording Technology in 2016.  That is where he met Jack Chisenhall.

In Jack's words: "I lost a brother.  My friend James was an incredible Engineer.  He was also a great producer and guitar player.  The people who got to know him found all that out pretty quickly.  James and I met at Texas State in a program called The Sound Recording Technology program.

Little did we know, this was going to start a 15 year long creative journey that led to us accomplishing some of our biggest hopes and dreams. During our time in college we spent most of our time recording in Fire station studios.  We met Aris Pouncey at this time who was attending Texas state as well and he was a kindred spirit so he joined our team. If the studio was booked up we would find a space and setup our own recording equipment.  Nothing could stop us from doing what we wanted to do and recording what we wanted to record. James, Aris and I were a team and we wrote a lot of songs together.

In 2016 after graduating from Texas state James and I started working on building a recording studio in San Antonio.  It took us over 3 years to design and build with master mind and our mentor Chet Himes.  James and I went through thick and thin building and operating Cibolo Studios. It was not easy at all but we could not have done it without each other.

He was my very good friend and we both grew a lot together. We were brothers. Partnerships are never easy but I think we did the best we could. I’m thankful I got to spend one last time with him right before he left us. We talked about the future of the business and when the next session was going to be. He was in very good spirits. So until we meet again, James. I love you, brother."

In 2019, James became a father to a precious baby girl named Bridgette. He loved being a father and he was a great one. He and Bridgette had that special kind of love that only fathers and daughters share.

James was loved by so many and will be greatly missed.

James is survived by his Mother, Carol Jean Allen Campbell; his father, James Harol Campbell; his brother, Shelby Ray Campbell; half brother, Adam Hamilton; Aunt, Janeen Allen Long, her husband, Ted Long; Uncle, Randy Blackwell; cousins Ray Blackwell & Jean Blackwell; Uncle Jim Sharp; cousin, Monica Rodriguez Lukinbill; cousin, Johnny Joe Rodriguez; Aunt Barbara Allinbloom; Uncle Bobby Stevens; cousin, Seasha Stevens; Aunt, Janice Campbell Gilman; Uncle Johnny Gilman; cousins, Malory Gilman Liden & Dalton Gilman.

He was preceeded in death by his Grandfather, Dr. John Ray Allen, DDS; Aunt, Mari Allen Sharp; Uncle, Johnny Rincon Rodriguez; Grandfather Lonnie Campbell; Grandmother, Wanda Campbell; Uncle, Gary Campbell.

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Saturday, June 3, 2023

Starts at 5:00 pm (Central time)

Chapel of Grace Gardens Funera Home, Waco, Woodway

8220 Woodway Drive, Woodway, TX 76712

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