The Continuo Mourns
March 1, 1930 - December 25, 2016
Martha was born in Lake Village, AR, to Velna Rogers Campbell and Edward
Sebastian Campbell, both deceased, along with her brother Edward Rogers
Campbell and nephew Don Campbell. She is survived by her sister Su Campbell
McLain; nephew Mark McLain, his wife Lisa D. McLain, and their daughter
Marlee; niece Melissa McLain Terry, her husband, Jerry O. Terry, Jr., and
their children Sara Kathryn Terry and Owen Terry and Owen's wife, Jaycee
Padgett Terry - all of MS, and niece-in-law Cindy Morton Campbell, her
children Robbie Campbell and Ashlee Campbell Scott, and their families
- all of TX. Martha also leaves behind loving friends Marilyn and John
Disepo; Tyler Daniel, Landon Daniel, Amy Disepo Daniel, and other members
of the Disepo and Daniel families.
Martha graduated from Central High School in Jackson and then studied piano
and music education at Belhaven College. She taught school in Natchez, MS,
and later in TX and LA. She studied organ and later, on returning to MS,
studied music composition with Dr. Jimmy Sclater at MS College. She studied
pottery at Jackson State University and art education at Delta State
University. Martha served from 1992 to 2014 as organist at The Episcopal
Church of the Creator in Clinton; during this time she was also a member
of the American Guild of Organists.
Among her many artistic skills, she learned to make jewelry at Village Beads
and showered her friends and relatives with beautiful creations. She also
began painting pictures on her computer, telling the story of her childhood
in her paintings.
Martha's funeral was held at the Church of the Creator on Monday, January 2,
That church's celebration of the Eucharist on October 18, 2014, was dedicated
to Martha, who had served as organist and music director for 22 years, and
contributed much to the church's love for and appreciation of music and
liturgy. She purchased extensive service-music resources for the church, and
left a library of organ music that would be the envy any organist, anywhere.
In her honor, the adult choir sang two anthems Martha composed, "A Prayer
of St. Francis," and "When Jesus wept". The prelude was a recording of
Martha playing her own composition "Eternal Antiphon", recorded at a
recital she gave at Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson. This beautiful
piece was composed in 1989 in memory of her brother Edward Rogers, who died
in 1988. It is based on the first two letters of Edward's first name, E-D,
which is repeated in the bass throughout the piece.
- Glenn A. Gentry