Cathy Campbell receives Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award

Published 2:18 pm Monday, December 11, 2023

During the 102nd annual meeting of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, Cathy Campbell of Carter County was recognized for going above and beyond in her volunteer spirit to Tennessee Farm Bureau with the organization’s Distinguished Service Award.

“Our organization wouldn’t be over a century old without leadership, guidance, and countless hours of dedication from volunteer leaders,” said Tennessee Farm Bureau President Eric Mayberry. “We need to recognize individuals who devote so much to ensure our organization succeeds and Cathy is certainly deserving of this honor.”

Mrs. Cathy Campbell was the oldest of two children born to John and Helen Rominger of Elizabethton. Her father worked for Sperry Raytheon and she grew up in town with occasional visits to her grandparent’s farm. She graduated from Elizabethton High School in 1966 and attended Bob Jones University before working for the District Attorney’s office as an office assistant. She fell in love with a local farm boy, Bob Campbell, and they married in August of 1969. They had three children they raised on the farm and now have four grandchildren.

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The Campbells decided to start a dairy in 1974, and Cathy transitioned to working full-time on the farm. The family continued the dairy for several years and today still has a cow-calf operation. Along with their dedication to their farm and family, they’ve always maintained their faith in their church, where Cathy is a charter member of the East River Park Christian Church. In 1988, Cathy was first elected to the Carter County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. She had been active with the Farm Bureau Women and because of her clear leadership qualities, she was elected county president in 1990 and remained there until 2019.

Mrs. Cathy Campbell’s health has declined in the past year, but her spirit remains strong because of her continued commitment to her church, her family and her long-time service to Farm Bureau, and now her name is added as a recipient of the organization’s highest honor, the distinguished service award.

“Mrs. Campbell is to be commended for devoting so much of her life to the Farm Bureau mission of working to improve agriculture and rural life in Tennessee, and we congratulate her and her family on this special honor,” said Mayberry.