HAMPTON - Myles Christopher Campbell, who came into our lives on July 19th 1994, fought his last fight on January 9th following a life filled with love and smiles. His final days were spent surrounded by his mom and dad and his Miss Fawn West, who provided him love, companionship, friendship and comfort. Myles' life was too short, but those who were blessed by knowing him understood that quality of life far exceeds quantity. Myles' dimpled smile would melt the heart of anyone around him and though he never spoke, his voice and thoughts were always heard. Although Myles' medical condition made him appear fragile, he possessed strength, perseverance and an ability to overcome incredible odds and physical challenges. He was our fighter, the light of our lives, our son. With his smile and love, he led us always to believe that each day is a gift and an opportunity to create lasting memories. He could spend hours in his chair and bed, and traveling around in his van to many places. He loved to travel by car and go shopping with mom and dad and Miss Fawn and smiled constantly when riding. He enjoyed baths, being in the company of family (which he was constantly), noisy places, going to school, music and movies. He loved watching those silly TV shows with his dad in the evenings, which he always smiled and sometimes even belly laughed. With Myles' passing, we remind everyone that his life is one to be celebrated. Although we will miss him dearly every day, especially that dimpled smile, he remains forever in our hearts and minds. From his presence in our lives we were able to create wonderful memories and it has been our privilege and honor to be his parents. We are thankful that Myles' brother Jacob got to know his big brother for many years so he can hold dear the memory of his brother's gentle spirit. Myles leaves behind many wonderful caregivers that provided love and support and enhanced his quality of life. There is a special place in our hearts for his best friend, caregiver and nurse, his Miss Fawn. Because of her constant love and support, Myles was able to survive and overcome some of his toughest challenges. He will be dearly missed by all those whose lives he touched. All of these special people, too numerous to mention, provided Myles with love and dignity in his life and also in his passing. Thank you all very much. Myles is survived by his loving parents, Anna and Chris Campbell and brother Jacob Campbell of Hampton; maternal grandmother Betty DiRaimo and uncle Brian Kersey of Newport News; aunt Karen Dougherty of Hampton; and his cousins Ben Dougherty of Charleston SC and Erin Dougherty of Newport News. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Clyde and Nora Campbell of Hampton; uncle Mark Kersey of Hampton; maternal grandfather Myles Kersey of Goodland, KS and his step grandfather Carmine DiRaimo of Newport News. Visiting hours will be from 1pm to 2pm at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News on Monday, January 16th with a memorial service to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Myles' name can be made to: The King's Daughters, 601 Children's Lane, 2nd Floor, Norfolk, VA 23507, or online at https://www.chkd.org/Support-Us/Donate/ .
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