They struck a friendship, and Carter's so-called race to the record never entered the conversation.
"We never really talked about that," Carter said. "He was always so congratulatory when I did things well, whether it was the State Am, the [U.S.] Mid-Am or the U.S. Am. He would write me a letter telling me, 'Good luck.'
"He was such a gentleman; he acknowledged good play from other golfers."
His contributions to the community reached far beyond his insurance business. He was a director of five different companies in his life and served as president of the Marshall University Foundation, among many other functions. He served in the Legislature from 1948-51.
But he made his name on an international scale in the world of golf. His message was simple: Golf is a game of manners, relationships, dignity and respect.
Campbell remained in relatively good health until his recent illness. He lived long enough to see the PGA Tour come to his beloved Old White course on the Greenbrier grounds. Campbell played thousands of rounds there, and played more than a few with Snead, the all-time Tour winner and Greenbrier club pro.
As Justice tells it, Tour officials were planning to hold the Greenbrier Classic on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Greenbrier course, which hosted the 1979 Ryder Cup. Justice offered to combine some holes of the Old White if the Greenbrier track proved too short.
By chance, the visiting Tour officials wanted to make a quick tour around Old White after lunch.
As if magically guided by Snead and Campbell, those officials loved the old course. "They said, 'Are you kidding me?'" Justice recalled. "'You don't need to change a thing.'
"They saw what Bill Campbell saw, and what Sam Snead saw. That made it really special - not just the tournament being here, but the tournament being at Old White."
You could call that one more legacy left by William Cammack Campbell.
Funeral plans are incomplete, but the service is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Lewisburg.
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