In Loving Memory

John Gray Cameron

June 24, 1941 - July 30, 2020

Tribute

John Gray Cameron, 79, a native of Sumter County, Alabama and a resident of Belforest, Alabama, passed away at his home on Thursday, July 30, 2020.

John attended the University of Alabama and graduated in June 1963 with a degree in Journalism.  He immediately enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and served on active duty at Camp Lejeune, N.C.  After serving the in the Marine Corps, John spent most of his life working in newspapers or teaching Journalism at the University of Alabama.  He owned several publications, including The Independent (Baldwin County), Sumter County Journal, Pickens Count Advertiser and Findahome real estate magazines.  He served as sports editor of the Mobile Press-Register for 10 years and published two books on Alabama and Auburn football.  John taught journalism at the University of Alabama, University of South Alabama, Spring Hill College and the University of Mobile.  John won numerous writing awards through the years and was named Journalist of the Year for the State by the Alabama Press Association in 1971, while serving as editor and publisher of The Onlooker in Foley.

While he accomplished a lot during his professional career, his true love was for his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and Alabama football.  Our fondest memories of him will always consist of trip to the “junk store”, playing the piano and dancing in the living room, riding horseback in Sumter County, fishing with his boys and of course, watching Alabama football.

John was preceded in death by his grandson, Christopher Samuel Ferguson; brothers, Hugh “Sonny” Cameron and Major “Bubber” Cameron; and his parents, Sara Meek Cameron and Hugh Cameron.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Judy Tucker Cameron; children, John (Elizabeth) Cameron, Joseph (Paula) Cameron, Juliana (Scott) Ferguson, Jennifer (Ben) Alley; grandchildren, Tabitha Cameron Woodard (Ken), Sara Rose Ferguson (Marc Newton), Tyler Cameron, Taylor Cameron, Christian Ferguson, Anna Grace Ferguson, Magdalene Alley, Moses Alley, Saul Alley; great-grandchildren, Riley Kate Woodard, Carter Levi Woodard; sister, Sara Elizabeth Peppenhorst and many other family members and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, August 3, 2020 at Silverhill Cemetery, 22875 County Road 49, Silverhill, AL 36576 at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials donations be made to Robertsdale United Methodist Church, 22220 AL-59, Robertsdale, AL 36567.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com.  Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is handling service arrangements for the family.

15 Comments

  1. Linda Gulledge

    I was very sad to here of John’s passing this morning from my son Robby. Judy my thoughts & prayers are with you & your family during this difficult season.♥️🙏

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  2. Pamela Hancock

    I have not seen you in so many years, but it seems like yesterday. You laugh, your smile and your love was enough. I still laugh at the thought of you blocking the TV during Alabama games and everyone laughing at you. You would put us up on horses… Snowfire was my favorite. We would fish in your pond… and the camping at lake Holala were great memories. My mom and dad loved you so much… like a brother. Tell them I miss them when you see them. Thank you for singing at my wedding during the last Alabama-Tennessee game we lost. You were listening to the game during our wedding. I look forward to seeing you again in Heaven! If Mom is singing next to you… let her sing and you play that piano!

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  3. Marie Gonzalez

    Sounds like a remarkable man! From what I see of the few family members that I am privileged to know, he surely made an incredible contribution to this world and leaves a great legacy behind. My condolences and prayers are with your family.

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  4. Judy Arrington Matlock

    So sorry to heard of John Gray’s death. Judy and the entire family him be in my prayers. Judy Arrington Matlock

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  5. Grace Watkins

    I am so sorry to hear that Mr Cameron passed away. I have many fond memories of you, Mrs Cameron and him! May God give you peace.

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  6. Sandra Price (cousin)

    So sorry to hear this news. I used to spend time with John Gray and Sara Elizabeth at their home in Warsaw in the late 40’s and early 50’s. His Mom, Sarah, taught us to get on our knees to say our prayers every night. Such wonderful memories even though it’s been at least 10 years since we were together last. Judy, we met briefly. Bob and I send our condolences to you and yours. God bless you all.

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  7. Anne Boggess Saint

    I’m so sad to read this. I loved John and your whole family! He was the best college teacher and best newspaperman. I learned so much from him. He was so compassionate and fair and honest. Some of the best years of my life were working with him at The Independent especially during and after Hurricane Frederic! Love to you all!

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  8. NELDA SCHULTZ

    John Cameron did more positive good for Baldwin Co than most will ever know, but he did not seek fame. He quietly wrote his Onlooker column & pursued truth; a rarity, for sure! He was a quiet warrior who used “the power of his pen” to help transform Baldwin Co into the place it has become. RIP, John, you were a loyal friend & I cherish our shared memories.

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  9. Mark Mayfield

    So sorry to hear of John Cameron’s death. He was an excellent journalism teacher at UA, and I will always be grateful to him for his advice, his encouragement, and his leadership — and especially his counsel when I was editor of The Crimson White. He inspired all of us from that era to become better journalists. Rest in peace, John Cameron, and thanks for all that you did for so many of us.

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  10. Jean Helms

    I am so sorry to hear of John’s death. I knew him when he worked at the Press-Register, where he was a highly regarded journalist whom I was proud to know. Blessings to his family and may he rest in peace.

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  11. NELDA SCHULTZ

    Condolences & prayers to you, Judy, & family! I’m saddened with the news but happy he will be spared more suffering & pain. To me, John was instrumental in making Baldwin County a “choice” place to live. He represented & fought for truth,transparency, & equality. I cherished our friendship& his support. RIP!!! John. Your life made a difference!!!

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  12. Joel A. Mask, Associate Director UA Student Media, Retired

    John was the driving force behind hiring me as the Advertising Director, for The University of Alabama’s Student Media newspaper, The Crimson White, September 1977. He was a mentor and a friend. He allowed me to do my job and was always available if I needed any help.

    John was terrified of close places, especially elevators. He and his family invited me to dinner after my interview for the position. Judy, treated us to shrimp-creole, which I had never had. So, once I served myself John suggested I put the shrimp and sauce on top of the rice…Got to learn somehow. LOL
    RIP … John Cameron, you have touched my heart and the hearts of thousands of UA students. Thanks for always being there.

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  13. Linda and Mike Breedlove

    Judy,
    Just learned of John’s death. We are so sorry we cannot be there. We have many fond memories of the times we spent with you and John.
    John was a great newspaperman!
    With much love.
    Linda and Mike

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  14. Ed Williams, Auburn

    Outstanding teacher and good friend. I’ve known John Cameron since my college days at Alabama; he was a community newspaperman extraordinaire and a passionate teacher of journalism.  He was a caring person.

    John put me in touch with Mike and Linda Breedlove at The South Alabamian in Jackson where I ended up taking my first job out of college in 1976.

    John’s impact on my career was enormous.

    RIP John.

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  15. Minnie Skinner

    Sending love and hugs to a fine family. I know your hearts are broken but know that your husband and father and grandfather’s memory will always be a blessing. Sincere condolences.

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