JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - "Mr. Camp, that's Daddy Camp. He supported us, he was at every game. He screamed our names. He was a daddy to all of us," says Ferlandria Porter, former Peeples Middle School basketball player.
"No matter how you felt, he always came, provided drinks for us, gave us support," says Asha Funches, another former ball player from Peeples.
Christopher Camp was a father of five, and the PTSA president at Peeples. But he wasn't your typical school volunteer.
"He was Mr. Peeples. He was Peeples," says former Booster Club president, Angela Funches.
The family, friends, and Peeples students and staff members who attended Camp's funeral Friday at Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Jackson, say the 37-year-old was a swimming pool installer by trade. But his heart lie in service work: service to his own children, to all of their friends, and to anyone else who needed a mentor at Peeples.
Perhaps it was his drive to always be at the school that paved the path for his death. He had just left the school on foot around 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, the last day of school.
Camp was walking southbound on the east side of Belvedere Avenue when a Dodge pickup truck collided with him and killed him. Investigators say the driver of that pickup, 45-year-old Elery Lee Guice of Jackson, had a strong smell of alcohol on him.
After the fatal accident, Guice was only arrested on misdemeanor violations of driving without a license or insurance. But Jackson Police say the results of blood tests on Guice may lead to much more serious charges.
JPD detective Juan Cloy says Camp was a role model for children and adults. "It's so sad, I feel bad for the children. If we could all aspire to be like Christopher Camp, the world would be a much, much better place," he says.
Bishop Ronnie Crudup, who officiated the services, spoke directly to Camp's children. "A good example has been laid for you. Make your life count," he said.
But it seems every person who gathered to say goodbye, gained something simply by knowing Daddy Camp. "He inspired me to spend more of my time at the school," Angela Funches says. "He was just a joy to be around and a good hearted person."
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