On Friday, May 18, 2012, Malcolm Ralph "Mac" Camp quietly left this earth at Weatherford, Texas. He will be missed by family and friends alike and will be remembered in a graveside memorial service on Saturday, June 2, at 4:30 p.m. at George Washington Alexander Cemetery in Claiborne Parish.
Mac was born August 4, 1938, in the Homer oil field to Joe Malcolm Camp and Marguerite Alexander Camp.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria Slaughter Camp; three sons, Keith and Lisa Camp of La Porte, Texas, DeWayne and Mary Camp of Indianapolis, Indiana and Shaun Camp of Weatherford, Texas; one sister and brother-in-law, Jean Camp Falgout and Jerry Falgout of Houma; one brother, George Mark Camp of Minden; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Preceding Mac in death were his parents; sisters, Mary Camp Whitney and her husband, Leo Whitney and Doris Camp Combs, who is survived by her husband, Ken Combs; and his brother, Joe Leonard Camp.
Mac attended Homer grammar and high school and at the age of four began his career in music, being taught piano, coronet and voice by Mr. Darden Ford, Mrs. Bragdon, Mrs. Robert Kent, Mr. Philip Kendall and Miss Marion Dorman. After graduating from Homer High School, he majored in music at Hardin Simmons University and Centenary College.
Mac descended from several pioneer families of Claiborne Parish, including the Dr. Frances Otto Krouse of the Germantown Colony, George Washington Alexander, who moved into the first permanent cabin erected in Claiborne Parish and rebuilt it for his large family, John Malcolm Walker Camp, early Claiborne Parish MD who traveled the areas of northwest Louisiana, east Texas, and south Arkansas as a rural medical practitioner.
Mac is best known for his beautiful piano music and directing church choirs. He served as music director at numerous churches and played in many revivals over the years in the north Louisiana area. He also traveled on a musical circuit for a while, playing popular music in various hotels throughout the South.
Mac's early career included working for Jett Petroleum, Sperry Rand, Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant, where he served as secretary to the director of Plant Protection, and Texas and Pacific Railroad, which later became Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific. He started with the railroad in Shreveport and was transferred to Fort Worth where he worked for the director of the largest train terminal in the United States. He served as secretary and investigator for the director of that terminal.