Exar Elizabeth Campbell Shadburn


Exar Elizabeth Campbell Shadburn of Cartersville, GA, known to friends as “Libby,” passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on Monday, July 2, 2018. She was preceded in death by Minor Crittenden Shadburn Jr., her husband of 42 years.

She was born August 6, 1924 in Sugar Valley, GA to Thelma Graham Campbell and Newton Lee Campbell, Sr. As a small child, Libby moved to Cartersville with her mother, who came to find work during The Depression at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Plant in Atco.

Libby married the love her of life, Minor Crittenden Shadburn Jr. on May 12, 1952 in New York City on the nationally televised CBS show “Bride and Groom.”  The medium of television was in its infancy and there were a number of “wedding parties” held throughout Cartersville in the homes of the few citizens who owned a television. Guests wore their wedding finery and huddled around the television to watch.

Libby loved Cartersville and Bartow County and took an active part in many community organizations. She joined the First Baptist Church of Cartersville in 1939, where she was active in Sunday School, Training Union, WMU and was Church Clerk for many years.  She has been a member of her beloved sorority, the Georgia Mu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi since 1946, where she enjoyed many years of friendship with her sorority sisters. Libby also had the distinction of working as an election poll worker for over 70 years. Many of those years were spent as the Election Manager at the Cartersville West voting precinct. She enjoyed being a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution along with other historical and genealogical societies. Libby also loved bargain shopping and buying treasures on QVC.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Shadburn Brooker (Martin) of Marietta, GA; 3 grandchildren, Emily Brooker Powell (Josh) of Hapeville, GA; Laura Beth Brooker Durm (Josh), of Decatur, GA, and Greg Brooker (Catherine) of South Portland, ME; 2 great grandchildren, Graham Powell and Heath Durm.

A Celebration of Libby’s life will be held Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Cartersville, 241 Douthit Ferry Road. Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m. prior to the Memorial Service.  A private interment will be held afterwards at 4:30 p.m. at Sunset Memory Gardens.