(February 5, 2008)

Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073

Centenary Announces Funeral Arrangements for Matthew Campbell

SHREVEPORT, La. — Visitation for Matthew Campbell will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home located at 1815 Marshall Street in Shreveport.

Funeral services will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 in Brown Chapel on the Centenary College campus. Campus Police will be directing traffic for parking. Lots 5 and Centenary Square will be reserved for general parking, with overflow parking at the Gold Dome. Lot 7 behind Brown Chapel will be reserved for immediate family. See campus map for a view of the parking areas.

Overflow viewing of the funeral will be available in Kilpatrick Auditorium, located in the Smith Building, behind Brown Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to help defray medical expenses can be directed to the Matthew Campbell fund available through any area Capital One Bank. Alternatively, contributions can be made to the Matthew Campbell Scholarship Fund at Centenary College. Such scholarship donations can be sent to Carolyn Hitt, 2911 Centenary Blvd. Shreveport, La. 71104, or they can be made online; be sure to mention the Matthew Campbell Scholarship Fund under the "other purposes" area of the form.

Matthew Campbell passed early Sunday morning at Children's Medical Center in Dallas. Matthew fought a hard fight and was surrounded by his family. He is the son of long-time Centenary conference and facilities coordinator Francine Campbell. Matthew was born with hypoplastic right heart syndrome, meaning he did not have a right ventricle. He received his first heart transplant Nov. 17, but the new heart never regained enough strength to keep up with his needs and he was put on the transplant list again. On Dec. 2, the Youree Drive Middle School student and aspiring chef underwent a 10-hour double transplant surgery for the new heart and a kidney.

Previous coverage of Matthew's story can be reached from our February 4 press release.

Centenary would like to thank KTBS Channel 3, Shreveport, for their outstanding technical and video support, especially Sherry Talley, Rod White, Ron Thoma and Jim Lee.

About Centenary

Centenary College of Louisiana is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and is regularly rated as one of the top colleges in the South.