He Was the Cat’s Pajamas!

Emil Campbell of Raleigh North Carolina was a true animal lover.  He especially had a soft spot for those of the emil-campbellfeline persuasion.   It so happened that several of the animal shelters in the area were really in need of funding in order to continue their mission of assisting the often neglected and forgotten cat population in the area. Thankfully, Mr. Campbell was able to come through with a “small” donation of $1.7 million!

No, Mr. Campbell was not an executive making a large corporate donation or even a successful business owner who wished to help out the community.  Mr. Campbell was just another individual who lived a thrifty lifestyle which enabled him to accumulate a fair bit of wealth.  One who knew him described him thus:

“(He was) very frugal. He didn’t work a job that paid him a lot of money, but he pinched his pennies and he saved his money.” 

Whether the aim is to live a comfortable retirement, help family members or leave a legacy through community charities, wealth accumulation is possible through hard work, frugality and consistent investing.

The Doctor’s Wife

bullock-wilkinsFlora Cornelia “Neill” Bullock Wilkins lived a quiet life. The widow of a local doctor,  Mrs. Wilkins was known around the Fayetteville North Carolina area as a former school teacher and church-going lady who loved her community.  It was noted that “She lived quietly and frugally, enjoying her church, family and old friends.”

By all accounts, Mrs. Wilkins was no society matron or jet-setting physician’s wife but rather the spouse of an old-fashioned small town doctor from days gone by.   A time when doctors made house calls and would work with patients who didn’t always have the means to pay.   There weren’t many jet-setting vacations for these types of physicians.

This is why many charities and institutions in the area were stunned to learn that they were the recipients of Mrs. Wilkins’ $2.7 million estate!  What a wonderful gift from a wonderful lady.