Sheryl Elaine Campbell (Shelly) was born May 6, 1963, to Cynthia and Herman Campbell on the beautiful island of Jamaica. As the only girl in her sibling group, she was spoiled rotten by her mother and very protected by her brothers. Sheryl attended Rock Hall All age school and then moved on to St. Andrew Technical school. Sheryl was a natural born leader and had the amazing ability to make the people around her happy; so naturally she had a lot of childhood friends with whom she created unforgettable memories with.
If you ask her mom what Shelly’s teen and early adult years were like she will tell you that Shelly gave her a run for her money! Often hanging out at Miss Ettle Burke’s house, the Tranquility Club with her friends or spending many days in August Town. She was charismatic, charming, and STUBBORN but she was so loving that it was always so hard to stay mad at her. While in Jamaica, Sheryl had four beautiful children that were the light of her life. She thoroughly enjoyed being with them and they kept her driven and grounded in her dreams of success.
In June of 1989, Sheryl migrated to Brooklyn, New York to begin a new journey with her children. While in Brooklyn, she worked many jobs to save funds. In 1990, she attended Drake Business School and graduated with a certificate in Business. What she would do with that she did not know at the time, but it proved to be a major move in the rest of her life. Sheryl and her four children moved to Albany, New York in 1991 and there she began working at Albany County Nursing home as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Sheryl worked multiple shifts, day in and day out for the next 15 years to support her family and to achieve the goals she set for herself. She eventually moved to the activities department at the nursing home where she worked diligently to create the best and most exciting activities for the residents there.
During her time in Albany, she purchased her first home which was one of the most exciting times of her life. Sheryl was a very proud woman. She took pride in making sure that her children were well taken care of and made sure that they felt loved. She did everything in her power to ensure that they would be successful and have the best life possible. There were so many times that she took trips to New York to shop and came home with bags and bags of clothes for the kids and nothing for herself but seeing the joy on their faces was all she needed in life.
Love happened in October of 1994 when she married her then husband Rhoan in a ceremony in Albany. Sheryl continued to work tirelessly and build her family foundation putting one foot in front of the other to create her family legacy.
In 2006 she purchased her home in McDonough Georgia to start a new chapter in her life. Not knowing where life would take her, she attempted to recreate the atmosphere she had in the activities department at Albany County nursing home at another nursing home in Georgia and failed. She was so upset at the way the residents were treated that she could not stay there. Sad, broken and not knowing which way she would turn Sheryl turned to her heart.
In 2008 Sheryl started Tranquility Personal Care Home (Tranquility PCH, LLC). She wanted a place where individuals could reside and receive the care and respect that they deserve. She wanted to create a place of tranquility for the most vulnerable population in Georgia. If you asked Sheryl what motivated her to start Tranquility she would tell you 1 of 2 things; 1, she left her four children in Albany and she would hope that if she was unable to take care of them someone would provide the same care for them as she gave to her individuals and 2, witnessing the unfair treatment of the residents in her first nursing home job in Georgia helped her to see that there was a void in the care for the most vulnerable population that she knew she could fill. Tranquility took off and over the next 13 years Sheryl and Tranquility transformed the lives of many staff, individuals, and their families. As stated before, her charisma and her charm always stood out. It made it so easy for other providers, support coordinators and DBHDD administration to love her. One of her favorite things to say was “I am very open to constructive criticism so please let me know if there is anything you see that I can do better”. It made it so that as a team, individuals got their needs met at the highest level of care possible.
Dedicating her life to the lord was very important to Sheryl and she accomplished this goal in 2011 when she was baptized by her brother Pastor Alton Heslop. It gave her great pride to stand beside her mother and brother during this life changing moment in her life.
In 2016 her youngest daughter moved to Georgia and then one by one she convinced her mother and her other daughters and their families to come as well; she had one more person to convince and that was her son. In 2019, she bragged about her team being in Georgia and finally being able to sit back and play with her grandchildren. She thoroughly enjoyed this time and spent the last two years heavily involved in their lives. Her children were everything to her but her grandchildren, now that was a different story. Her grandchildren took the cake! From New York to Georgia, she made sure she connected with each one of them in someway shape or form. Her biggest joy was to see them happy; whether it was buying lavish toys or just feeding them way too much candy she was so happy with them, and they were equally happy with her.
Sheryl took pride in making sure that her family was well taken care of. She loved her mother and her brothers and spoke to them daily. Being good was just not enough for Sheryl. She had a strong passion for making sure that the people she loved were not only good, but she created a path that would eventually lead to a legacy of success and sustainability for them all.
On November 12, 2021, Sheryl passed away peacefully in her sleep. She leaves to cherish her memory her mother Cynthia Wilson-Ferrell; her four children Damion Tucker, Patricka Thorpe (Malcolm Thorpe), Lillybeth Foulks (Qaid Foulks), Tashana Gordon (Marcelo Gordon); her siblings, Devon, Alton, Courtney, Garth, Handel, and Karen. Nine grandchildren, Lamaya, Nasirah, Amirah, Elijah, Elias, Aliyah, Brooklyn, Marcelo and Kaiden, loving partner Stanford Elliott, special doggie daughter Lola Campbell and a host of aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.