A popular Blount County teacher was killed in a car accident Wednesday
afternoon as she drove home to Oneonta from Southeastern Elementary School near
Kellie Bell Camp, 30, had taught for several years at Southeastern and was
the wife of Don Camp, assistant basketball coach at Oneonta High School. She
kept the scorebook for most of the boys' high school games.
"Anytime they played, she was always there," said former Blount County
Schools Superintendent Smiley Veal. "She was sweet, smart, cute, happy. She
loved the profession of teaching. She was a born teacher."
Brandon Horton of the Oneonta Fire Department said officials responded to a
one-vehicle accident that happened about 3:15 p.m. on Alabama 75, 2.5 miles
south of Allgood.
Alabama State Trooper Sgt. Tim Sartain said Camp was driving north in an SUV
and lost control. The vehicle overturned and she was ejected, he said.
Her father, Ronald Bell, principal of Plainview High School in Rainsville,
said she graduated from Plainview in 1994.
"She was a great child, and you need to love your children while they're here
because you never know when they're going to be taken away from you," Bell said.
"Kellie loved living in Oneonta, she loved her new family in Oneonta. She found
them to be good and gracious people. She loved her church family."
Camp graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor's degree in
secondary social science in 1999. She received a master's degree in 2001 from
Jacksonville State University.
She was the yearbook sponsor and student government sponsor at Southeastern
Elementary. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Oneonta.
Veal said Camp was admired by students and faculty at both Southeastern and
Oneonta schools and her loss will have a wide impact in Blount County. "It'll be
News staff writer Christie Kelley contributed to this report.