William Ralph "Bill" Sampson Jr., 70, of Brazil died unexpectedly Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, in St. Vincent Clay Hospital's emergency room.
Born Aug. 4, 1933, in Fayetteville, Ark., he was the son of Ralph and Margaret Short Sampson.
He moved with his family to Brazil when he was in grade school and graduated from Brazil High School. He served in the U.S. Army 1953-1956.
Returning home, he worked for CBS and was a claims adjuster before starting his own business. he owned and operated Clay Auto Parts and Highway 40 Wrecker Service and Body Shop. He later sold the business and worked as a rural postal carrier for 13 years. He retired from the Postal Service in 1996.
On Aug. 27, 1960, he married Bevelyn Cordrey Sampson, who survives.
Memberships included VFW 1127, Masonic Lodge F&AM 409, and Commandry Knights of the York Cross of Honor.
Hobbies included collecting Cushman motor scooters.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jody and Tate Wyndham, Samantha and Joe Salinetro, all of Brazil; five grandchildren, Anthony Scott "Tony" Wyndham, Traci Lynn Wyndham, Adam Salinetro, Nicholas Salinetro and Corey Salinetro; a special niece and her family, Vicky and Lance Trusler, Amber and Eric Trusler; mother-in-law, Virginia Cordrey of Brazil; three sisters-in-law, Juddy Ferry of Brazil, Marjorie Heck and husband, Leo, of Tennessee, and Paula Laycock and husband, Richard, of Terre Haute.
Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. in French Funeral Home with the Rev. Dick McShanog officiating. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday with Masonic services at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday prior to services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Benwood Friendly Grove Christian Youth Camp. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Light a candle in his memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.