Again, God has allowed one of his soldiers to enter into eternal rest. Brother T.J. Sampson affectionately known to all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren as “Parge”, short for partner, began his life’s journey on June 10, 1922. He departed this life on March 27, 2014. Two sisters, Mrs. Roberta Smith, Mrs. Minnie Washington and one great-grandchild, Marcus Dwight Swift Jr., preceded him in death.
He was born to the late Jim and Patty Elijah Sampson in Oak Ridge, La. He confessed his belief in Christ at the young age of 8 years old at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Oak Ridge, under the leadership of Rev. D. Miller. He served as a Junior Deacon in his early years and in his adult life continued his service to the church on the Senior Deacon Board under the leadership of Rev. F.M. Moore. He continued in this capacity until he moved to Pine Bluff, Ark. in 1958. He was educated in the schools of Oak Ridge in Morehouse Parish. He married his childhood sweetheart Alice Pitts in 1941. To this union nine children were born, two boys and seven girls. He was always sharing his life lessons with all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as his nieces and nephews.
He was employed by the International Paper Company in both Bastrop, La. and Pine Bluff. He started as a part time Laborer and continued to work holding many other positions. At the point of his retirement in 1987, he had reached the status of Operator. During his tenure at the Pine Bluff Mill he also served as a Representative of the Black Labor Union.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, three brothers, Hardy Sampson, Sr., and George Sampson, both of Bastrop, La. and James Sampson of St. Louis, Mo.; Two sons, Joe and Donald Sampson of Pine Bluff, Ark.; daughters, Sadie Sampson Rowe( Alvin) of Minneapolis, Minn., Emma Sampson Swift, Pine Bluff, Ark., Dorothy Sampson Reynolds (Ronald) of Pine Bluff, Ark., Betty Sampson Ramey of Milwaukee, Wis., Pearl Sampson Freeman of Pine Bluff, Ark. Geraldine Sampson Earl (William) of Carrollton, Texas, Linda Sampson Litzey (Rickey) of Hot Springs, Ark.; one niece who was like a daughter, Bernice “Bunny” Rogers of Dallas, Texas., 23 Grandchildren; 35 Great-Grandchildren; 7 Great-Great-Grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the New St. Hurricane Baptist Church, Reverend L. R. Jones, is officiating. Burial will be at New St. Hurricane Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.
Visitation/Family Hour will be Wednesday at 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home.
The body will lie in-state at 12:00p.m. until service.
The family will be at 2220 Louisiana Street, Pine Bluff, Ark. 71601
Online Register: www.brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.