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PO Box 176
24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
Accomac, VA 23301
Phone: 757-787-2504
Fax: 757-787-5606
Shirley Sample

Shirley Deloise Sample

Wednesday, February 9th, 1949 - Saturday, December 1st, 2018
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Shirley Deloise Sample earned her wings and transitioned to be with our heavenly Father on Saturday, December 1, 2018, surrounded by family and loved ones. Shirley, the fourth of five children, was born on February 9, 1949 to the late Roosevelt and Rosie Sample. She was preceded in death by her brother, James Sample, Sr. and daughter, Tammy Sample-Ayres.

In her early years, Shirley joined New Allen Memorial A.M.E. Church. She was a faithful member, serving on the choir the Senior Choir and the Missionary Society. She always attended church, even making a way despite her illness. Shirley attended Mary N. Smith High School and worked at the Hermitage on the Eastern Shore in Onancock, in the housekeeping department.

Shirley enjoyed life, especially spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She could always be seen riding with her sister, Helen, as they spent lots of time together shopping and going to church. Shirley loved the Hallelujah Gospel Singers or as she called them, her “Mens.” She was dubbed the “Queen” of birthday and anniversaries. WESR Radio host noted that Shirley was the first voice she would hear every morning as she called in birthday and anniversary requests for family and friends.

Shirley was an all-around gal. From the 1980s until recently, she could be found watching WWF, now WWE, Wrestling or as she called it “Wrastlin.” She enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing dominoes and Bingo, and watching The Young and the Restless, as well as the The Bold and the Beautiful, before tuning into the Family Feud.

The Sample family has lost a link from its chain, but we know that God never makes a mistake. He only wants the best in His vineyard and has claimed His own. We will miss Shirley’s smiling face and her laugh. Sleep on dear Shirley and take your rest. We love you, but God loved you best.

Shirley leaves many beautiful memories to be cherished by: daughter, Melissa (Theutis) Sample-Wharton of Nasswadox, VA; son, Lorenzo Sample of Exmore, VA; son-in-law, Mark Ayres of Painter, VA; six grandchildren, Tyshekia Sample of Parksley, VA, Cedric Sample and Ahmad Scarborough, both of Nassawadox, VA, Shermetrics Sample of Norfolk, VA, Tanice Ayres of Suffolk, VA, and Markice Ayres of Onley, VA; eight great-grandchildren, Ty’kice, DaMari, Kiyren, Kiyan, Shyla, Skylar, Aizyr, and Azaria; two special adopted daugthers, Vanessa (Jeffrey) Collins of Exmore, VA and Shadreita Stewart of Onancock, VA; goddaughter, LaTasha Fitchett of Chesapeake, VA; godson, Nathaniel “Lee” Strand, Jr. of Richmond, VA; special nieces, Gladys Strand of Painter, VA and Katrina Sample of Newport News, VA; sisters, Helen (James) Kellam of Painter, VA and Mary (Sylvanus) Lofland of Keller, VA; one brother, Joseph (Georgie) Sample of Painter, VA; sister-in-law, Yvonne Sample of Painter, VA; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins; special friends, Ronnie Savage, Pattie Matthews, Bessie Parker, Mary Satchell, Sarah Mitts, and Janice Lyons; caring nurses, Shydia Heath, Sharon Matthews, and Australia Harmon.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, December 7th, 2018 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, December 7th, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc.
    24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
    Accomac, VA 23301
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, December 8th, 2018 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, December 8th, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
    New Allen A.M.E. Church
    7044 Bayside Rd.
    NASSAWADOX, VA 23413
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  • Service

    Saturday, December 8th, 2018 | 11:00am
    Saturday, December 8th, 2018 11:00am
    New Allen A.M.E. Church
    7026 Bayside Rd.
    NASSAWADOX, VA 23413
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    Presiding Elder Chester W. Morris
  • Interment

    Saturday, December 8th, 2018 | 11:00am
    Saturday, December 8th, 2018 11:00am
    New Allen A.M.E. Cemetery
    7044 Bayside Rd.
    NASSAWADOX, VA 23413
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Rosie Kort

Posted at 03:54pm
Missy, I am so very sorry.

Brenda Coston-Cleaver

Posted at 12:57pm
To the family of Miss Shirley. She was my next door neighbor when I moved to Exmore Village II. She always had a smile and treated me like she had known me forever. Every birthday she would call WESR to send me a shout out,we shared February but different year/day. I miss seeing you either in the laundry room or the community room for bingo or in the hall especially on Sunday. You know you would be looking sharp. Rest in paradise my friend. No more wheelchair,walker,hospital. No medicine . Just walking around Heaven and being a Guardian Angel for your children and grandchildren. Family in the midst of your loss, God will dry your tears,heal your hearts and strengthen you. Remember the sweet memories for Miss Shirley is right there with you all. With deepest sympathy Brenda Coston-Cleaver

Julie Mathews

Posted at 11:23am
Melissa, Lorenzo, and Family, My sincerest condolences to you all. Shirley will be missed by all of us at Exmore Village. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

Terry Bailey

Posted at 10:49am
Sorry for you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

Helen Harmon Rowley

Posted at 11:10am
" Lord bless the family of Shirley Sample and comfort them each day. As daytime turns to nighttime, bring them peace ... I pray. When morning comes tomorrow, let all their cares be small. Guide them with your wisdom as you bless them one and all."

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