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Pastor George Henry Sampson, Sr.
July 8, 1924 ~ January 19, 2024 (age 99) 99 Years Old
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Pastor George H. Sampson, Sr., a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, took his final rest January 19, 2024 in American Canyon, California. Born July 8, 1924 in Hope Mills, North Carolina to Lula and James Sampson, the family moved to Fayetteville, where George attended elementary and high school. It was at E.E. Smith High School that George cultivated his passion for music as a member of the Key Note Quartet. It was during a singing engagement at a local church that George met the love of his life, Mary Helen Taylor. They wed on June 18, 1943 and between 1944 and 1965 George and Helen were blessed with 12 children. George began his pastoral ministries as a literature evangelist for the South Atlantic Conference of Seventh Day Adventist. When the family of 14 moved to Poughkeepsie, NY he continued his work as a lay evangelist for the Northeastern Conference of Seventh Day Adventist and resumed his studies at Marist College. From 1972-1979 George was a coordinator for the Model Cities Program in Poughkeepsie. In addition, he played a major role in the establishment of the Literacy Volunteer Program of America for Dutchess County in New York. Under his leadership the Catherine Street Center Board was revitalized and the Catherine Street Community Center was built. He is the co-founder of the Trinity Temple SDA Church in Poughkeepsie and the Beacon Light Tabernacle SDA Church in Beacon, NY. He spearheaded the Hudson Valley Prison Council Program of Seventh Day Adventists at the Green Haven Correctional Facility in Green Haven, NY. George also owned and operated a dry-cleaning business in Poughkeepsie during this time. George joined the staff of the Northeastern Conference Seventh Day Adventists in 1982 as director of the Community Service Center in Corona, NY. In 1985 he was ordained as a full-time minister of the Northeastern Conference of Seventh Day Adventists. During his tenure he served as pastor of the Pilgrim Tabernacle SDA Church and the Macedonia SDA Church both located in Long Island, NY. He retired from full-time ministry with the Northeastern Conference in 1996 only to begin his next job as elder, evangelist, and bible teacher in Lakeport, CA where he and Mary Helen moved in 1997. In March of 2018 George and Helen received honorary Doctorate Degrees from Oakwood University, putting the crowning touch on their legacy of hard work and education. On July 2, 2018 Mary Helen peacefully passed away at the home of her daughter Vernetta and husband Fred Johnson. George then relocated to American Canyon, CA to live with his eldest daughter Paula and husband Pastor Edwin Brown. It was here that George Henry, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend took his final breath. He is predeceased by his loving wife of 75 years Mary Helen; three of his children: James Sampson (Alberta (deceased); Gwendolyn Sampson; Reginald Sampson (Gervel); and one granchild Andrew Sampson.He is survived by nine of his twelve children: George Sampson, Jr (Judy), Paula Brown (Edwin), Alan Sampson (Kathy), Helen V. Johnson (Frederick), Arlene L. Johnson (Deora), Carlton Sampson (Bethany), Devora R. Winkfield (Kenneth), Michael Sampson (Mary Jo), Sonya Sampson, in addition to thirty grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren and eight great, great granchildren; brother, Pastor Enoch Butler. On July 8, 2024 George would have completed his 100th year here on this earth. Indeed, he has fought a good fight and completed his race.
Funeral service will be held on Sunday February 4th at 11:00 AM at Abney Chapel S. D. A. Church. Burial will follow at Taylor-Jessup Cemetery. Viewing will be held Sunday February 4th 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the church.