Rodney "Wayne" Sampson, 87, of Belmont, Ohio died Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at Wheeling Hospital. He was born on September 30, 1932, near Somerton, Ohio, a son of the late John and Hazel (Stephens) Sampson.
Wayne was a 1950 graduate of Somerton High School, a valedictorian of his class. He served his country in the US Army and after returning home, Wayne became manager for Kirks Furniture of Barnesville for several years, but his profession and passion was farming. Wayne and Eva Jean moved to their farm south of Bethesda in 1958 where they farmed and raised their family, still residing there today.
A founding father and director of the Ohio Valley Cattleman, a member of the ASC Committee, also served on the Belmont County Soil and Water Board, a former member of the BBM Rotary Club, and a long time member of the Boston Church of Christ.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Charlene Esposito; and brothers, John, Kenneth and William Sampson.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Eva Jean (Betts) Sampson; daughters, Lesa (Patrick) French of Bethesda and Donna (Larry) Morris of Barnesville; a son, Douglas (Gina) Sampson of Vincent, Ohio; grandchildren, Eric (Emmy Beach) French, Marty (Sara) French, and Kara Sampson; two great-grandchildren, Maddox and Alex French.
Friends will be received Friday, October 18, 2019 from 4-8pm at Campbell-Plumly-Milburn Funeral Home, 319 North Chestnut Street, Barnesville, Ohio where services will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11am with Rev. Steve Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery in Bethesda, Ohio where military honors will be provided by the Belmont County Veteran's Association.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department, 103 East Spring Street, Bethesda, Ohio 43719.
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