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Franklin Daniel Sampson I, age 82 of Sparta; won his battle with cancer on October 6, 2021. He passed peacefully at his residence with his family at his bedside loving him until the very last moment.
Frank was born May 2nd, 1939 in Middlebury, Vermont to the late Fred and Florence O’Byrn Sampson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by, brothers Lionel and Albert Sampson, beloved sister Mary Catherine (MC) Euber, son, Joseph Paul Piasta, and Son-in-Law Scott Lee Cook.
“Frank” was a United States Army Veteran, he was an active member of the American Legion Post# 0542 of Sparta. His proudest accomplishment was his family whom he loved deeply. He enjoyed driving his big rig, listening to old country music, working on household projects, camping and boating at Kerr Scott, and reading.
Frank is survived by his wife Ethel Sampson of the home; two daughters and Son-in-law: Helen and Tim Lang of Sparta, Lisa Cook of Raleigh; four sons and daughter in law: Raymond and Diane Piasta of Nashville, TN, Franklin Daniel Sampson II of Galax, VA, William Piasta of Sevierville, TN, Christopher Piasta of Sparta, NC; One sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Bob Pratt of Vermont. Seven Grandchildren and spouses: Timothy (Tiffany) Lang, Pamela (Shane) Glenn, Cherokee (Max) Frye-Sampson, Robyn (JJ) Cook, Isaac (Hailey) Piasta, Sierra Piasta, Jayden Cook; Eight great-grandchildren: Allyson Glenn, Deacon Glenn, Malaki Lang, Weslyn Cook, Brayden Cook, AJ Piasta, Brooklyn Lang and Mckinley Wright.
A Memorial Gathering to honor the life of Frank will be held for family and friends from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Thomas Family Funeral Service and other times at the home of Ethel Sampson, 233 Cherry Street, Sparta. A private release of his cremated remains will occur at a later date when all family can be present.
The family would like to extend a special heartfelt thank you to Mountain Valley Hospice, his nurse Ramona and CNA Karly.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200, Mount Airy, NC 27030 or Alleghany County Public Library, 115 Atwood Street, Sparta, NC 28675.