Family-Placed Death Notice
SAMPLE, Joe Deal CSM (Ret) Joe Deal Sample, 73, of Duluth, GA, passed away peacefully at Gwinnett Medical Center of Duluth on February 4, 2011. The funeral service will be Thursday, February 10th, at 12:00 p.m. Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross. The family will receive friends Wednesday, Feb. 9th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton with Full Military Honors. Joe was born March 14th, 1937 in Dermott, Arkansas and was a member of Dermott High School's class of 1955, where he once double-dated with Elvis Presley. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1979 as a Command Sergeant Major, Fort Carson, CO with twenty-four years of military service, having served tours at Fort Bragg, NC and in Germany and Vietnam. He was awarded numerous awards and decorations, the most notable being two Purple Hearts and the Silver Star for gallantry in action, earned while serving the elite SOA-CCC unit. Upon retirement, Joe began a very enjoyable, second career in automobile sales, working for Carey Paul Honda and a number of other dealerships. He befriended Bill W. in 1983. To his friends he was a walking encyclopedia who had an insatiable desire to learn 'til his last breath. He walked the talk as they say. To his family, he left behind a legacy built on integrity, loyalty and love. Preceded in death by his father, Thomas Ervin Sample; mother, Bessie Lavern Sample; son, Jay Scott Sample. He is survived by his daughter, Tracy Jo Martin; son and daughter-in-law, Bayne Thomas and Violet Sample; sister, Thomasine Terry; grandchildren, Joshua Robert Payne, Jeremiah Stephan Martin, Chelsea Diane Martin, Nicole Johnson, Bayne Gabriel Sample, Caleb Thomas Sample, Andrew Martin; great grandchildren, Tanner Robert Payne, Trace Gibson Payne, Kinlee Johnson. Online condolences may be expressed at www.crowellbrothers.com. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 5051 Peachtree Ind. Blvd., Norcross, GA 30092 (770) 448-5757.
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