Ronald C. Samples, 78, of Oceana, passed away on June 9, 2020, at Duke University Medical center in Durham, North Carolina. Surrounded by his loving children, he slipped away to a Heavenly reunion with his beloved wife Dorthina. Mr. Samples was born on August 28, 1941 in Oceana, the son of the late Riley and Anna Samples. Except for his service in the US Army, he lived his life in Oceana, where he raised his family, made lasting friendships, golfed with his son and brothers and served his Lord. A 1960 Graduate of Oceana High School, he served in the Army for 4 years before returning to Oceana, where he married Dorthina Woolwine. Together they had three children. He was a retired electrician and a member of the United Mine workers of America, as well as a skilled carpenter know for his beautifully-crafted furniture. He was a Deacon at Oceana Freewill Baptist Church and a beloved brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend.
In addition to his loving wife, he is preceded in death by a grandson, Matthew Green.
He is survived by his daughter Kelli Samples of Albemarle, North Carolina; son Todd Samples of Pikeville, Kentucky; daughter Rebecca Green and her companion, Brian Ritchie of Gold Hill, North Carolina; grandchildren Jonathan, Kaitlyn, Zachary, Allie, Nick and Abram; brothers Donald Samples and his wife Audrey; Eddie Samples and his wife Brenda, Danny Samples, and Teddy Samples; numerous nieces Kris, Lydia, Karrie, Kym, Katie, Sara and Anna; and a host of friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1PM on Monday June 15th at the Oceana Freewill Baptist Church, Oceana, WV with Pastor Jackie Grimmett officiating. He will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Matheny, WV. Military rites will be conducted by the Wyoming County Veterans Honor Guard. Friends may gather with the family from 12 PM until time of services on Monday at the church.
The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco, WV.