Michael A. Sample

December 20, 1955 ‒ November 09, 2005

Sunbury, Ohio

Michael A. Sample, age 49, of Sunbury went to be with the Lord on Wednesday evening, November 9, 2005 at his sister’s residence following a two year battle with rheumatoid arthritis.

Mike was born in Columbus at Doctor’s North Hospital on December 20, 1955 to the late Richard L. and Marjorie (Cooper) Sample. He graduated from Olentangy High School Class of 1974 and received a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Theology from the Toccoa Falls College in Georgia. Mike was a member of Boy Scouts and played the baritone in the Ohio University Marching Band.

On August 19, 1977, Mike married his loving wife of more than 28 years, Sharon (Hicks) Sample, at the West View Alliance Church in Columbus by her father. Together they have resided mainly in the Sunbury and Delaware area, and attended the Sunbury Church of the Nazarene.

Mike most recently worked for the Alloy Polymers Company in Gahanna, as a colorist, creating the paint to color plastics. During his younger years, Mike was a warehouseman at Nestle’s in Sunbury and he worked as an ordained minister at the Oklahoma City Alliance Church and the Delaware Alliance Church.

Mike greatly enjoyed tinkering, on cars or anything else he could challenge himself with. He was also a big football fan, rooting for the Big Walnut Eagles and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Mike will be remembered for his love and devotion to his wife and family; giving his all “and then some.” He was always there for his children, making one-on-one time when needed. Mike was a wonderful parent and role model. Many mentioned his kind and considerate nature, worrying more about the needs of others. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Mike leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife: Sharon Sample, his Children: Shannon (Nathan) Swackhammer, Tim, Jason, Jennifer and Krista Sample all of Sunbury, Grandson: Brandon, Brother: Richard (Kris) Sample of Mechanicsburg, Pennslyvania, Sisters: Janis (Deb Schouten) Marconi of Mt. Vernon, Francis (Dan) Hoover of Ostrander, and Katherine Howard of Worthington, Parents-in-law: Tom and Irene Hicks of Toccoa, Georgia, Brothers-in-law: Tom (Cindy) Hicks of Lexington, North Carolina, and David (Lisa) Hicks, Sister-in-law: Carole (Jimmy) Sweat both of Toccoa, Georgia, and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by his Brothers-in-law: Timmy Hicks and Nathan Howard.

The family will greet friends on Saturday from 5 – 8 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 at 61, Sunbury. A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Sunbury Church of the Nazarene, 790 St. Rt 61 N, with Pastor David Seymour officiating. Burial will follow at a later date at the Sunset Cemetery in Galloway, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Michael A. Sample Memorial Fund and sent to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, P. O. Box 238, Sunbury, Ohio 43074, to assist with medical bills.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.