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April 26, 2013

Wanda Sampson

GREENVILLE — Wanda Ruth Brandon Sampson went to be with the Lord on April 25, 2013.

Wanda was born in Greenville on June 22, 1924, to Wilhite Nathan and Zelpha Jane Copeland Brandon. She was the youngest of nine children.

She grew up at Park Street Baptist Church and often sang with her twin brother Wayne. They also sang in a Stamps-Baxter quartet on the local radio station. In 1941 she married the Rev. Clyde Sampson, whom she met during a revival meeting. They were married for three years when he passed away suddenly in January of 1944. They attended Hickory Creek Baptist Church during that time. They were blessed with two children, Barbara Jean Sampson Bryant, now of Garland, and Herschel Wayne Sampson of Temple.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; her six sisters, Thresa Westmoreland of Baytown, Veda Whatley of Daingerfield, Hazel Martin of Greenville, Mayme Baker of Bryan, Ela May Brandon of Greenville and Willie Fae Wren of Galveston;  and two brothers, Edric (Buster) Brandon of Garland and her twin brother, Wayne Brandon of Dallas.

Wanda is survived by her two children; five grandchildren, Daniel and Stephen Bryant of Garland, Renee Bryant of Kentucky, Susan Kersbergen of Los Colinas and Nathan Sampson of San Diego,  Calif.; her six great-grandchildren and one sister-in-law, Carol Sampson of Greenville.

A graveside service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at East Mount Cemetery with Rev. Royce Litchfield officiating. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. Sunday until service time at the Coker-Mathews Funeral Home chapel.

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