September 12, 1987 - January 4, 2013
Age 25, of Bliss, NY, died January 4, 2013 at the Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas.
He was born September 12, 1987 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the son of Wesley and Pamela Sampson of Bliss, NY. Austin was a graduate of Letchworth Central School Class of 2006, He played football, swimming and track. Specialist Sampson completed basic training and advanced training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2007 – 2009 and in Operation New Dawn from 2010-2011. He was a recipient of the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon. Austin was a member of the Letchworth New Life Fellowship in Silver Springs.
Surviving along with his parents are his siblings, SSG Stephen Sampson of San Antonio, TX, Sheryl Sampson of Richmond, VA, David (Bianca) Sampson of Farmington, PA, J. Marshall Carter of Warsaw, Krystal Carter of Dansville, CPL Robert (Faira) Sampson of El Paso, TX, Zachary Foreman of Sandusky, Joseph Carter of Geneseo, Bennett Carter of Halthom City, TX; his paternal grandmother, Pauline Sampson of Arcade; his maternal grandmother, Carolyn Shelnut of Alexander; his nieces and nephews, Meghan, Rachel, Nicholas, Jada, Damian, Addrianna, Andrew, Jonathan, Isabella, Jalissya, Audrey, Derek and Cameron; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends may call Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 7 – 9 PM, Thursday, Jan. 17 from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 at Robinson & Hackemer Funeral Home, 246 N. Main St., Warsaw where his funeral service will be held Friday, Jan. 18 at 1 PM. Burial with military honors will be in Lyonsburg Cemetery, Bliss. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850-5168.
January 17, 2013 : Calling hours for Army Specialist Austin J. Sampson - 12:00 AM to 2:00 AM
January 17, 2013 : Calling hours for Army Specialist Austin J. Sampson - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
January 18, 2013 : Calling hours for Army Specialist Austin J. Sampson - 12:00 AM to 2:00 AM
January 18, 2013 : Funeral service for Army Specialist Austin J. Sampson - 6:00 PM
Mar 14.13 from Jackie Massie:
Dear Sampson family, I am so Sorry of your loss. The news of Austins death was just told to me yesterday. I had the great pleasure of meeting Austin for the first time through my son Joshua just before they deployed to Iraq the first time. He was such a pleasure to be around always had a smile on his face, was always cracking jokes he could put a smile everyone's face. Although Austin and Josh lost touch through reassignments he would speak of him often. Thank You Austin for serving our country you will be dearly missed by everyone's lives that you have touched.
Mar 12.13 from jada:
hi to my fan
Feb 17.13 from patricia floyd:
Austin is sadley missed. Not a day goes by that i still dont tear up.
Jan 22.13 from Paul & Jeanne Mest:
Much sympathy to the Sampsons and all of Austin's brothers & sisters. You have been in our prayers. We knew Austin when he was young and first in the area. Along with his brothers & sister, they spent some time with us as well as at our church, Folsomdale. We have fond memories of all the children and have always prayed for them, long after we lost touch. We knew Austin & Bobby had a good home and are thankful for all you did for them. It appears that Austin grew up to be a fine young man who will be dearly missed. Our daughter Amy is a teacher at Letchworth and recently learned that Mrs. Sampson was Austin's mother and they probably worked together. She sends her sympathy as well. All our children remember Austin and were very sorry to hear of his death. God bless you all.
Jan 21.13 from Gary and Nancy (Carlson) Butler:
Wes & Pam - we are sorry for your loss and you've been in our hearts and prayers since we heard. We will continue to keep you and your family in prayer asking God to give you His comfort and strength.
Jan 20.13 from Cind Brace:
Dear Wesley,Pam and family,
I want to express my sympathy and condolences on the loss of your son Austin. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Jan 20.13 from Michelle Gell:
this seems so hard to believe still, but i will always remember you. you were such a great friend and could always bring a smile to my face. i know we grew apart during the last few years of high school, but that hasn't changed the way i remember you. thanks for always being such a great person and you will never be forgotten with me.
Jan 19.13 from Pam Berry:
Pam and Wes; Although I didn't know this remarkable young man, my heart, thoughts, prayers and love are with you and your family during this time.
Jan 19.13 from Renee Johnson:
Our hearts are grieving with you all over your loss of Austin. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers often.
Brian and Renee (Stroud) Johnson
Jan 18.13 from Michelle Work:
Uncle Wes, Aunt Pam and my cousins Stephen, Sheryl, David and Bobby,
My heart grieves with you over the loss of Austin.
I can't help but smile when I think about the phone calls Id receive from Afghanistan....Austin would call and we'd chat about anything and everything. He knew I was alone for Christmas and took time out of his day to call me to wish me a Merry Christmas several years in a row....we talked about family, values, decisions he was facing and his struggles (he joked that I should send him the bill for therapy sessions!). Today, I celebrate Austin's life with you even from so far away. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. As our saying goes, "cousins forever we shall be, but friends by choice we are...!" Love you all,
Michelle (for Ameya & Myles too)
Jan 18.13 from Cheryl and Tim:
Our prayers for comfort and peace are with your family. He is an American hero and is now Guarding you and America with Jesus.
Jan 18.13 from Jessica Perkins-Rao:
We are very sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Jan 18.13 from Rick and Lisa Hodges:
Wes and Pam, we are so sorry for your loss. We wished we could come give you some comfort at this time but things didn't go as planned. We will be out to see you sometime soon. Praying for God's strength and peace during this time
Jan 18.13 from Krystal, Addriana, and Jalessya Carter:
We LOVE YOU Austin...Your always my baby brother and your nieces love you always and forever
Jan 18.13 from Charlie and Sandi Duckworth:
We didn't know your son but we are very sorry for this tremendous loss. Our prayers go out to your family at this difficult time. May the Lord be with all of you.
Jan 18.13 from Linda (Sampson) Flugel:
Wesley and Pam,
I've had you in my heart and prayers since this happened. I'm so proud of Austin and you both as his parents, and know that Austin is remembered always. We have that hope of seeing him in a better place.
Jan 17.13 from tina:
Our hearts are heavy today and we are praying for you all to get throught this terrible loss. Pam and Wes you were truly blessed to have such a wonderful son.Im so sorry he is gone so soon.
Love to you all
Jan 17.13 from Nancy Sampson:
We may never know why God called Austin home to heaven so early, but we rest in the knowledge that Austin was one of God's children. I am praying that God gives the comfort and peace that only He can give to the family and friends of Austin. May God grant his blessing on all who are mourning.
Jan 17.13 from Sylvia Giroux:
I will never for get the times my family and I shared with Austin when he and my daughter dated in HS. He always put a smile on my face and was quick to give to welcome me with a hug or when he said goodbye. He will forever be missed and remain in our hearts. He certainly made the world in which we lived brighter. May God bless the families whose lives he touched. Hold unto the memories you have of him. He will live forever in your hearts. My family and I would also like you to know that we would be there, not only to say goodbye, but to support all of you if we could.
Love and prayers and a great big hug!,
Jerry and Sylvia Giroux
Jan 17.13 from Ron & Carol Stiles:
Wesley and Pam, We are so sorry to hear about Austin. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.
Jan 16.13 from Dave and Cheryl Mayer:
Wes and Pam,
You have our deepest sympathy. May God grant all of you strength and peace.
Dave and Cheryl
Jan 16.13 from Sheila Tisdale:
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your entire family. God bless.
Jan 16.13 from Michelle Winspear:
I'm sorry I didn't know your Son but my heart goes out to you all. Thank You Austin for your service and dedication. Our prayers are with you all!
Jan 16.13 from Sandy Luther:
I'm thinking about Austin and praying much for all of you. I wish that I could get away to be with you at this time but you won't be far from my thoughts.
Love & prayers,
Jan 16.13 from Christina Goral:
Thank you for serving our country and keeping the people of the US safe. You will be a missed man, god has a good one! My condolances go out to ALL his family and friends.
Jan 14.13 from Claudia Johnson:
Austin, we love you and miss you so much. I know that you have making you own way where you are now, as you did when you walked among men. We know that you will always be watching over us here. Texas will be a lonely place without you here to keep it straight. We will never forget you, and will be waiting till the day we meet again.
Jan 14.13 from Yvonne Wyse:
Pat Floyd, Elouise Molby, Marshall Carter, Joe Carter, Zach Foreman, Krystal Carter, Bobby Sampson, James Carter, The Sampson family and who I may have forgotten.
As Austin spent time in my home over this past summer. I enjoyed his company, he was such a joy to be around, his smile is something I will never forget, his charming personality and sense of humor.
I thank you; Austin; for your service that you served. Now you are serving with all the special angels. Watching down on us all, with every drop of rain that falls is a kiss to each and everyone of us to let us know you are there.
Soft Hugs Always,
(Chad Main's Mom)
Jan 14.13 from Donna:
Rest in peace my darling grandson until we meet again. Bobby, Marshall, Crystal: my heart aches for you.
Jan 14.13 from Chad Main:
you will be missed greatly austin. it was so much fun chillin with you.
Jan 13.13 from Jeffrey T Perkins:
My family and I offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Austin. We thank him for his service to our country. Rest easy in the arms of the Lord Soldier, your mission here on Earth is done.
Jeff Perkins and Family
Jan 13.13 from Bill Brainard:
Rest in peace mighty man of valor. I salute you for the life you led, the sacrifices made to keep US free. You will not be forgotten.
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