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Obituary for Naomi N Sample

Today, we celebrate the home going of one of God’s faithful servants, Naomi Sample. Naomi was born in rural Kershaw County South Carolina on July 18, 1941. She was the fourth of ten children born into the union of Willie James (Buddy) and Bernice (Harris) Nelson of Lugoff, SC. Naomi entered into eternal rest on April 25, 2017, surrounded by her loving family at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Bridgeport, CT.

As a young girl, Naomi dedicated her life to Christ and joined Sutton Branch Baptist Church in Lugoff, SC. For Naomi and her siblings, many of their favorite memories were of youth activities at several local churches.

Naomi received her primary education at the Historic Wood School and graduated from Jackson High School in Camden, SC in 1960. Soon after graduation she moved to Norwalk, CT (via Philadelphia, PA). A long time resident of Connecticut, Naomi moved to Bridgeport in 1970 after marring Conoway Sample of Exmore, VA in 1964; from that union two children were born Rodman and Andrea.

In pursuit of higher education, Naomi attended Housatonic Community College. She worked in various positions in retail, banking and for the United States Postal Service for over 20 years.

Naomi was very devoted to her Christian life and to her extended family. As a faithful church member she participated in several ministries she sang on the senior choir; she also attended bible study and volunteered with the supper program. Whenever her church members or family mentioned traveling, Naomi was the first to commit! She traveled both domestically and internationally, including trips to France, Germany, Austria, Egypt and Israel. Gardening and shopping were two hobbies that also gave her great pleasure.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her only son, Rodman. A dedicated mother, Naomi leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Andrea Sample Marshall of Bridgeport, CT; two grandsons, Jalen Marshall of Bridgeport; Xavier Sample of North Plainfield, NJ; two granddaughters, Maya Sample of Bridgeport, CT; Jordan Sample of North Plainfield, NJ; great granddaughter, Imani Davis of Bridgeport, CT. Naomi leaves nine to celebrate her life Beulah Benson of New Canaan, CT; Alberta (James) Addison of Lugoff, SC; Etta (Ned) Rhode of Columbia, SC; Lila (Dennis) Barnes of Philadelphia, PA: Daniel Nelson of Norwalk, CT; James Nelson, Herbert Nelson, Jerome Nelson (Margaret) and Morris Nelson all of Lugoff, SC; two aunts, Hannah Roberts of Columbia, SC and Willie Mae Brown of Lugoff, SC and a host of nephews, nieces and cousins.

Interment will take place in Sugoff, South Carolina.

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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
East End Baptist Tabernacle Church

548 Central Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06607





11:00 AM
East End Baptist Tabernacle Church

548 Central Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06607

Reverend C.L. Stallworth, officiating.


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