Ray Samples, 91, of Elkin, passed away Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Mr. Samples was born Oct. 26, 1927, in Gwinnett County, Ga., to Jack and Essie James Samples.
Ray was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. He was a member of Cool Springs Baptist Church for over 60 years, where he served as Sunday school teacher, treasurer, and served on the building expansion committee.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Susan Samples, and his sisters and brothers-in-law, Grace and Buck Bruce and Ruthie and Leo Coggins.
Survivors include: his wife, Dixie Carter Samples of the home; a son, Carter Ray Samples and wife, Kathy, of Elkin; his grandchildren, Josh Samples and wife, Amy, and Luke Samples and wife, Angel; and his great-grandchildren, Tate Michael Samples, Jace Ray Samples and Porter Beck Samples.
Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Cool Springs Baptist Church, with the Rev. Joe Souther and Pastor Brian Cardwell officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery, with full military honors provided by the U.S. National Guard Honor Guard and Yadkin VFW Post 10346. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Flowers will be appreciated or memorials may be made to Cool Springs Baptist Church, 1467 Cool Springs Church Road, Elkin, N.C. 28621.
Online condolences may be made at www.elkinfuneralservice.com. Services have been entrusted to Elkin Funeral Service.