Larry's Story

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Larry Dee Sample was born August 27, 1941 to Lloyd and Georgaleen Sample in Dallas, Texas. He passed away November 1, 2016 in Tyler, Texas. Larry is survived by his wife of 18 years, Martha Sample, his daughters; Lisa Sample Bellah and husband Quinton, and Melanie Stovall and husband Lenny, his sons; Troy Sample and wife Dawn, Michael Lowry, Patrick Lowry and wife Jamie; his sister; Judy Wallace and husband Rodney, Granddaughters; Chloe Sample, Aliza and Lila Bellah, Grandsons; Austin Sample, Bryan and Scott Stovall, and Brady Lowry, his uncle, O.T. Estes, his Aunt, Flora Mae Cox, as well as a niece and nephew Beth and Bret Wallace.
He is preceded in death by both of his parents.
Larry graduated Sunset High School in 1959 and went on to attend college at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he graduated with his bachelor's degree in 1963. During his life he was a computer programmer, insurance executive, Mayor of a Dallas Suburb called The Colony, owner of an insurance agency, and he retired in 2003 as a Math teacher and track coach from Trinidad ISD. One of his many loves was to announce football games; he always had a way of making them fun and unique. Larry was known for really caring about his students and helping them succeed not only academically but physically as well- he even took his track team to state one year.
Larry loved his telescopes and gardening, he enjoyed doing photography and even won a few awards for his photos. Larry loved his family but he especially loved his animals. His dog " Hammydog" was his backbone when recovering from a stroke, and his cat "Midnight" kept him living longer because he loved him so much. Larry felt so blessed to be a member of Athens Life Fellowship Church and was enjoying the unwavering support he was receiving from his Life Group. Larry was a blessing to so many and will be missed dearly.
A memorial service has been scheduled on Saturday November 5, 2016 at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home at 10:00A.M. If you would like you may send flowers or make a donation in his memory to The American Heart Association at http://honor.americanheart.org/goto/larrydeesample.
If you would like to leave a message of condolence or light a candle for the family you may do so at www.carroll-lehr.com.
Published on November 3, 2016
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