ULYSSES EDWARD SAMPSON
Ulysses Edward Sampson, age 86 of Young Harris, GA passed away Tuesday, March 9, 2010 in Chatuge Regional Hospital following an extended illness. He was born October 21, 1923 in Towns County, the son of the late William Perry Sampson and Cora Bell Howell Sampson. He was a lifelong resident of Towns County, and a Deacon of Old Union Baptist Church, having been ordained in West Union Baptist where he served as Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent and Choir Director for many years. He served as Choir Director at Old Brasstown Baptist for 5 years, and at Old Union for 14 years.
He was a veteran of World War II serving from August 19, 1943 - January 25, 1946. He served with the 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Division, as a rifleman in New Guinea, the Philippines, and Japan, also working with occupational troops, receiving these medals: Combat Infantryman Badge - Rifle Exp; Good Conduct Medal; WWII Victory Medal; Asiatic Pacific Service Medal with Bronze Stars; Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star & Bronze arrowhead; Ruptured Duck WWII Honorable Discharge Lapel Pin.
After returning home he furthered his education by attending Young Harris College, North Georgia College in Dahlonega, GA and Western Carolina University with a Master of Arts in Education. He taught 13 years in elementary school, first at Gum Log School (two-teacher school) and Young Harris Elementary. He served almost 20 years on the Towns County Board of Education. He retired from working at Young Harris, GA Post office in 1988.
He is survived by his Wife, Dorothy Greene Sampson of 61 years, Son and daughter-in-law Melvin Edward Sampson and Claire of Conyers, GA; granddaughter Chloe Elizabeth Sampson of Dallas, GA; Son and daughter-in-law Philip Lanier Sampson and Teresa of Young Harris, GA; granddaughter Brittany Lee. Sampson of Young Harris, GA; one step-granddaughter Sydney Stowe of Dallas, GA; one sister Lois Rogers of Hiawassee, GA; nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
A funeral service was held Friday, March 12, 2010 2:00 p.m. at Old Union Baptist Church, with Rev. Jimmy Rogers, Rev. James Paul, Rev. Jimmy Hogsed; music by R. Terry Hooper; Pallbearers Burt Rogers, Gene Rogers, Lamar Sampson, Wilfred Davis, Mike Stephens, David Rogers; Honorary: Bryan Bryson, Ernie Sellers, Thomas Wood. Interment in Old Union Church Cemetery with US National Guard conducting military honors: TAPS was played by son Melvin E. Sampson. The family received friends at Old Union Church Thursday night from 6:15 to 10:00 p.m.
Banister Funeral Home of Hiawassee in charge of arrangements.