Debra Jean Sampson

June 15, 1951March 4, 2018

Debra Jean Sampson, age 66, of Estero, Fla., passed away suddenly on March 4, 2018. Debra was born June 15, 1951, in Charleston, W.Va., to Erma F. McClanahan and the late Sanford R. Stallard Sr.

She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Daniel W. Sampson, whom she met in junior high school; daughter, Daria, and son-in-law, Aaron McDougall, of Boston, Mass.; son, Roman Sampson, and his fiancée, Kristin Medlin, of Charlotte, N.C.; her brothers, Mark Stallard and Sanford R. Stallard Jr.; as well as many cousins. She was preceded in death by her infant sister, Olga.

Debra was a thoughtful, understanding life companion to her husband and wonderful, nurturing mother to their children. She had a Master's in Russian Literature, was fluent in Russian, taught English to Russians and helped many adoptive families. She worked in local politics, helping obtain funding for a neighborhood park, volunteered for FEMA and was an active Master Gardener in several states. Debra loved travel and foreign cultures and could get anyone's life history in 15 minutes. Debra never passed up an opportunity to help those in need and touched many lives. She leaves behind many loved ones and friends who miss her greatly, including her pets, Buddy, Bailey, Uki and Cricket.

A memorial service for Debra will be held June 15 at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens in Cross Lanes, W.Va., with interment following in the McClanahan family cemetery.


  • Memorial Service Friday, June 15, 2018

Debra Jean Sampson

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beth moore

May 16, 2018

Saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking. My deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Debra. May you find comfort in knowing that our heavenly Father knows the heartbreak of loss and is here for us as he promised at Isaiah 43:2 "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, And through the rivers, they will not flood over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame singe you."   Although death is the most heartbreaking experience we will ever face we are not left without hope.  God promises to bring our loved ones back to life through a resurrection as he promised at, Isaiah 25:8 " He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces."  How we long for that truly special day to embrace them again!