Monte Vista Funeral Home & Memorial Park

1900 E. Oakland Ave, Johnson City, TN


Kathryn "Kathy" Jean Sample

March 21, 1935January 31, 2020
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I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Kathryn “Kathy” Jean Sample, age 84, of Johnson City, Tennessee, passed away on Friday, January 31, 2020 at Cornerstone Village of Johnson City, TN. She was born in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Bradie Shepherd and Willie Mae Blackburn Shepherd. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard D. Sample, Sr.; and one granddaughter, Nora Sample.

Kathryn was a Christian and a member of the Assemblies of God. She was a retired assembly line worker from General Motors in Rochester, NY. She loved spending time with her family, listening to music of all genres, especially Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, and Kenny Rogers. She also loved Christian music, especially Carman and Michael Combs. She was an avid reader, loved to take walks and going shopping. Kathryn was an incredibly strong woman, but tender and compassionate to everyone she met. She loved Jesus, her family, her friends and Elvis quite fiercely. She was an animated storyteller, and a beautiful soul who brought love and joy to everyone she met. She loved children and worked in church nurseries and taught Sunday school for many years. She loved her sweets and coffee. Kathryn had a beautiful smile and sweet spirit, which will be missed by all. We know she is with her Jesus enjoying her Heavenly home and waiting for us to join her there.

She is survived by one daughter, Naomi Walker and husband Gary; two sons, Howard D. Sample, Jr., and Mark Sample and wife Lauren; five grandchildren, Rebecca Hope and husband Michael, Jillian Rogers and husband Melvin, Erica Summers and husband Nathan, Nathaniel and Audrey Sample; six great grandchildren, Hannah and Zachariah Hope, Gary, Joelle and Camille Rogers, and Jacob Summers; three sisters, Madge Marcello, Edna Robinson, and Lydia Hackworth; special aunt, Josephine Steffens; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at Monte Vista Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will follow with her granddaughter Jillian Rogers officiating. A Private Committal Service and Interment will be held in the Garden of Peace at Monte Vista Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Tennessee Northeast Tennessee Office, 2319 Browns Mill Road, Suite D6, Johnson City, TN 37604.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at Cornerstone Village North and South, and to the staff of Caris Hospice for all their love and care that was shown.

Arrangements especially for Mrs. Kathryn “Kathy” Jean Sample and her family have been made through Monte Vista Funeral Home & Memorial Park, 1900 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN; 423-282-2631.


  • Naomi Walker (Gary), Daughter
  • Howard D. Sample, Jr., Son
  • Mark Sample (Lauren), Son
  • Rebecca Hope (Michael), Granddaughter
  • Jillian Rogers (Melvin), Granddaughter
  • Erica Summers (Nathan), Granddaughter
  • Nathaniel Sample, Grandson
  • Audrey Sample, Granddaughter
  • Hannah Hope, Great Granddaughter
  • Zachariah Hope, Great Grandson
  • Gary Rogers, Great Grandson
  • Joelle Rogers, Great Granddaughter
  • Camille Rogers, Great Granddaughter
  • Jacob Summers, Great Grandson
  • Madge Marcello, Sister
  • Edna Robinson, Sister
  • Lydia Hackworth, Sister
  • Josephine Steffens, Special Aunt
  • Kathryn "Kathy" Jean Sample is also survived by several nieces and nephews.



  • Visitation Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 8, 2020


  • Private Committal Service & Interment


Kathryn "Kathy" Jean Sample

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Linda Fitzpatrick

February 15, 2020

I knew Kathy as the special aunt of one of my closest friends growing up, Kathy (Marcello) Trivigno. Kathy was always a sweet, caring Christian lady. I was blessed to know her and her family.
I will be praying for Naomi, Madge, Kathy and the entire family.

Laura Summers

February 8, 2020

I met Kathy at church along with her daughter, Naomi, and granddaughters, after my family moved to Kingsport from New York... I remember when she wished me a happy birthday (unprompted and apparently just remembering the date from the year before). And that simple act made me finally feel like I was home in Tennessee... Just a small anecdote to try to say just how much of an amazing and kind-hearted person Kathy truly was. Thankfully, she instilled that same kindness and compassion into her children and grandchildren, and I am so, so thankful to have them be a part of my life. Her legacy of unconditional love, compassion, and devotion to Christ live on through her family. I cannot thank God enough for giving me the opportunity to know her and her family, and to be connected to such a person by her granddaughter and my sister-in-law, Erica, who embodies the truly loving spirit of her grandmother entirely.

I hope her family finds peace in that she is finally at peace and with her heavenly father.

Cathy LeBlanc

February 6, 2020

Kathy was a precious lady. I will always remember her laughter, smiles, and hugs. We had a great time at church functions, and trips. Kathy was always giving encouragement, smiles, and hugs. She was always there when we needed her. Kathy, I know you are in your Heavenly home. You will always be missed. We will always love you. My prayers are with your family during this time. I am so glad we crossed paths. You were a wonderful lady. I will always love, and miss you.

Sherry and Bobby Sheets

February 5, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Kathy was a inspiration and wonderful friend. Her beautiful smile could light up a room. She always told Bobby and I we were spring chickens. We love her very much and are honored to have known her. She was a great blessing to our family. You guys are in our prayers. Much love to all you guys

Susan Gilham

February 5, 2020

When I think of Kathy I think of all the good times we had at joy fellowship. She was so much fun to be with. She was smart,kind and loving. She also had a great sense of humor. I will always hold her in my heart. She was a dear friend. Love you all and may God give you peace!

Mary Greene-Hopcroft

February 3, 2020

I have so many wonderful memories with Kathy, to name some of my favorites are Missionette and Women's trips, she was always the life of the party, she made the trips so much fun.
i loved watching her praise God, it was so beautiful to see her love for Christ shine through.
She also stood her ground on things, and i remember thinking, I would love to be so sweet like her and yet tough when I needed to be.
I also remember her roller skating, she had no fear.
I lost my daddy to Alzheimer's and now my mother is in the early stages of this horrible disease.
I love you all very much, my heart and prayers are with you all.


February 3, 2020

A mes cousins et leurs familles respectives,

Je suis particulièrement touchée par ce départ, car on ne pense jamais qu'un tel évènement puisse arriver un jour.
Je pense deviner combien votre douleur est profonde, mais la vie a ses limites que nous ne sommes pas prêts à accepter.
Je n'ai malheureusement pas côtoyé KATHY puisque la vie nous a séparés tous, mais mon souvenir la concernant reste très précis : ce sera celui d'une femme gentille, généreuse, pleine d'attention et d'une grande capacité émotionnelle.
Je garderai son souvenir à jamais enfoui au plus profond de mon cœur accompagné de son sourire toujours présent.
Je vous adresse, chers cousins, mes plus vives condoléances en confirmant que celle qui reste à jamais votre "Maman", votre "Mamy" aussi pour les plus jeunes, et ma "Tante" pour ma part, inscrira dans nos cœurs éprouvés son souvenir toujours constant et plein d'amour.
Je luis dis "AUREVOIR KATHY", belle âme riche et généreuse qui a tant donné aux siens et aux autres aussi………….


Andrea Lovekamp

February 3, 2020

I always remember how patient Kathy was with kids. She had such a gentle spirit and when you talked to her she listened like what you said was important. She always made me feel special. When I think of her I remember that beautiful sweet smile and the kindest eyes. Her Godly example and her unconditional love will never be forgotten.

Greg Miller

February 1, 2020

I'm very sorry to hear of Kathy's passing. I hadn't seen Kathy for some time, but it was a blessing and a pleasure to know her and worship with her for many years. She was a true woman of God. Prayers go out to the family.