Ferrell Ephriam Sampson, a longtime Pendleton resident, passed away Friday morning, April 26th, 2013, at a Pendleton care facility. He was 89 years old.
Viewing will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 30th, 2013, at Burns Mortuary in Pendleton. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton chapel, with interment to follow at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton. Following the interment, a luncheon will be held at the Pendleton Eagles Lodge #28, 435 S.E. First Street, Pendleton, OR 97801. Contributions in memory of Ferrell Sampson may be made payable to Burns Mortuary of Pendleton to help with final expenses, and may be sent to Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.
Ferrell Ephriam Sampson was born December 18, 1923, to Norman P. and Lizzi Bell (Wolfer) Sampson in Joseph, Oregon. He attended grade school through high school in Joseph then moved with his family to McKay Creek, where he was raised. As an adult Ferrell moved to Pendleton, Oregon. On August 26, 1947, he married Gladys Sloan in Pendleton. That marriage ended amicably on August 26, 1972. On April 13, 1974, he married Lynn Carnes in Pendleton, Oregon. They made their home in Pendleton where they raised their children. The couple later divorced in 1999, and remained best friends.
Ferrell owned and operated Sampson Excavating Service for 60 years. In his younger years Ferrell loved to rodeo. He traveled the Pacific Northwest to different rodeos to compete as a bull rider. Ferrell was a talented musician. He could play the guitar, the fiddle and harmonica and had enjoyed playing with the Blue Mountain Fiddlers for many years. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #28 in Pendleton.
Ferrell is survived by his ex-wife and best friend Lynn Sampson of John Day, Ore.; sons Jesse James Sampson of Pendleton, Ore., and Keith Paul Quaempts of Gilbert, Ariz.; and daughters Ginger Sampson-Whitsett of Kennewick, Wash., Debra Carnes of Pendleton, Ore., Cynthia Sampson-Cecil of Pilot Rock, Ore., and Annie Q. Flores of Dana Point, Calif., as well as 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, and many friends.