Charles L. Samples of Pueblo West, Colo., was born in Elk City, Okla., on April 14th, 1930; he passed away August 22, 2011. He is survived by his loving wife, Alice Samples; three sons, Charles (Martha) Samples, Ray (Chris) Samples and Rick (Darciann) Samples; brother, Ted Samples; sister, Jody Wise; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and many other family members. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Reta Samples; and grandson, Charlie Samples. Charles grew up in Amarillo, Texas, where he graduated from Amarillo High School, and he participated in the Golden Gloves boxing tournament. Later Charles joined the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War where he continued to box competitively. When he returned home he became an avid race car enthusiast and drove at the Amarillo Speedbowl and later won a championship at the Colorado National Speedway. Charles was a person with a strong work ethic and through hard work became Owner and President of Tompkins Bearings Inc. in Denver, Colo. In his later years Charles became the Southwest Regional Manager with NTN Bearing Corp. located in Dallas. Charles retired and enjoyed spending time working in his yard (burning up lawn mowers) in Bowie, Texas. Charles later moved to Pueblo West, Colo. and completed his 81 years. Charles' service will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, or American Lung Association through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81002. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Uncle Charles, you will be so terribly missed. I am thankful, however, that Zach and I were able to spend some time with you and Aunt Alice last June in Amarillo. There were many visits with the two of you where you graciously welcomed Randy and I into your home and then later, Randy and I and kids. We always had such a good time and truly enjoyed being around you. You were very special, such a a sweetheart. We love you and will miss you, but know that we will see you again one day. Alice, we love you dearly and will continue to keep you in our prayers.

  2. Uncle Charles, I will miss you very much, a lot of memories of you from the time I was a little girl, and how much you loved aunt Alice and how you guys were together all the time. you were a terrific person, and man who loved his family and friends with all that he did. You will always be in my thoughts and in my heart. I love you. Watch over aunt Alice and always keep her safe. Love Vikki

  3. Charles is my uncle. To me he will always be Uncle Lavon. I have many memories of him and my cousin Chuck growing up. It was usually at the holidays when I got to see him. But it was always a good time. He called me Denny Paul. After I was grown he and Alice lived just a few blocks from my Mom and Dad in Carrollton, TX. I can remember going over to their house for spaghetti and meatballs and going swimming. Those were good times. I will miss him. To Alice, my cousin Chuck and all the rest of his family I offer my condolences and my prayers for you. Uncle Lavon is with our Lord now. God Bless you!

  4. Ted, We are so sorry for your loss. We are sending prayers your way and pray God’s peace over you. Love you,
    Pam, Drew and Jewelet

  5. On behalf of Ted, I know he wanted to get to see Charles this Spring but wasn’t able to do so due to health reasons and was deeply saddened by that fact. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.

  6. I am grateful for having 16 years of knowing Mr. Charles. I love you Mrs. Alice and pray for your continued strength during this time of bereavement. Without a doubt, your husband had THE BEST caregiver in his last earthly days!

  7. Alice and family,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of Charles. I think of you often and have such good memories of being neighbors while you were in Bowie. My deepest sympathy…

  8. Oh my Uncle Charles…how I will miss you dearly. Thank you for your unconditional love. I was just telling Ricky that Uncle Dick, Dad and you are having a good time:) Love you always

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