April 14, 1930 ~ August 22, 2011
Pueblo West, CO
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