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1943 Carol 2023

Carol Rector Sampsell

June 5, 1943 — January 19, 2023

   Carol Rector Sampsell, 79, of 1701 Arapahoe Trail, Edenton, NC, died Thursday, January 19, 2023 in her home where she was cared for by her husband.

   Mrs. Sampsell was born in McDowell County, West Virginia on June 5, 1943, and was the last surviving of 15 children born to the late Walter and Mazella Basham Rector. In addition to her parents and siblings, she was preceded in death by her only child, James Francis Sampsell, II.

   A homemaker, since moving to Chowan County after her husband’s retirement, she had faithfully attended Chowan Christian Fellowship.

   Surviving is her husband, Johnny Ray “John” Sampsell; and several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

   Funeral services will be held Monday, January 23rd, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Miller Funeral Home & Crematory, 735 Virginia Road, Edenton, and will be conducted by her pastor, The Reverend Thomas Gregory. A private burial will be held in Beaver Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family in the funeral home immediately following the service.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern North Carolina Alzheimer’s Association, 5171 Glenwood Ave., Suite 101, Raleigh, NC 27612.

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Monday, January 23, 2023

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Miller Funeral Home & Crematory

735 Virginia Road, Edenton, NC 27932

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