Charles Thomas ‘Junior’ Sample Jr., 49

Charles Thomas “Junior” Sample Jr., 49, was born on Nov. 2, 1968, in Lewes, Del., to the late Charles Thomas Sample Sr. and to Frances Purnell Sample, who survives him. He was unexpectedly called to rest on June 24, 2018, while at home in Selbyville, Del.

Sample was employed by Sussex County, where he worked as an inspector for 15 years. He was a graduate of Indian River High School’s Class of 1986, and attended the Dagsboro Church of God.

Sample was a loving and devoted father to his daughter, Jakayla, #21, and his son, Jaryn, #12, who were both involved in baseball. He was an avid baseball coach, both on and off the field. He coached both of his children’s teams, and he was the visionary and founder of Every Swing Counts “ESC” (Effort, Service, Character) Baseball Academy.

Sample had a passion for cars, motorcycles, dirt bikes and speed. Many of his weekends were spent at the track, where he enjoyed watching the car races. He was the president and founder of I Am My Brother’s Keeper Highway (motorcycle) Ministry. His smile and fun-loving personality was infectious and lit up the atmosphere everywhere he went. He was a humble and dear friend to many, always offering up a prayer and words of encouragement to others.

Sample is survived by his mother, Frances Sample of Selbyville; his two children, Jakayla Sample and Jaryn Sample of Delmar, Del.; three siblings, Linda Collins of Millsboro, Del., James Purnell and his wife, George Anna, of Frankford, Del., and Margot Tingle of Newark, Del.; his love, Jennifer Tripp, and her three children, all of Bridgeville, Del.; an uncle, Bobby Purnell and his wife, Phyllis; two aunts, Kathleen Purnell of Millsboro, Del., and Naomi Westcott of Frankford; a godson, Teron Tyre of Showell, Md.; and a host of other family members and friends.

A celebration of his life was scheduled for June 30, 2018, at the Dagsboro (Del.) Church of God, followed by burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Condolences may be sent online at