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Joseph Malcolm Sample
February 16, 1925  -  August 9, 2012


Mr. Joseph Malcolm Sample 87, of Russellville, Arkansas peacefully passed away at his home with a song in his heart on Thursday, August 9, 2012 after a long illness. He was the son of John B. and Dena (Renfro) Sample. He was born February 16, 1925.

He graduated from Ashdown High School and attended Ouachita Baptist College. Malcolm felt the call to the ministry at an early age and found that music was the way to express his faith. He graduated with a degree in music and education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

During college and afterwards he served in several churches in Arkansas including Texarkana, Bentonville, Helena, Camden, and Little Rock. His family also followed him to churches in Irving, Texas, Alexandria, Louisiana, Fort Payne, Alabama, and Memphis, Tennessee. While in Memphis he felt the call to become a pastor and took a church in Caruthersville, Missouri, and later Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He retired from the Formosa Baptist Church in Arkansas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and eight half siblings.

Malcolm is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Stella (Crownover) Sample, and his four daughters who he had really wished were as famous as the Lennon Sisters. We do pretty well not being professional singers. He left a song in our hearts too. His daughters are Sharon Sample, and Bonnie Sample of Russellville, AR; Danna Schneider of Clarksville, AR; and Susan Guetzlaff (John) of Booneville, AR; a sister, Francis Sample Withem of Ashdown, AR; and two brothers, James Alton Sample (Betty Jo) of Lecompte, Louisiana; and Harold Sample (Elizabeth) of Fort Worth, TX; His grandchildren are Carolyn Goforth Nunnally (Matthew) of Searcy, AR; Scott Goforth of Russellville, AR; Leah Schneider Doerflinger (Ian) of Fayetteville, AR; Liz Schneider of Conway, AR; Andy Kirn of Hot Springs, AR; and Holly Kirn Jarvis (Paul) of Galveston, TX; Then of course there was the apple of his great-grandpa's eye, the only great-grandchild (as yet), Xander Nunnally.

Pallbearers will be his nephews and Honorary Pallbearers will be the members of Formosa Baptist Church.

Special thanks go to his hospice aide, Jane Parker. She showed such love and compassion. We are all indebted to her. We also want to thank the other people from the Arkansas Health Department Hospice who made ths transition smoother.

Dad had a long life of dedication to singing and preaching his faith. He leaves behind a host of family and friends who sing his praises and can just imagine him leading angel-song into eternity.

The family will greet friends and family at 10:00am Tuesday, August 14, 2012 prior to the Funeral Service at 11:00am at Formosa Baptist Church with Pastor Earl Goatcher officiating. Burial will follow at Union Hill Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to the Arkansas Baptist Children's Home's Family Ministeries at

Funeral Arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton, Arkansas. Online guest book:

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