Howard James Sampson

howard sampson

July 24, 1946 ~ January 1, 2024

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Howard James Sampson, 77, of Asheville, passed away Monday, January 1, 2024 at Mission Hospital.

A native of Buncombe County, Howard was a son of the late Charlie Dewitt Sampson and Estelle Rogers Sampson. He was also preceded in death by his brothers Harold, Harley, Herbert and Hubert Sampson.

Mr. Sampson was a Vietnam Veteran of the U.S. Army. He retired from Austin Power Company.

Surviving is his wife, Madie Ellen Anders Sampson; daughters, Janet Littrell (Jeff) and Madie Melton (Bryant); grandchildren, Jeremy Littrell, Kevin Melton and Scott Melton; brother, Hal Sampson; and numerous nephews and nieces.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 8 at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9 at the Western Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery.


Visitation: January 8, 2024 6:00 pm - January 2, 2024 8:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Service: January 9, 2024 2:00 pm

Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


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  1. I am so sorry about the passing of Howard. I am very thankful for many wonderful memories of Howard that I will cherish forever. May God comfort each of you during this difficult time as only He can.

  2. Am so sorry Ellen, Janet, and Madie. Howard was a great and kind man. Our prayers go out to you all.

  3. Great loss for everyone. Always there for anyone who needed a helping hand. He loved greatly and will missed. Thoughts and prayers for the entire family

  4. Ellen this is Slick Owensby Pat’s brother my heart aches for y’all Howard was so good to me wanted y’all to know you’re in my thoughts and prayers

  5. I am so sorry to hear this. My prayers are with the family. Ellen I have such good memories of you and Howard. Jr. and I always enjoyed seeing and talking to you all. May God bless you and your family in the coming days.
    Love Judy Taylor

  6. May God wrap the family in comfort. I remember Howard as a very young child. He was so sweet. Such a great loss to everyone who knew and loved him

  7. May God wrap the family in comfort. I remember Howard as a very young child. He was so sweet. Such a great loss to everyone who knew and loved him. May he rest in heavenly peace.

  8. Howard was a good man. I remember he was Assistant Chief when I was a volunteer at the Woodfin Volunteer Fire Department.

  9. I’m so sorry for your loss Ellen, Madie and Janet. Clifton, Eric and I know how you feel right now. If you guys need anything let us know. There are a lot of fond memories of our families together. With love and prayers. Clifton, Lynn and Eric

  10. Ellen, our love and prayers are with you and the family. Words cannot express how sad we are and how much we will miss Howard (“Powder Man” as Dad called him), but I know it doesn’t come close to how you and the girls feel. We will always cherish the memories of Howard and the friendship with Mom and Dad. You are precious to us and we are here for you. Much love and prayers! Stephanie Cole Whitaker

  11. Dear Ellen,
    We just read where Howard passed away. You have our deepest sympathy,in your loss. Seems like it is always the saddest around the holidays, but when the Lord calls them home, we have to let them go. We lost Shirley Dec. 12 but she had been wanting to go be with Earl ever since he passed away but she had a stroke on Dec. 11 so she got her wish. She had a good funeral & had a little smile on her lips. Again our sympathy.

  12. I worked with Howard in the late 90s into early 2000 at Austin Powder. He was a wonder man that tucked me under his wing and taught me so much about the industry and was a good friend. You will be missed very much ole buddy. God speed.

  13. There’s no words to describe what a great loss this is. He was such a good man. With tears I am on my knees praying for you girls, I can only imagine how devastating this is to you all.

  14. Dear Ellen and girls,
    You all are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you the comfort you need during this time. We love you all!

  15. Ellen I am some for the loss of HOWARD my heart and my prayers are with you. HOWARD and his whole family we grew up like family and my heart is broken. My prayers are with you. With all my love sondra chambers

  16. May God wrap his loving arms around the family in this time of need. We love you guys very much and here if you need anything ❤️. I have such good memories of Howard and Ellen and the girls that I still think so much of.

  17. Ellen, We were sorry to hear about Howard as you know the Sampson boys and Clement kids were more than cousins growing up together and spending a lot of time together. Howard was one of those few people that was liked by everyone who met him. He was always ready to lend a hand to anyone in need. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Jean Brookshire & Martha Wright

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