November 18, 1992 ~ June 5, 2001

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

Samantha Leigh Radford, 8, daughter of Janet King Radford and Charles Eugene “Gene” Radford, Jr., of 10 Holly Hill Court, Asheville, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 5, 2001.

Samantha was born in Buncombe County and was a member of Beulah Baptist Church. She was a second grade student at West Buncombe Elementary School. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Charles Eugene Radford, Sr., and Patsy Radford Dotson and Jesse Dal Dotson.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her maternal grandparents, Esta Lee King and James Clifford King, both of Leicester; her maternal great-grandparents, Toney and Edith Plemmons of Spring Creek; a special aunt, Jessie Goforth; uncles and aunts, Donnie and Pam Frisbee, Lee and Mary Ellen Southard, Carlton and Suzette Radford, Gerald and Sandra Dotson, David and Greta Dotson, and Stan and Kim Dotson; cousins, Kelli and Stephanie Frisbee, Adam and Krystal Southard, Vanessa and April Radford, Kim Bradley, and Kris, Kregg, Kelly, Jessica, and Dana Dotson.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon Thursday at Beulah Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Johnny Tiller officiating, assisted by the Rev. Anthony Greene. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church and at other times will be at the home of Esta Lee King, 3295 New Leicester Highway. Memorials may be made to the Transplant Fund, Carolinas Medical Center, Attn: Arlene Jacob, PO Box 32861, Charlotte, NC 28232. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is in charge of the arrangements.

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  1. Our deepest sympathy to all of Samantha’s family and friends. Samantha was in Kyle’s kindergarten class, she was always sweet and kind to all of her classmates. She will be greatly missed.

  2. Samantha was such a blessing to us. She was truly a special light in this world and will always be in our hearts. We wanted to let you know that our thoughts are with you.


    David and Greta

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.Samantha was truly an inspiration as we use to see her everyday at A Child’s Place.She will be missed.Many prayers go out to Janet and Gene. You are truly wonderful parents and you had a very beautiful daughter. Love and prayers, Angie & Stacie Smith

  4. Our love and prayers are with you. Samantha is a precious part of our family. I will always remember the smile on her face when she held Katie the day you visited at Gashes Creek. We love her very much and will miss her greatly. We love you also.
    Kim, Tommy and Katie

  5. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this very difficult time. If there is anything we can do please let us know.
    Love & prayers,
    Johnny & Teresa Edwards

  6. Dear Gene and Janet:
    What a blessing it was to know Samantha and to share such wonderful memories of her. She was such a fighter and what a life she lived to set an example to others. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you and your family.
    Our love,
    Barry, Joy and Taylor Eller

  7. We cannot possibly say anything that is either comforting or fitting beyond the fact that God’s Will prevails and his plan is perfect. In him we must place our trust and believe that your loss will be glorified through Christ. Our love and prayers are with you.

  8. Love and prayers to you and the family. I work for NC DOT and Esta Lee is a dear friend and loving person. She always shared stories about the grandchildren and since her retirement we hadn’t heard any news on Samantha. My condolences.

  9. Mr. and Mrs. Radford,
    I remember Samantha beginning Kindergarten and always sharing her beautiful smile. She was a blessing to all of us there. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you.

    Yvette Haney
    West Buncombe Elem.


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