James Samples

James Nelson "Jim" Samples

Sunday, January 14th, 1945 - Monday, July 1st, 2019
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James “Jim” Nelson Samples, Sr., 74, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 1, 2019. He was born on January 14, 1945 in Fairfield, AL and was the son of the late James G. and Montine H. Samples.

He leaves behind his cherished and beloved wife of 52 years, Beverly Samples; his loving children; Rhonda and Joseph Gelardi, James N. Samples, Jr., and Kenneth Samples and Deanne Canieso; his three awesome grandchildren, Dominick, Jacob, and Delaney Gelardi; and his sister, Catherine Thurston.

Jim was a graduate of The Citadel in 1967. He served in the US Army for three years and was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with a V for Valor. After returning home from Vietnam he decided to continue service to his country with the FBI. He was a Special Agent for 27 years and received commendations from every director of the FBI from J. Edgar Hoover to Louis Freeh.

The family would like to express our sincerest and heart felt gratitude to all the wonderful people who cared for Dad for the past three years; Alicia (Dad's Tinker Bell), Regina, Shante, Beth, Elsa, Tanice, Shanita, Pastor James, Al, and the team at Kindred Hospice.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Graham Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1112 Kemspville Road, Chesapeake. At the request of the family in lieu of flowers please consider contributions to the Parkinson’s Foundation at Please visit to view the service and to leave a condolence to the family.
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    Friday, July 12th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, July 12th, 2019 11:00am
    Graham Funeral Home
    1112 Kempsville Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
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Skip Wallace

Posted at 12:11pm
The first time I met Nelson he said to me, "Skip, it should be easy for you to remember my name." We had recently returned to the states after serving as missionaries in South Africa for 11 years. He figured that my recent service in South Africa with Nelson Mandela being the president would help me remember his name. He was right.

I also remember the last time I spent private time with Nelson. He was still able to get out and about a bit, but couldn't come to church much due to Parkinson's, so we met for lunch. Our conversation at lunch lasted longer than the lunch. We talked about many things, with faith being prominent in the mix. His faith was important to him.

Bev and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Take courage, Nelson is more alive now than he ever was on earth!

Tom Blades

Posted at 08:20pm
I worked with Jim as a young agent while i was assigned to Norfolk and learned so many things from him. My sincerest condolences to the family.

Nancy Clackum

Posted at 07:43pm
Heartfelt sympathy for Beverly and the family of Nelson Samples. I am a distant cousin of Nelson's, and it was at his mother's funeral that I saw him for the first time in many years. May God give you comfort and peace and fill your hearts with love.
Nancy Clackum

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