Edwin Wright Samples

Born:  Oct. 25, 1927 Passed: June 28, 2021
He was preceded in death by his father, John Henry Samples and his beloved mother, Pearl Wright Samples. Also preceding him in death were: brothers J.H. Samples and Kenneth Samples; sister, Elizabeth Faye Samples Lowther; nephew, Mike Lowther; and niece, Faye Marie Samples.
Edwin is survived by his soul mate of thirty years, Jean Carr of Sulphur, a few nieces and nephews and a host of beloved friends in the Dougherty and Sulphur communities.
Edwin lived all his life on his beloved farm south of Dougherty, with the exception of a few years in Sulphur where he attended public school. He continued his studies at ECU in Ada and OU in Norman. Edwin spent the days and weeks, when he could be parted from the farm, with Jean Carr as mentioned above.
This was a Chickasaw land allotment given through the Dawes Act to his mother. There, he raised cattle and had a pecan orchard. He improved the orchard by grafting a variety of pecans. The pecans He produced were so large, when given a bag of them, a doctor at Dean McGee Eye Clinic exclaimed “pecans on steroids!” He planted a few hundred of these . . . . all to be grafted . . . . in his pecan orchard.
It was anyone’s  guess, even his, as to which he loved most. That or learning . . . . always saying he wanted “to go back to college to learn more.” Those who knew him knew he never slowed down in any of the above endeavors.
He had dear and beloved friends, like Pam Staggs and Cara Biggs, (the ‘Creek Girls’ whose land was separated from his by a creek.) Equally beloved to him was Roy Rogers, who was his long-time friend but, also unofficial overseer of both cattle, farm and pecans. Hubert Fultz was a life-long friend and father of Edwin’s god-daughter, Gwen Fultz Wright. Edwin and Jean became even closer when her son, Robert Goodfellow Jr., lived with Jean and helped Edwin at the farm which he loved until he too, passed from this life.
Edwin was a Chickasaw Elder and the tribe was a blessing to him always, especially when their social worker, Cheryl Willis, was so helpful. Doctors provided by the tribe also afforded him much love and support for many years.
Edwin and those who loved/love him are so grateful to them.
We are also grateful to Kathy Pinkston Tidwell, a local and noted historian, who wrote about Edwin’s great-grandfather Mazeppa Turner who  “discovered” Turner Falls and was an early day member of the Oklahoma State Legislature.
There are so many stories to tell about Edwin and his family. We are so grateful for his family. His sister Faye was very well known in Murray County. We must stop somewhere, but where? That is the question! Kathy, I leave it to you now!
The place and time for a celebration of Edwin’s life will be announced later.

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