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Sampson L. Berry Sr.

February 15, 1944 ~ March 28, 2020 (age 76)


A private service for immediate family will be held to celebrate the life of Mr. Sampson Berry Sr., of Warrenton, GA

The Life, The Legacy, and Memory of Sampson L. Berry, Sr.

Mr. Sampson L. Berry, Sr. son of the late Ed and Hattie Berry, was born on February 15, 1944. He passed away peaceably on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

Samp, a sharecropper’s son was raised in the corn fields and cotton fields of Norwood Ga. He attended Warren County Schools. At an early age he married Ms. Lessie M. Landers.  The couple had a son,  Sampson Lewis Berry, Jr,  who preceded him in death. He had a stepdaughter, Janet and two so, Leon and Klenn. 

Samp Berry started a working career at  Uniroyal Factory in Thomson Ga  and ended his career at Timberman Co in Silver Town, Ga,  but for most of his life, he was an entrepreneur and gained his nickname early on as “750” when he opened his own business. “750” was his CB handle, His disco handle, and his downtown business name was even named  “750 Fish Store” . Samp always had a business in Warren County. He worked various jobs over the years,  but he especially loved his hobbies of fishing, hunting with ‘coon dogs’, training horses, and don’t forget he was a Civil Rights leader in Mayfield GA riding his “750”  motorcycle on the sandy lakes of Mayfield.  Thus, his nickname became… Samp Berry 750.  Samp was an early visionary, and one of the original “Black Panthers”  for social justice. He had a kind heart and his generosity was known throughout the CSRA.

At an early age, he gave his life to Christ and joined Rocky Branch Baptist Church where his family heritage began.

Samp was predeceased by his mother Hattie Berry, his father Ed Berry, brother Earl, sister Edith, brother Emil, his son Samp, Jr, and one grandson Collin.

Samp’s life will forever be cherished in the lives of his family:  Two brothers, Gardner (Willie Bell) and Charles (Ophelia), two Sisters Eddie Mae (Charlie), and  ILean (Donald), and sister in law, Ms. Annie Berry. His legacy will be carried on by his grandchildren Fantasia, SanRecus, Antwon, Taylor, Babyboy Roshod, Jasmine, Nichelle, Micael, Taneisha,  Bryan,  Brandon, his great grandchildren, a devoted companion Ms. Carolyn Gibben, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that will always remember him as, Daddy, GrandPa, PaPa, “Samp, “750”,  the fish man, the café man, but most importantly as Samp Berry.

Services entrusted to Dawson’s Mortuary ~98 Hopgood St. Warrenton, GA.

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