Donald L. Sampson, Sr. (Pee Wee) departed this life on Saturday January 5, 2019. He was born March 19, 1947 in Easton, Maryland. He was educated in the public schools of Talbot County.
Donald graduated from R.R. Moton High School in 1966. He was accepted in college at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He successfully graduated with his Bachelors of Science in Agriculture in 1971. After graduating he was hired by the Prince George’s County School System.
On March 18, 1972, he wed Anna Cephus. They were married at Union Baptist Church by Rev. William Revely. Afterwards, they relocated to Prince George’s County where Donald was employed by the school system for three years. In 1975, Donald and Candy relocated back to Easton, MD. During his tenure at R.R. Moton High School in Talbot County, he taught Carpentry for 14 years. He loved his students and loved helping people. In addition, to teaching in the school systems, he worked with Parks and Recreation. During this time, he also mentored the youth and assisted them in job placement. In 1989, Donald and Candy returned back to Prince George’s county where he was employed for the Prince George’s School system. During his career as a teacher and administrator, he was employed at the following schools in Prince George’s County: Kettering Middle, Greenbelt Middle, Eleanore Roosevelt High, Central High, Oxon Hill High, and Bladensburg High Schools. Furthermore, Donald was well known for coaching high school basketball and baseball teams. In 2012, Donald retired from Bladensburg High School as the Vice Principle. During his career, he established many lifelong relationships with students, teachers, and administrators. He loved to hear of others accomplishments and would encourage them to achieve their goals. Donald would always lend a helping hand to those in need.
Donald achieved many accomplishments. In 1971, He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from University of Maryland Eastern Shore. In 1998, He received a Masters of Education in School Administration and Supervision from Bowie State University. In addition, he received a Certificate of Merit in Recognition of outstanding contribution to the Talbot County Advisory Council on Technical Vocational Education in 1988. He was then honored by the Lift Every Voice and Sing Foundation as Educator of the year from the Comptroller Office in Baltimore, MD in 2000. Furthermore, he was presented with a plaque from Samuel T. Hemsley Lodge 974 for outstanding Leadership as Exalted Ruler from 1985 – 1989. He was also a member of the Past Exalted Ruler Council No. 76 and member of the Past Grand Exalted Ruler Council IBPOE of W. Lastly he was the President of the Tri State Association of Maryland, Delaware, and District of Columbia.
Donald loved watching sports, listening to music, and enjoying being in the presence of family. Donald was a loving husband and father. He loved us and his family loved him.
Donald leaves to cherish his memories a loving wife Anna V. Sampson (Candy); two sons Desmond D. Sampson (Des) and his wife Theresa (Tree) both of Odenton, MD; Donald L. Sampson Jr. (DJ) and his wife Latisa (Tish) both of Indian Head, MD; Three grandsons; Kristain A. Sampson (Atlanta, GA); Desmond D. Dispo (San Diego, CA), and Rashard T. Sampson (Odenton, MD); Three brothers Edward Sampson (Preston, MD); Otis Sampson and his wife Deborah both of Easton, MD; Gordon Sampson and his wife Joyce both from Upper Marlboro, MD; Eight nephews – Anthony Williams and his wife Teresa both of Easton, MD; Alfred Brooks and his wife Donna both form Herdon, VA; Calvin Sampson Jr. (Racine, Wisconsin); Otis Sampson Jr. (Inglewood, CA); Corey Sampson (Atlanta, GA); Gordon Sampson Jr. (Rockville, MD); Lenwood Sampson (Easton, MD); and Patrick Sampson (Stationed in Korea). Nine nieces – Carolyn Brooks (Washington, DC); Lorraine Brooks and Barbara Brooks (Glen Burnie, MD); Alfreda Brooks (Baltimore, MD); Sharon Brooks (Atlanta, GA); Cynthia Foscue (Cambridge, MD); Stephanie Sampson (Baltimore, MD); Lisa Sampson (Oxon Hill, MD); and Kimberly Bazemore (Clarksburg, MD) and a host of great nephews, great nieces, and relatives who were blessed to know him.
Donald is preceded in death by parents Marion and Rosetta Sampson; Sisters Dorothy Sampson and Shirley Brooks; Brothers George and Calvin Sampson Sr.; Sister- in -laws Lucretia Russell Sampson and Regina Warner Sampson.