Thomas Eugene 'Samp' Taylor
Mon, 01/27/2014 - 1:20pm Staff
Funeral for Thomas Eugene "Samp" Taylor, 61, Bremerton, Wash., will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. James Baptist Church, 714 SW 45th Street.
Mr. Taylor died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Bremerton, Wash.
Interment will be at Fort Sill National Cemetery under direction of Whinery-Huddleston Funeral Service.
Taylor was born on Oct. 31, 1952, in Lawton to Clarence "Skinny" Jones and Frances Taylor Thomas. Samp was raised and attended Dunbar Elementary, Tomlinson Junior High and graduated from Lawton High School. He united at an early age at Christ Temple Pentecostal Church in Lawton. He was a dedicated member of Christ Temple, where he was an active member in the youth department. During high school, for a big man (Tom was affectionately called Biggen by his mom), Tom was an excellent athlete and an avid baseball player who played for the "Lawton Pepsi's." After high school Tom joined the United States Army ,where he served in Okinawa, Japan, until he was honorably discharged in 1973. After his discharge, he attended Okmulgee Tech in Okmulgee to become a welder. Upon graduation as a certified welder, Tom moved to Seattle, Wash., to pursue his goal as a certified welder. Tom was rated and hired as a naval welder at Puget Sound Naval Ship Yard in Bremerton, Wash.
Tom traveled around the world to exotic places like Singapore, Hawaii, Guam, France, Scotland and Great Britain and many places untold. Tom leaves a legacy of many friends at the ship yard and in the greater Bremerton-Seattle area. His home was always open to all of his friends. They would come over to toms and borrow some of his equipment and simply leave him a note: "Tom I borrowed the weed eater or borrowed the lawn mower, will bring it back tomorrow." At the shipyard, Tom was constantly recognized by the leadership for his excellent work where he went above and beyond the call of duty to get the job done. He labored on ships and vessels for 35 five years and 11 days before he retiring in September 2013.
Tom never stopped learning. While working as a welder, Tom obtained his Bachelor of Science in International Studies from the University of Puget Sound. Tom had an artistic side to him as well. He was an avid gardener and naturist. His yard was always immaculate, and he had a knack of building beautiful raised flower and vegetable beds. Neighbors constantly admired his handy work. One of Tom's last acts of building was building above ground flower and vegetable beds for his mother. He and his mother were so very close, in both age and relationship. He loved his mother very much. He was gentle spirit until you messed with his mother. Tom was also a country boy at heart. He enjoyed fishing and raised chickens at his home where he was constantly building coops for his chickens and hens. His favorite rooster, "Red," will be interred with him.
Addition to his work as a welder, Tom worked as a counselor with troubled youth. He spent many hours trying to give hope into the lives the troubled youth in the Seattle area. Tom had many friends. One of his favorite passages in the bible is the Apostle Paul's exhortation in Romans 12:18: "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men."I have known Tom all of my life and I have yet to see him feud, fuss or get angry with anyone."
Tom was preceded in death by his dad; a sister, Rose Ione Jones; and his dear niece, Kidada Bentley.
Survivors include his mother and best friend, Frances Thomas; four brothers: Carlos Sherelene of Lawton, James Bernita of Lawton, Ivan of Lawton and Ezra of Federal Way, Wash; his aunts: Rosie Butcher of Tulsa and Doris Weaver of Los Angeles; his nephews: James Taylor Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va., Carlos Taylor Jr. of Fort Hood, Texas, and Ivan Thomas Jr. of Lawton; his nieces: Myra Robert of Hopewell, Va; Ashley Taylor; Brittany Taylor, of Virginia Beach, Va.; Hannah Taylor of Prince George, Va.; and host of cousins and dear friends.
An online guest book may be signed and condolences sent by visiting www.whineryhuddleston.com.