Sally Odell Shofner Sample

Sally Odell Shofner Sample, 86, of Shelbyville, Texas, passed away on December 26, 2017 in Center. She was born on February 23, 1931 in Shelbyville. Funeral services for Mrs. Sample will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gordon Vaughn officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park. 
A visitation will be held from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Mangum Funeral Home Chapel.
Odell grew up in Shelbyville and graduated from Shelbyville High School. She took pride in being a virtuous woman who truly loved her Lord and Savior. Odell was a living example of what a woman of God should be for her husband and for her family. She loved, supported, cared for and stood beside the love of her life, P.O. Sample for 67 years until his passing. She was passionate about serving her family to the best of her ability and made sure to always be available for them no matter the circumstances. Odell was a fantastic Grandma to her entire crew and each one was a special sparkle in her eye. 
Odell loved to work outside in the flower beds and mowing her yard. She also enjoyed sewing and making clothes for others. If Odell wasn’t outside taking in God’s beautiful creations, she would definitely be found in the kitchen cooking up a scrumptious meal. She was famous for her fried chicken and her chicken and dumplings. 
Odell was a member of Shelbyville First Baptist Church. 
Odell is survived by her children, Cathy Brittain of Shelbyville, Debbie Snider and husband, Billy of Center, and Larry Sample and wife, Debbie of Center; grandchildren, Rodney Brittain of Shelbyville, Nikki Brittain of Richmon, Jill Jefferson and husband, Keith of Shelbyville, Karen Liker and husband, Jason of Center, Bridget Kirkwood and husband, Donny of Salado, Matt Snider and wife, Mallory of Center, Pat Sample of Center, Stephanie Harkness and husband, Justin of Center, Ashley Hayes of Houston, Mary Alford and husband, Wayne of Timpson, Christopher Peurifoy and wife, Becky of Longview; great-grandchildren, Aaron, Jesse, Jake and Ariel Liker, Trace Brittain, Logan and Morgan Jefferson, Cyper and Tolan Harkness, Bronson and Bryanna Sample and Braylyn, Millie Sims, Garrett Kirkwood, Mason Snider, Bella and Mackee Alford, and Caleb Peurifoy; sisters, Vivian Hamaker and husband, CJ of Shreveport and Billie Corder and husband, Charles of Shreveport; brother, Joe Shofner and wife, Shirley of Center; sister-in-law, Joann Shofner of Shelbyville; brothers-in-law, Doug Sample and wife, Myrtle of Pittsburg, Donald Sample and wife, Deloris of Quitman, Ronnie Sample and wife, Deborah of Jasper.
Pallbearers will be Pat Sample, Matt Snider, Aaron Liker, Logan Jefferson, Keith Jefferson, Jake Liker, and Jesse Liker.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Affinity Hospice, Latham Cemetery, or Pine Grove Nursing Home. 
The family is being served by Mangum Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit

2A D1 Bracket

2022 UIL Texas Football State Championships

2A D2 Bracket

2022 UIL Texas Football State Championships

4A D2 Bracket

2022 UIL Texas Football State Championships

Roughriders Sports

Family Features

Loading Family Features Content Widget
Loading Family Features Article