Reverend’s life remembered

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DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — A beloved reverend died while trying to set up Christmas decorations.

Sunday, Bryan Sampson was on the roof hanging lights, when he slipped and fell off. He died from his injuries Tuesday.

Sampson’s wife says she has heard from at least 300 people, a lot of whom she has never met.

“It’s been hard,” says Jessica Sampson. “It’s been amazing because a lot of people I don’t know have reached out to me.”

Sampson was a reverend, a contractor and the oldest of three. Since his death, his brothers have been taking care of his church and handyman service. They got to see firsthand the people Simpson impacted the most.

“He had that type of impact on most people he talked about,” says his youngest brother Keith Sampson. “He loved the lord, he loved people. He wanted to help them and make an impact in their lives. I’m proud of him.”

“It makes you feel good,” says middle brother Stephen Sampson. “To hear that your brother is doing this kind of thing, on the job, off the job, in his community. It’s really impressive and really important to me.”

His family says he was a man of many passions including tea, the Baltimore Ravens, and ’69 Road Runners. Jessica says the kind words have helped her keep going.

“His laugh was contagious,” says Jessica Sampson. “Everybody that met him just loved him. He was one of a kind and I was the luckiest women on Earth.”

The family will have a viewing Monday from 4-7 p.m. at the Danville First Church of the Nazarene. Bryan Sampson’s funeral will then be Tuesday at 11 a.m.

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