Samson, Jr., Riley William

10/10/2004

May 23, 1933 - Oct. 10, 2004
 
Riley SaMson was born May 23, 1933 in Harrisonburg, Louisiana and died on December 10, 2004 in Shreveport. He is survived by his wife, Tommie; a daughter, Rachel; a son, Raphael; a brother, Elbert L. Samson; a sister, Iva Franks; a grandson; and four step grandchildren.
Riley served in the U.S. Army; he served churches in the United Church of Christ, The United Presbyterian Church, and worked as an educational psychologist before he began his ministry in the Louisiana Conference. He served at Lutcher, Pollock, Liberty Chapel, Oak Grove (Natchitoches), Atlanta and Sanders Chapel.
Riley had a rich and full life. In addition to his ministry in the three denominations and a career in psychology, he wrote and published a number of poems and books over the years.
Riley had a strong, positive mental attitude that influenced others and made him a survivor of cancer and overcomer of life’s challenges. He made a significant contribution to the church and to the world.
William L. Youngblood
Source: 2005 Journal