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Junior Samples
Original name: Alvin Monroe Samples
Birth: Aug. 10, 1926
Cumming
Forsyth County
Georgia, USA
Death: Nov. 13, 1983
Knoxville
Knox County
Tennessee, USA

Comedian. He was born Alvin Samples Jr. in Cumming Georgia. He made his living as a farmer, sawmill worker, stock car driver and carpenter and did not enter show business until age 40. He was discovered after a story he told about catching a record-setting fish was recorded by a Game Commission investigator and played on the radio. The recording was developed into an album and became a best-seller. In 1969 he was asked to join the cast of the country variety show “Hee-Haw." He developed a character made famous by his bumbling delivery often forgetting lines and messing up jokes. His most famous role was a used car salesman inviting potential customers to call his phone number, “BR-549.” He released several other comedy albums and was twice nominated as “Comedian of the Year” by the Country Music Association. He remained a star on Hee-Haw until he died of a heart attack at the age of fifty-seven. (bio by: Bigwoo) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Alvin Monroe Samples (1905 - 1967)
  Dovie Odessa Bullock Samples (1908 - 1999)
 
 Spouse:
  Grace Carrie Bolton Samples (1927 - 2015)*
 
 Siblings:
  Junior Samples (1926 - 1983)
  Dovie Idora Samples Perry (1929 - 2009)*
  Calvin Monroe Samples (1937 - 2011)*
  Alvin Lonzo Samples (1937 - 2005)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Heart attack
 
Burial:
Sawnee View Gardens and Mausoleum
Cumming
Forsyth County
Georgia, USA
Plot: Near a large cross in the Garden of Devotion
GPS (lat/lon): 34.23575, -84.12088
 
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Record added: May 12, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 5414
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Hee Haw brought so much laughter and good music....Junior Samples was a part of that..Acts 24.15 , John 5.28,29
- David Merritt
 Added: Sep. 24, 2017

- Carl Ward
 Added: Sep. 16, 2017
RIP
- van bacon
 Added: Aug. 26, 2017
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