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Bryan-Lee Funeral Homes

Ester Dianne Secrest

5/19/1947 ~ 6/22/2018

Services will be held: 06/26/2018

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Rena Anne Nowell

02/11/1942 ~ 06/21/2018

Services will be held: 06/25/2018

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Doris Ann Cannady

11/17/1945 ~ 06/22/2018

Services will be held:

Shirlow Powell

Alfred Shirlowe Powell

04/22/1933 ~ 06/20/2018

Services will be held: 06/24/2018

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Timothy Wayne Bartholomew

12/11/1951 ~ 06/20/2018

Services will be held: 06/24/2018

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Betty Jane Jordan

04/23/1927 ~ 06/20/2018

Services will be held: 06/23/2018


Bobby Stuart Ferrell

06/15/1956 ~ 06/19/2018

Services will be held: 06/22/2018


Michael Todd Coleman

04/16/1964 ~ 06/18/2018

Services will be held: 06/26/2018

Samantha Lynn Crompton-Owens

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08/07/1976 ~ 06/09/2018

Samantha Lynn Crompton-Owens (age 41) passed away at home on Saturday morning, June 9, 2018. Sam was born August 7, 1976 as the middle child of Rick and Linda Crompton. Born and raised on rural family tobacco farmland on the Lee/Harnett County line in Broadway, NC, she enjoyed a childhood spent playing with her Cox cousins who lived next door and of course her kid brother Jason and older sister Jennifer. Far from being a tomboy, she enjoyed dance and played in the marching band. After graduating from Lee Sr. High School in 1994, she attended UNCW where she met her husband Will and obtained a Chemistry degree in 1998. After marrying in 2002 in Pine Knoll Shores, NC, Sam & Will postponed starting a family for 8 years while they enjoyed marriage and each focused on their careers. Sam earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Research from Campbell University and launched a successful career at Duke Clinical Research Institute and then at P.P.D. for the last 10 years. 2010 brought the arrival of Sam’s only child, Zachary David Owens. Zack was the light of Samantha’s world, and she embraced all that motherhood had to offer, including the PTA, sleepovers and soccer games. Whether in a boardroom, on a conference call, or in a family meeting, Sam was a blunt force to be reckoned with, who was never afraid to speak her mind. Whether in her professional life or personal life, you knew where Sam stood on any given topic. She loved the Carolina Panthers, Duke basketball, Pottery Barn and 31 Bags. Few things brought Sam more happiness than soaking up sun on Emerald Isle or cruising the intracoastal waterway. Though her last 19 months revolved around cancer, and though her battle displayed a level of grace, courage, and grit that served as an inspiration to many, her life is NOT defined by cancer, and cancer SHALL NOT define her memory. Her life is one that was well lived and is defined by unsurpassed tenacity, ambition, and spunk. If you knew Sam, you are better off because of it.

Sam is survived by her husband of 15 years, Will Owens; 8 year old son Zachary; parents Richard & Linda Crompton of Broadway, NC; brother and sister in law Jason & Jamie Crompton of Broadway, NC; sister and brother in law Jennifer & Tommy Howard of Broadway, NC; her paternal grandmother Carol F. Crompton of Aurora, Ohio; father and mother-in-law John & Deloris Owens of Oxford, NC; sister and brother in law Heather & Reid Daniel of Oxford, NC; nephews Nicholas Howard, Tanner Howard, Jackson Crompton, Tim Daniel, & Cody Daniel; and niece Emma Daniel.

A public memorial service will be Wednesday June 13th at 2PM in the chapel at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home on Wake Forest Rd. in Raleigh. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.bryan-leefuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, Sam asked that donations be made to KidsCan! which is a special family support program of the Rex Healthcare Foundation designed for families with young children, who have a parent, grandparent or caregiver who has been diagnosed with cancer. (2500 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 325 Raleigh, NC 27607).



2:30 pm (After the service)

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home
831 Wake Forest Road Raleigh, NC 27604



2:00 pm

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home Chapel
831 Wake Forest Road Raleigh, NC 27604


  1. Fay Stockwell

    Will & Zack,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

  2. Erica Fitzgerald

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    With Deepest Sympathies,

  3. Patricia Conrad

    My thoughts are with the entire family at this very sad time.

  4. Donna, Eddie & Isabelle Sotomayor

    Will and Zachary,

    Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with both you. Our deepest condolences.

    Sotomayor Family

  5. Missy Brown

    You will be missed. I am so saddened by this news. My deepest condolences and prayers for her entire family.

  6. Chris Anglin

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. Donna G Rogers

    Will…thinking of you, Zachary and all the family. Praying peace and comfort for you all. Sam was undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with at work and my life is far better for knowing and working with her. She touched many lives and fond memories of her will be what lives on for all of us. I love you my dear sweet Sam! Keep heaven straight until we meet again!

  8. Jennifer Cole

    I haven’t seen Sam in years, but have fond memories of her from marching band in high school. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Martha & Brady

    Our thoughts and prayers have been with you daily and will continue to be.

  10. Travis Kemp

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

    “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” Psalm 147:3

  11. Wanda Fike

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Jennifer and the Owens family during this difficult time.
    Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

  12. Patton, Gray, and Jordan

    Will and Zachary,

    We are so sorry for your loss. You have both been in our thoughts a lot over the last few days. Take care of each other and yourselves. You will continue to be on our minds and we wish you strength during this difficult time.


  13. Jessica Giles

    Sam you meant so much to my brother Daniel. He will definitely miss you. You are his angel now. Please watch over him bc lord knows he needs it lol. You will be missed.

  14. Jackie Uzzell

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thought and prayers are with your entire family. Hopefully you can find comfort in Ps 34:18 “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted He saves those who are crushed in spirit”

  15. David Poole

    Will, you and your family are in my prayers.
    C/O 94′

  16. Jackie Reams Phillips

    So sorry for your loss; my thoughts and prayers are with you all especially little Zack during this difficult time! May she RIP forever in the arms of our Lord.

  17. Andy Culbreth

    Will, I am so sorry to hear this of your beautiful bride. If there is anything that I may be able to do for anyone during this time or afterwards, please let me know. I will be praying for you all.

  18. Shawndria

    Keeping you and your family in my prayers. Please let me know anything I can do. As difficult as this time may be, rest in knowing that she is no longer suffering, but is instead celebrating with the angels.

  19. Rob Partin


    I am sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


  20. Susan Burton

    Will – I am so sorry to hear about Sam. You have such wonderful memories of your life together – they will get you and Zach through the difficult months ahead. She was much loved.

  21. Marilyn Beasley

    I still remember my first meeting with Samantha so that tells you how unforgettable she is. My heart goes out to Will and Zachary and all of her family and I know from experience that it will be tough without the one you love. Think about the memories often and don’t be ashamed of your tears. She’s still there with you just watch for the little signs!

  22. Meg and Robbie Crompton

    To Will, Zach and Samantha’s family. Samantha was loving wife, outstanding mother , caring daughter and fun sister. Samantha was always the life of the party. We loved her tenacity. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
    Robbie and Meg Crompton


    My sympathy goes to the Owens ‘ family.

  24. The Haney Family

    We are all very sorry to hear of your loss. Find comfort in knowing that Sam is at peace now. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Matt, Marcy, Henry & Isaac

  25. Thesley and Mary Byrd & Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  26. Crystal Hinesley Starr

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for the family.

  27. Shannon Thomas Siegfried

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  28. Gisela Karic

    My deepest condolences to the family.
    Sam will be missed by all her friends at PPD.
    She was highly professional, very brave throughout the difficult moments and a wonderful and caring colleague.
    Our prayers and thoughts…

  29. Sonja Wilber

    Will and Zachary I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am to hear about Samantha. She was a very special person. She will be sadly missed. Loved when she would pick up Zachary at the daycare she was just so sweet and funny. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.
    Love Ms. Sonja.

  30. Jeff Forslund

    So sorry to hear about this, she was such a great person. My thoughts and prayers are with the family !!!

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