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On the evening of Dec. 25, 2014, Anastasis Sampson Michaels (Mike) passed away at his home in Tappahannock, Va.

His former wife and longtime companion, Tonya, was by his bedside. Mike grew up in Newport News and later moved to Gloucester, Va., where he took over managing the Cup & Saucer Restaurant from his parents in the late 1970s. After successfully managing Michael’s Seafood Restaurant for several years, he moved to Woods Cross Roads, where he built a custom home for his family. Afterward he began a custom home construction business, but a serious accident, initiated by a brain tumor in 2003, cut that short. Just before last Thanksgiving the cancer resumed, soon bringing his life to an end. Mike’s lack of a formal education was but a small impediment to his will to succeed and continue striving to help others in need.

Preceding him in death were his beloved brother, Angelo and both parents, Anastasis Sampson Sr. and Betty of Tappahannock.

He is survived by his daughters, Alethea Hopkins of Hayes, Va., Jeniffer Glover of Concord, N.C.; a son, Anastasis Sampson III, also of Concord, N.C.; numerous grandchildren in both Virginia and North Carolina, and a much loved cousin, Chris of New York, N.Y.

A memorial service is yet pending delivery of his ashes, following his self donation to medical research. Personal contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society (on his behalf).

Thanks to ALL, who made Mike’s life a little more enjoyable!