City of Samson

16 East Main Street

Samson, Alabama 36477


Success Stories

A military brat, Julia Janasky-Gibbs has lived in five states and Panama. This mobile lifestyle taught her to appreciate the diversity and the unity which makes America strong.

She also knows that freedom comes with sacrifice, and is proud to support our country as the wife of an active duty soldier, 2nd Lieutenant Jeremy Gibbs.
Julia is blessed with a strong family, but she knows the challenges many American families face in our fast-paced society. Her passion is to help all families gain the skills they need to nurture happy, healthy, productive children. Graduating with honors from the University of South Alabama with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy, she is pursuing her Master's degree in substance abuse and family counseling. The city of Mobile officially recognized her work with families and at-risk youth by declaring "Julia Janasky Day" in Mobile. By continuing to partner with national programs such as Communities Against Drugs Coalition of America (CADCA) and America's Promise, she hopes to expand her focus into a national ministry. She states, "I want to help at-risk youth turn their potential into performance, their challenges into successes, and their dreams into reality."

Julia enjoys singing in her family's music ministry, deep-sea fishing with her husband, jogging with her Italian greyhound, and giving glory to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Terry Owens, a 1962 graduate of Samson High School, is the son of the late Woodrow and Lillian Owens of Samson, Al. He has 3 brothers; Billy Ray, Jimmy and his twin Jerry, and a half brother, Bobby Hugh Carter, deceased.

Both Terry and Jerry received football scholarships. Terry attended the University of Alabama for 2 years then transferred to Jacksonville State.A tight end in college, Owens was a 2 year All-Conference selection in football and baseball.

In 1966 Terry was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 11th round and stayed with them for the next 10 seasons. Following the draft in 1966, Samson celebrated "Terry Owens Day" with a parade and a banquet in his honor. A durable lineman, Owens played in 116 consecutive games. He went into the Chargers at 6'6" and weighing 225 lbs. He increased his weight to 260lbs. The Broncos' Lyle Alzado called Terry "one of the best tackles in the league". Owens received All-AFC 2nd Team votes in 1972.

Terry is now a successful insurance agent living in the State of Alabama.