Jerry Lee Sams

Published 1:44 pm Thursday, April 6, 2023

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Jerry Lee Sams, 87, Watauga, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at the Lakebridge, A Water Community, Johnson City. He was born March 19, 1936 in Elizabethton to the late Hugh and Carrie Blevins Sams.
Jerry served in the United States Air Force. He had lived in Florida for 29 years before returning to Carter County. He was retired from the Maintenance Department at Sears and was a member of Southside Christian Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Sams; one grandson; and six siblings, Helen Rachel, Jack Sams, F.D. Sams, Noland Sams, Danny Sams and Phyllis Sams.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Buchanan, Johnson City; two sons, Terry Sams and Donny (Linda) Sams; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and eight siblings, JoAnn Waycaster, who was his caregiver, Tootsie Hill, Diane (Duck) Pleasant, Polly (Terry) McPeak, Tommy (Barbara) Sams, Edward (Shirley) Sams, Freddie (Pat) Sams and Johnny (Penny) Sams. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 11, in the Mountain Home National Cemetery (Historic Section). Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Military Honors will be provided. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. Condolences may be sent to the family at our website,
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Sams family.

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