Condolence: Condolences to Christine and family on Sam's decease. I got to know Christine and then Sam through connections at ETSU and Kiwanis. He was an energetic and curious man with many interests and a good heart. I will miss him.
Condolence: Sam is a special angel who graced us who knew him in the flesh. I hope to run behind him in the hereafter as I did at DB. I offer my condolences to Christine and the family. I cherish my time with Sam on the DB High School cross-country team. We were a "band of brothers." Civil War history was another passion we shared. It was a pleasure seeing him and Christine at the Tri-City Civil War roundtable. Sam was a kind modest soul but I enjoyed reminding him of his famous Civil War period ancestor who guarded President Lincoln and founded the Pinkerton detective agency. We will miss you, Sam, at least you aren't besieged by Parkinson's disease now. Thank you Christine for all your good care of him.
Condolence: To Christine and Sam's family– Please know that my thoughts, prayers and heart are with you at this difficult time. During the 15 or so years I knew Sam, I came to appreciate and admire his infectious personality, his incredible wit and sense of humor and most of all his love for his friends, these Southern Mountains and his precious Christine. I regret that I was not able to spend more time with Sam during the time of his illness.
Condolence: We are blessed to have Sam and Chris as our neighbors who welcomed us to Unicoi Co. Sam's impromptu visits would always bless our day. He will be missed. Praying for your comfort Christine.
Condolence: We met in 1976 during military duty resulting in a meaningful friendship through the decades. We shared military adventures and challenges which helped both of us endure. Sam had a wonderful sense of humor. I enjoyed Sam. He was a keen communicator who was personable with people. His performance as an award winning salesman, his civic responsibility, and success as an event organizer illustrated his abilities. Sam maintained contacts with his friends from the past. He often shared with me those frequent meetings he had with his long time acquaintances. He cared about others. While touring a museum in Martinsville, Virginia, I discovered a prehistoric creature that he had donated to that institution. He often told me of important places to visit which provided artifacts from our national history or prehistory. Kathy and I will miss Sam. He gave more than he received. We love you, Sam. Lou Thornberry