Johnson City Press Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Published June 24th, 2014 10:34 pm

Lewis Delaney Sams died Monday, June 23, 2014 at Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City.
He was a native of Bristol, Tennessee, born on June 22, 1935, and had lived in Johnson City since 1965. He was the husband of Martha Jo Morris Sams and a son of the late Craft and Blanche Swiney Sams.
Mr. Sams was a member of the Bluff City High School class of 1954, a graduate of East Tennessee State University and a United States Air Force veteran. He was a member of First Christian Church, Johnson City and was a former member of Harrison Christian Church, where he had served as a Sunday School Teacher, deacon, elder, church treasurer and chairman of the board and served on numerous committees.
He retired from Sprint (now Century Link) after 30 plus years of service. He was active in his children’s activities, serving as a softball coach for the Girls Church League in Johnson City and with their church activities.
He was also a member of the Johnson City Masonic Lodge #486 and a 32nd degree Mason of the Scottish Rite Valley of Knoxville, TN. He and Martha Jo had been selected as Honorary Alumni by the Johnson Bible College Alumni Association, now Johnson University. He enjoyed many years of camping and served on the Board of Directors at Outdoor Resorts of Gatlinburg, TN. He also had served on the Board of Directors of the Northeast TN Alzheimer’s Association, and was an active member of the former InterMountain Pioneer Club, where he had served many terms as President.
He and Martha Jo also enjoyed traveling to all fifty states and Canada. His hobbies were bowling and golfing, having won trophies in both sports.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 53 years, Martha Jo Morris Sams; daughter, Elizabeth Susan and husband, David Bellamy, and their daughter, Andrea Paige Bellamy; daughter, Sandra Marie and husband, Timothy Osterhaus, and her daughter, JoBeth Davis, all of Jonesborough; one brother, Charles N. Sams and wife, Maxine, of Bristol, TN; one niece and one nephew; two aunts; and several loving and caring cousins also survive Lewis.
For those who prefer, donations may be made to the Christian Church Disability Ministry, Riverwood, Box 310, Louisville, TN 37777; or to the Mr. and Mrs. Class of First Christian Church 200 E. Mountcastle Drive, Johnson City, TN 37601.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the 2800 Intensive Care Unit staff and nurses at Johnson City Medical Center for the care given to Lewis.
The family requests the honor of your presence for a Celebration of Life Service with Masonic Rites for Lewis at 4:00 PM on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services with Dr. Gene Wigginton, Minister, and Dr. Tim Wallingford, Minister, officiating.
The family will receive friends to share memories from 2:00 PM until the service hour at the funeral home.
A Committal Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, June 27, 2014, at Glenwood Cemetery, Bristol, TN. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery at 12:50 PM. Honorary pallbearers will be member of the Mr. and Mrs. Class of First Christian Church, the Class of 1954 Bluff City High School and members of the former InterMountain Pioneer Club.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at
Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37604 (423) 610-7171 is honored to serve the Sams family.