William Sams

William Ray "Bill" Sams Sr.

Tuesday, October 11th, 1938 - Monday, March 15th, 2021
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William “Bill” Ray Sams, Sr., 82, of New Martinsville, WV died peacefully at his home on Monday, March 15, 2021.

Bill was born October 11, 1938 in Parkersburg, WV; son of the late Daniel Robert and Thelma (DeLancey) Sams.

He was a retired teacher for Wetzel County Schools, enjoyed amateur radio, served as the director of the Office of Emergency Services and was a member of Bridge Street Church of Christ.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Daniel Robert Sams, Jr.

Surviving are his wife of fifty-eight years, Joan (Burch) Sams; two sons, William “Billy” Sams, Jr. of New Martinsville, WV and David Sams of Bridgeport, WV and daughter, Christina Sams of Prince Frederick, MD.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Bill’s name, to either Wetzel County Ambulance Authority, 20 Emergency Service Lane, New Martinsville, WV 26155 or Wetzel County Hope and Memories, 8127 Fairview Ridge Road, New Martinsville, WV 26155.
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    Northview Cemetery
    SR 2
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Betty Mitchell-Thomas

Posted at 09:03am
He was my English teacher & then friend. He will be missed. A great guy.

Linda Parish Hill

Posted at 10:55am
So very sorry. Sending my condolences and sympathy to all of Bill’s family. Peace be with you.

Dan Knowlton

Posted at 12:00am
So very sorry to hear of Bill's passing.
Condolences to the family.

In Christian Love,
Dan and Sharon Knowlton

Jan Herrick Thomas

Posted at 08:36pm
Just heard this sad news. Will always remember one of my very favorite teachers! We all had such fun doing our class play as well. Condolences to the family of Bill Sams and all who loved him. ~ Jan Herrick Thomas

Barbara King

Posted at 03:21pm
It was so good to see and talk with Bill at Wetzel County hospital while waiting for appointments a few days ago. Bill was so helpful when he was OES director to us County Commisioners. I am so sorry for his lost to his family. RIP friend. Barbara King. County Commision.retired

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