Sam J. Smith, 80, of Amarillo died on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.
Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2012 at the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd. with Mike Nuthman, Congregational Care Pastor of Hillside Christian Church officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.
Sam was born on February 3, 1932 in Seymour, Texas to Cecil and Essie Smith. He started his construction career at Cooper Homes when he was 19 years old. He was a VA inspector for 58 years and had worked for Smith Construction building, 7-Eleven’s, medical facilities, and jails. Sam retired in 1990 to his true love, farming, ranching and his impressive collection of animals and fireworks. He became a collector of treasures later in life. He was a member of Hillside Christian Church.
Sam had a fireworks stand for 20 years and ran it with the help of his grandkids and anyone else who could take his crap and keep up!
He had an incredibly strong love of life, family and friends. During his last stay in the hospital, his questions always centered on what other people were doing, “…how was the ranch, how is your sister feeling, coping? How is your mother handling everything? How is Bill? His daughter, Cindi will never, ever forget leaving the hospital and giving her Dad a final hug and crying, saying, “I don’t want to leave.” He said, “You need to go home and take care of your husband!”
Sam never met anyone that he wouldn’t help and he always was blessed with a positive outlook on life.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Smith; two daughters, Susan Horton Bruno of Amarillo and Cindi Kirchhoff and husband Bill of La Mission, Mexico, four sisters, Helen Avery, Pat Bowers Fincher, Saundra Hoynacki and Kay Mickey, all of Amarillo; a brother-in-law, Tom Johnson of Amarillo; three grandchildren, Chad Horton of Amarillo, Kristin Wood and husband Tyler of Lubbock and Maggie Kirchhoff of Denver; his nephews, Kirk and Kyle Skipper and Rod Bowers, all of Amarillo and two great-grandchildren, Sadie and Wyatt Wood.