Samons, Judge Al Al Samons of Mesquite died Aug 2 in Forney. Born in Joiner, Arkan-sas, June 5, 1932 to Adrian D. Samons and Edna Samons, Al joined the U.S. Army at 16 and served in Fort Lewis, Washington and in Alaska before it was a state. He lived 10 years in Michigan working for General Motors. In 1963, he attend-ed Hicks Barber College and was trained as a Sebring Hair Designer. Moving to Dallas, he opened a hair styling salon at Fitzhugh and North Central in 1966 and later opened shops in Mesquite and on the square in Fairfield. He moved to Fairfield in 1980 and married Jo Reta Samons in 1984. In 1990, he was elected justice of the peace in Fairfield and served 16 years. Al was an avid fisherman and was proud to have caught a 12 pound, 7 ounce bass, the largest ever caught at Red Lake. He was a Mason and an active member of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Revitali-zation Committee. Ill health and desire to be near his family prompt-ed Al and Jo to move to the Dallas area in 2006. Al is survived by his wife Jo Reta Samons, daughters Linda Samons, Debbie Carter, Phyllis Landgrebe and son Mike Samons, stepdaughter Charlotte Rushing and stepsons David Lewis, Bob Lewis and Jim Lewis, grand-children Alisha, Elizabeth, Jason, Christopher and Kelli and 6 great grandchildren. There will be a view-ing 6-8 p.m. Sunday and services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Restland.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Aug. 5, 2012