BELMONT - Sammy Reginald Johns, 66, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Gaston Memorial Hospital in Gastonia.
He was born Feb. 7, 1946, in Charlotte, the son of the late Garland Samuel and Marie Cardin Johns.
Sammy was a singer/songwriter and will be remembered by many for his musical talent. Some of his songs include his 1975 hit "Chevy Van," "America," popularized by Waylon Jennings, "Common Man," covered by John Conlee, and "Desperado Love," sung by Conway Twitty. He performed on the Grand Ole Opry Live and Nashville Now.
Sammy had a big heart and will be missed by his family and all who knew him.
Survivors of Mr. Johns include his sister, Demurris Johns Finchum of Stanley; nephew, Ray Finchum and wife Derita of Dallas, Texas; niece, Faye Hacker and husband George of Stanley; and other great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont. A service to celebrate his life will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Bumgardner Chapel of McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont with Mr. Ray Finchum officiating. Interment will follow the service in Greenwood Cemetery.
Condolence messages may be sent and viewed online at www.McLeanFuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the family of Mr. Johns.
Published in Gaston Gazette from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2013