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  • "Love to have a game of catch with this wonderful woman...."
    - Scott Preston Hardy
  • "Most people who have learned about the league didn't know..."
    - Carol Owens
  • "Just found out that Doris was my grandfathers cousin, I..."
    - Nicole Youngman ( Sams ) maiden
  • "doris was a great friend of mine. i can agree with her..."
    - bob overeton
  • "Thanks for the memories."
    - Raffy Aladro

SAMS, DORIS JANE "SAMMYE DOKEY" - age 85, born February 2, 1927 to Pauline Moore Sams and Robert J. Sams who predeceased her in death, as well as her two brothers, Paul (Bud) Sams, and Robert (Bobby) Sams; and nephew, David Meredith Sams. She attended Flenneken Elementary School, South Junior High and Knoxville High School. She worked for many years at KUB and played professional baseball from 1946 to 1953. She was inducted into the Women's Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970. Member of Vestal United Methodist Church. Survivors: sisters-in-law, Doris Sams and Winona Sams; first cousins, Jack Marshall of Akron, Ohio, and Gordon Sams; great nieces and great nephews, Kelly Brooks, Madeleine Brooks, Samantha Fraser, and David Benjamin Fraser. A funeral service will be held 6:00 p.m. Sunday at Stevens Mortuary Chapel with Dr. George Hollander officiating. The eulogy will be given by Frances Rader, and music by Karen Maples Sams. The family and friends will meet 10:45 a.m. Monday at Woodlawn Cemetery for a graveside service and interment at 11:00 a.m. Pallbearers: Roland Julian, Bob Overton, Don Hendrix' Joey Trammell, Lloyd Maples, Harold Maples, and John Parton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the , 2200 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37919 or Vestal United Methodist Church, 115 Ogle Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at North Broadway. Ms. Sams' guest book is available at

Funeral Home
Stevens Mortuary
1304 Oglewood Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 524-0331
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from June 30 to July 1, 2012
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