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Sammy Louis Gholson Sr.


1925 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Sammy Louis Gholson Sr. Obituary
Sammy Louis Gholson Sr. Life time Resident of Tucumcari NM passed away at his home in Tucumcari NM on Saturday, September 6, 2014.
Sammy was born at home in Quay, NM on August 17, 1924, to Richard Coke Gholson and Edna Etta Holloman Gholson. Sammy attended Quay School until his senior year and graduated from Tucumcari High in 1942. He joined the Army Air Corp and served in World War II and attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He was a P-40 Pilot and Pilot Instructor. He attended UNM, worked for Arch Hurley Conservancy District and was a Conductor for the Southern Pacific Rail Road, having worked for the rail road 40 1/2 years retiring in 1987. He held a Real Estate Brokers License and owned Gholson Realty Co. in Tucumcari NM. Sammy along with his wife Sue served as the 1st President of the Tucum Sams RV Club of Tucumcari. They were also former State Directors and Assistant State Directors of the NM Good Sam Club and past President of the NM WBCCI (Air Stream Club). He was a life member of the NRA. During his travels with the RV group he averaged 1000 miles per month for 11 years. He loved hunting, boating and camping with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by younger brother; Jack Gholson and sister in law; Joan Ward Gholson.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years Sue Wood Gholson, Stepson; Andy Tillman and wife Shannon, and by sons; Richard Thompson, Sammy L. Gholson Jr. and Dan Gholson. Six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers children; Rick Gholson & Linda, Gary Gholson, Steve Gholson & Janet, Jerry Gholson & Kay, Cindy Wright & Alan, and Melody Thomas & Kevin and their children. Father in Law; Horace Wood, Brother in law; Joe Wood & Joy and sister in law; Andria Smith & David.
Services celebrating his life will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Thursday September 11, 2014, in the First Baptist Church at Adams and Center Street in Tucumcari NM, with Rev Bob Miller officiating.
Interment will follow in the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery. Pall Bearers will be Rick Gholson, Gary Gholson, Steve Gholson, Jerry Gholson, Andy Tillman and Dan Gholson.
The family suggests for those who wish, memorials may be made to the Tucumcari Helping Hands Hospice at 624 South Second Street, Tucumcari NM 88401 in loving memory of Sammy L. Gholson.
Arrangements entrusted to Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari NM.
Published in the Quay County Sun on Sept. 9, 2014
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