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Sammy 'Sam' Eugene Walters

Greenville, MS

Sam Walters, 68, of Greenville, Mississippi, went to be with His Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. He passed peacefully at his home with his family at his side, after a lengthy illness. Family will receive friends on Sunday, September 10, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm under the direction of Boone Funeral Home (Greenville, Main Street). Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, September 11, at 12 o'clock noon, with Pastor Jae Smith of Impact Church officiating. Burial to follow at the Greenville City Cemetery (Main Street).

Sam was preceded in death by his father, Curtis "CB" Walters; his paternal grandfather, Sam Walters; his paternal grandmother, Mary Alice Summerford; his maternal grandmother, Margie Foote; his infant son, "Little Sammy;" and his two infant siblings.

He is survived by his mother, Doris Walters of Greenville, Mississippi; former wife and lifelong friend, Sheila Walters (Bruce Fioranelli) of Greenville, Mississippi; son, Randy (Leah) Chadwick of Lexington, Alabama; his son, Brian Walters, his two daughters, Patricia (Chris) Wren and Lisa Walters, all of Greenville, Mississippi; his grandchildren, Andrew Chadwick, Destiny Yeager, Jacob Walters, Logan Wren, Dalton Walters, Harley Walters, Kinsley Wren, and one great-grandson, Mason Jaco; his only brother, Robert "Bob" (Cheryl) Walters of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; his two sisters, Faye (Lee) Stovall of Leland, Mississippi and Jeanie (Tony) Johnson of Knoxville, Tennessee; and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Sam was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, on September 28, 1948. Shortly after his birth, his father was honorably discharged from the Navy and he and his family relocated to Aberdeen, Mississippi, where they resided until moving to Greenville, Mississippi in the early 1960's. Sam attended E.E. Bass School and graduated from Greenville High School with honors. He attended college at Mississippi Delta Community College and graduated with honors. After college, Sam worked with his father in his Service Engineering business and Quick-Clean Car Wash Company. Later he worked on the river as a deckhand, as he understudied the well-known pilot, Mr. Howard Brent of Brent Towing, to pursue his own pilot career. While working on the river, Sam was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War in February, 1969. Sam trained in Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana and served a tour in Germany. He was honorably discharged in February, 1975 as a Sergeant receiving a National Defense Service Medal. After discharge, he returned home and continued working with his father in his businesses. While servicing a local business air-conditioning unit, Sam was given the opportunity to start his own amusement business. Instantly he fell in love, found what he enjoyed, was extremely good in his work and was very successful. For many years he was well known as the owner and operator of The Monte Carlo Recreation Center. Sam retired in mid-2001, passing along the family owned and operated business to his son, Brian.

Sam was very involved in his community. He sponsored and supported local organization and charities such as, The Boy Scouts, The Boys and Girls Club where he once was honored as "Man of The Year", and numerous other charities. He also sponsored many local sports teams for numerous years. He donated and supported multiple local churches, one being The Impact Church formerly known as New Life Church of God.

Sam was well known for his generosity. He was a genuine, caring, giving, loving, devoted, selfless, dependable man. He was a man who inspired and touched many lives. His greatest enjoyment in life was his family whom he cherished. He will forever be remembered and missed.

Pallbearers will be: Kenny Thomas of Leland, Mississippi; Bill Lockhart of Ridgeland, Mississippi; Glen Bolen, William Fulton, Shamus Grey, and Timothy Hawkins, all of Greenville, Mississippi.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Washington County Sheriff, Milton Gaston Sr. and Gary Hallman, both of Greenville, Mississippi.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the local Boys and Girls Club.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Sept. 10, 2017
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