Tahoka- Sammy Joe "Sam" Pridmore, 85 of Tahoka passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021. He was born August 18, 1935 to Joe T. and Beulah (Smith) Pridmore in Lubbock. Sam graduated from Tahoka High School in 1951 at age 16. After graduation him and his cousin, Gordon Smith farmed for one year at Westpoint. That year was a dry year, and no crop was harvested, that was when Sam decided farming was not for him. He married the love of his life, Betsy Adams Pridmore June 7, 1959 at the First Baptist Church in Tahoka. Sam worked as a lineman for LP&L in Lubbock to earn money for his commercial pilot's license. He went to to Oklahoma City and worked for Gasco, flying to every state in the U.S. demonstrating and selling avionic equipment. In 1958, he came to Tahoka and flew for Lyntergar Electric contractor, Seth Lewis. in 1959 Sam bought his first plane and began his crop-dusting career. For the next 45 years, Sam owned and operated Sam Pridmore & Son Aerial Spraying logging in more than 40k hours before retiring in 2001. He was a member of the NAAA and the TAAA. His aerial skills were featured in the book, Touring Texas Towns on page 298 by James and Linda Jennings. Sam enjoyed being an Honorary Deputy Sheriff, even though they never gave him a gun. He was a member of FBC Tahoka and Charter Downtown Bible class. Sam was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him.
Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 61 years, Betsy; son, Sammy (Dee Dee) Pridmore of Tahoka; daughter, Paige (Greg) Lindsey of Brownfield; seven grandchildren, Shea (Wes) Hester of Big Lake, Jerid (Micki) Pridmore of Lubbock, Josh (Janea) Pridmore of Lubbock, Cortney (Greg) McAnaw of Temple, Brennon (Sophie) Harston of Salado, Samantha (Colby) Norris of Lubbock, Treg (Breck) Lindsey of Marysville, CA; fourteen great-grands, Gavin, Hagan, Seth, Brody, Payton, Taylen, Brooklyn, Laken, Sutton, Coeyn, Zac, Brady, Charley Boone, and Sydney; and numerous friends. In lieu of flowers family suggest donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association
or to Pridmore/Knox/Adams Scholarship P.O. Box 1621 Tahoka, TX 79373. The family would like to thank the entire staff at the Brownfield Rehabilitation and Care Center as well as the Interim Hospice staff for their loving care.