David Wayne Sams, 58, of Belleville, Illinois, born Monday, August 15, 1960, in Norton, VA, passed away Friday, April 19, 2019 at his residence in Belleville, Illinois.
David served for 20 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant in 1998. He most recently worked as an Information Security Analyst for Scott Air Force Base and was a proud member of Towerview Baptist Church in Shiloh, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his:
- Parents: James Sr. and Edith, nee Galloway, Sams.
Surviving are his:
- Wife: Brenda Sams of Belleville, IL
- James Sams of Chester, MD
- Marc Sams of Cheyenne, WY
- James (Toni) Sams, Jr. of Arnold, MD
- Bob Sams of Greensboro, MD
- Sister: Belinda (Don) Murchake of Stevensville, MD
- Sister-in-law, Cissy Sams of Stevensville, MD
- Many dear Nieces and Nephews
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Towerview Baptist Church or HSHS Hospice.
Visitation: Visitation from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Towerview Baptist Church in Shiloh, Illinois.
Funeral: Funeral Services will be held at 6:00 pm, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Towerview Baptist Church, in Shiloh, Illinois, with Rev. Ron Woods officiating. Interment will be at Crownsville Veterans Cemetery in Maryland.
Brenda, you and Dave were the first friends we met in godd old Ellsworth A.F.B., SD, we still remember how much fun we had teachimg you guys how to play Pinocle and all of us lauging and playing cards together as often as we could. We have always thought of you and Dave as good Military friends and are so happy that we actually came to see you guys a couple of years ago, after not seeing you both in many years. Please know that we would be there to support you if at all possible but Ivory is having surgery on monday. We will keep you and your sons in our thoughts and prayers as these next few weeks and months will be hard. If you need something please contact us.. your friends Ivory and MAry Desper
What can I say “Stiffy”?
Out lives brought us together for a reason. I am so blessed you and Dave were a part of my life.
Love you always!!!
It was a great privilege to be Dave’s pastor. He taught me much through his caring heart, gentle manner, and generous spirit. He will be greatly missed. But I find peace in knowing that Dave was intimately connected to Jesus Christ. I have absolute confidence that he has entered the gates of Heaven and has now met Jesus face-to-Face. I am sorry for your loss. Still, Heaven is richer tonight.
Debra and I were surprised by Dave’s passing. We want to pass on our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We shared many good times with Dave and you at Unisys holiday parties. We wish you the best during these trying times.
HEY STIFFY…..WOODY HERE….:) Love you and Dave Wayne with all my heart. I was so blessed to live in “Cardboard Creek” with you and Dave. May your days be positive, Stay strong!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!
Dear Brenda and sons,
We are truly so very sorry for David’s passing. We all know he is now at peace and pain free in heaven. May God bless you all during this difficult time.
Noise, Bill, Christina and Caryn
Our prayers are with you during this most difficult time. I loved my cousin David and have many wonderful memories of our family times together. It gives me great peace to know that he is now with his Heavenly Father, that he is reunited with his mom and dad, and that I will see him again in a better place.
Dave was a wonderful inspiration for my husband and I. Our prayers are with you. He will be greatly missed. Sincerely. Terry & Nina Dunning
My prayers are with you and the boys during this very difficult time. I have missed you and David since you left Virginia many years ago. I can still here you laughing and calling David, Dwayne. We had a lot of great times together. I know how special he was, just have comfort and knowing he is in no more pain and he can breathe. Sincerely Carolyn
This is David’s cousin, Gary. Donna and I were so sorry to hear of his illness and now his passing. Please accept our sincere sympathies. I didn’t know him well, but sure heard a lot about him when we visited his dad last year. He was very proud of all his children, and grandchildren.
David was a very kind young man to me in Annapolis MD in our teen years. A stand up gentleman even then. He made us laugh ALOT! A great sense of humor and an amazing memory. He had read all the JR Tolkien series ad told me the entire story, since wi didn’t have the books. My condolences to your family for such a huge loss. I pray that your happy memories outweigh your grief someday.
“David overcame the errors of his youth to live a fruitful and successful life. Success in rising to the top grades of enlisted rank in the Air Force; success in a long term marriage; success by raising two responsible sons; success in obtaining a college degree; and success in developing a relationship with Our Maker. We are all proud of the man you came to be, and you will be missed. You are gone too soon, but when Christ calls….it is time to join Him.”
Sorry for your loss. Dave was a wonderful friend back in Bossier. La. back in 1986. Often wondered where yall went. Call me somettime. 318 564 3547.