Memorial Services for Mr. Terry R. "Trooper" Sams, Sr., 80, of North Augusta, who entered into rest April 11th, will be conducted Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, of North Augusta. Dr. Tommy Meador, Dr. Randy Cooper and Reverend Roy Kiser will be officiating.
Terry was a native of Elizabethton, Tennessee. He made North Augusta his home for the past 52 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of North Augusta, where he was active in the music ministry and played the trombone in the church orchestra.
Terry began his career in broadcasting at the age of 16 at WBEJ radio station in Elizabethton, Tennessee. In the early 1960’s, he relocated to WJBF News Channel 6 in Augusta, where he served as Station Manager, Vice President, Program Director, Announcer, Weatherman, On Air Talent, and at one time, part owner. He was notably known as “Trooper Terry”, the star of a local children’s program for 20 years. He retired from WJBF as the President and General Manager. He was a former member of the Augusta Exchange Club and the Salvation Army Board.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Shirlene Slagle Sams; a son, Terry R. Sams, Jr., of Elizabethton, Tennessee; three daughters and sons-in-law, Terissa and Buddy Crites, and Kate and Robbie Bryant, all of North Augusta; and Patrice and Kenny Crapps, Johnson City, Tennessee; nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; three brothers, B.J. Sams, of Little Rock, Arkansas; Gene Sams and Elmer Sams, Jr., both of Elizabethton, Tennessee.
The family will receive friends at the church following the service.
Memorials may be made The Salvation Army, Major Tony Perez, 1833 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30904.
Posey Funeral Directors of North Augusta in charge of arrangements (803-278-1181).
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