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Sammie Perry was born in Garland, Texas, on November 17, 1929. He was the third son of R.C. and Arvella Perry. At an early age, he joined the United States Air Force, serving in the Korean War, which certainly broadened his travels as a young soldier. He traveled from the Carolinas to Germany, and at one point to the South Pole, Greenland to be exact. After returning to civilian life, Sam married and divorced twice and to those unions no children were born. During such time, he acquired the trade as a professional sheet metal technician. After many years of working at Forney International, Inc., he retired in 1996. “Big Sam,” as he was affectionately referred to in his younger years, was a very private man of few words. Given that he was an avid reader, there were very few current event topics that he could not make a contribution to. Consequently, when he did choose to speak it was sound wisdom. He was a gentleman with a dry sense of humor. Such that, if you were not paying close attention, you might not realize he was being funny. Sam was a man of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ's love, and the beauty and peace that would await him after his passing. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, six sisters, and three brothers. Sam leaves to cherish fond memories: long time friend, Barbara Hutchinson (Dallas, TX); special nieces, Cheryl (Will) Pegram (Sachse, TX), Ana Scott (Atlanta, GA), Kristi (Orrick) Lacy (Dallas, TX), and Lawanda (David) Redd (Grand Prairie, TX); along with a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.