- October 9, 1931 - April 6, 2017
- Clearwater, Florida
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Johns, Jr., Samuel Charles, 85 of Clearwater passed away peacefully surrounded by his family onto his new life with our Lord. Born October 9, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to his retirement, Sam was the leading force behind tourism for not only Pinellas County but for the State of Florida as well. As President of Discover Florida Suncoast, he traveled all over the world meeting with tourism boards, dignitaries and the people of local and distance lands. He is well known and respected for his work in helping Florida in being the #1 tourist location within the United States. During his retirement, he enjoyed volunteering as a clown “JoBo” through Hospice. He was a member of Skycrest UMC.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years Mary Jane Johns, 2 sisters, his six children, Samuel Kent Johns, Kathleen Allison Bradford, Julia Leigh Johns, Christopher Allen Hughes, Mary Michele Powers and Stephen Warren Hughes. His family also includes 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Visitation April 11th, from 6:00 – 7:30PM at Sylvan Abbey United Methodist Church, 2817 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater. Celebration of Life, Wednesday, April 12th – 11:30am, Skycrest United Methodist Church, 2045 Drew Street, Clearwater, 33765. Burial immediately following at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park.