Charles William "Bill" Sams, 89, of Parkersburg, W.Va., passed away July 19, 2014, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.
Bill was born Jan. 17, 1925, in Parkersburg, a son of the late Charles Jefferson and Nellie Frances Guinn Sams.
Bill was a retired machinist with 27 years of service at DuPont. He previously was employed at Kootz & Stroman Machine Shop. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II having served as a Sergeant with Company B 640th Tank Destroyer Battalion.
He enjoyed softball and golfing at Worthington Golf Course with the senior men's league. He was a member of American Legion Post 15, Parkersburg, and Lubeck United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen L. Sims Sams; two daughters, Karen L. Church (Steve) of Amelia, Ohio, and Pamela A. Spears (Bobby) of Parkersburg; one sister, Betty I. Lehew of Murraysville, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Tiffany Arthurs (Jeremy), Andrew Church, Amber Spears and Amy Spears; two great-grandchildren, Erika Deem and Bryce Arthurs; and a niece, Barbara Collingsworth.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Vaughan Funeral Home, 1010 Murdoch Ave., Parkersburg, with the Rev. James Martin officiating. Services will conclude with burial in Lubeck Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 15, Parkersburg. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials are preferred to Lubeck United Methodist Church, 1771 Harris Hwy, Washington, WV 26181.
Condolences may be shared online at vaughanfh.com