George Brown “G.B.” Sams, 94, of Excelsior Springs, died Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at Excelsior Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by his loving family.
G.B. was born on Oct. 27, 1925, in Gallatin, the son of George W. and Mable (Brown) Sams. He was united in marriage to Lois “Frances” Pierson of Excelsior Springs on May 16, 1948; she preceded him in death on Nov. 24, 2017.
Survivors include: two sons, Everett Sams (Kathy) and Roy Sams (Sherry), both of Excelsior Springs; three daughters, Juanita Shepard, Sharon Clevenger (Ron) and Brenda Bickford (Mark), all of Excelsior Springs; 16 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Rosalie Hunt of Excelsior Springs; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Phyllis Elliott; great-granddaughter, Adelyn Rose Sams; brothers, Everett, Gerald and Jack Sams; sisters, Mary Erbes and Martha Leathworth; and son-in-law, Terry Shepard.
G.B. was a lifelong farmer, along with his wife of 69 years. Their farm was located south of Excelsior Springs. G.B. always said that, at age 7-8, he and his brother Jack were already farming more ground than most farmers in the area. For over 30 years, they ran a grade-A dairy farm and sold their last cow in July of 1986. G.B. was a devoted husband and father. He loved babies and they loved him; he had a way with young children. G.B. could be ornery and loved playing practical jokes. He had a great laugh. Some of his pasttimes included hunting, especially coon hunting, arrowhead collecting and going to auctions. G.B. was of the Christian faith and attended the Rayville Christian Union Church.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the donor’s choice. They can be left at or mailed to Thurman Funeral Home, 507 E. Main Street-P.O. Box 190, Richmond, MO 64085.
Private family services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020, at Hillcrest Cemetery, Excelsior Springs. Please remember to share your memories of G.B. with the family by visiting www.thurmanfuneralhome.com.