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Rodney Sams


Rodney Sams, 62, of Bandera, departed this life on Saturday, Jan. 15. He was born Jan. 18, 1948, in Lompoc, California to the late AC and Ellen Lenoire Sams.
After graduating from Lakeview High School in 1966, Rodney attended Texas A&M University, graduating with a degree in entomology in 1970. He was then drafted into the United States Army. After being honorably discharged, he returned to school and received his Master's Degree from Texas Tech University.
Rodney married Carol Baxter Jan. 18, 1986, in Dodd, Texas. The couple moved to Bandera in 1992 to allow Rodney to continue working as an entomologist. They were members of the Emmanuel Worship Center in San Antonio.
Rodney's memory will be cherished by his wife, Carol, of Bandera; daughters, Sonia Dudley and her husband, Rodger, of Hobbs, New Mexico; Beth Been and her husband, Bo, of Austin; and Phebe Sams of Amarillo; sons, Monty Vaughn and his wife, Carolyn, of Lubbock, and Russell Vaughn and his wife, Norma, of Canyon; sister Susan Sams of California; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 9 am until noon, Friday, Jan. 21, at Combest Family Funeral Homes in Lubbock. Services are scheduled for 2 pm that same day at Combest Family Memorial Chapel.
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Arrangements are under the personal care of Combest Family Funeral Homes of Lubbock.