Sams, widely known as Sambo, was born in Fayetteville in 1922, in the house built by his great-grandfather in 1848. He graduated from Mercer University and the Emory University School of Medicine. World War II temporarily interrupted his medical studies; he was stationed in France as a member of the Army Medical Corps.
Sams had a family medical practice in Fayetteville, where he has worked with his wife, Helen, also a physician, and two of their sons. Somehow this busy country doctor also found time for one of his favorite hobbies—writing. Between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00 a.m., he wrote a novel on a Blue Horse tablet with a blue, felt-tipped pen.
At the age of 60, Sams published his first book with us, Run With the Horsemen, which chronicles a boy's account of growing up on an ancestral farm in Georgia. Run With the Horsemen continues to be a classic Southern novel reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Sawyer, and The Catcher in the Rye. This past summer, the Georgia Writers Association honored Sams with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 48th annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards.
He is survived by his wife, daughter, three sons, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Rest in peace, Sambo.
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