|Birth: ||Mar. 24, 1892|
Red River County
|Death: ||Apr. 29, 1927|
Sam was the eighth of nine children born to Joseph and Eliza Ann (Collins) Allred. He was born March 24, 1892 in Avery, Texas. Four siblings died while very young. His early years were spent in Salt Lake City where he was a barber. His great grandfather was one of the pioneers of Utah and a prominent Mormon elder who had founded Spring City. Sam was a practicing Mormon in Utah. His younger sister Maude recalled that the family had taken a covered wagon to Cottonwood Creek near Salt Lake to picnic. A 13 or 14 year old girl shot Sam and then threw the gun on the ground. The family headed back to town to get treatment for him. Maud recalled that the shooting was not provoked.
Sam and his family returned to Texas and Oklahoma. He met his future wife when he went to a lawyer in Norman, Oklahoma for legal advice. Thelma Franklin was the typist/stenographer there. They were married in Duncan in 1916. According to wife Thelma, Sam was a gambler and ladies man. He was also a sharp dresser (Stetson hat, suit with vest, and bow tie). Sam had a legitimate profession also as a barber. He and a friend managed a seven chair barber's shop in Oklahoma City. He also went by the name, Jack Allred, which is listed on his Barber Union books. Their only child, William, was born in 1924. Sam's wife remembered that he would go out gambling and not return until the next day. Sometimes he would come home and dump a thousand dollars on her; other times they would be eating gravy for every meal.
In April 1927, Sam was shot three times on the streets of Oklahoma City. He did not die for three days. He spent a lot of that time talking to his wife about starting over again. Thelma had been told in the beginning that it was hopeless. The last visit was with their son. As they left the hospital for the last time, Sam waved to his three-year-old son and said, "Good bye, my little man, good bye."
Sam is buried in an unmarked grave in Sunnylane Cemetery in Oklahoma City. Thelma pined for her Sam her entire life. Even though she had remarried a couple of times and outlived him by 52 years, she felt that she would eventually be reunited with him.
Joseph Robert Allred (1839 - 1920)
Eliza "Elizabeth" Ann Collins Allred (1855 - 1927)
Thelma Blanche Andre Franklin Schambers (1895 - 1979)*
William Franklin Allred (1924 - 1988)*
Sunny Lane Cemetery
Created by: Margie & Bob
Record added: Dec 18, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32269669