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Christy Jewel Lain Sams
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Birth: Dec. 27, 1957
Lamb County
Texas, USA
Death: May 18, 1999
Potter County
Texas, USA

Services for Christy Lain Sams, 41, of Panhandle will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dough Harvey, pastor, officiating and the Rev. Jim Perkins, pastor of First Baptist Church, assisting.

Burial will be in Panhandle Cemetery under the direction of Minton-Chatwell Funerral Home. She died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 199 in Amarillo.

She was born in Littlefield and had been a lifelong resident of Panhandle. She was a member of First Christian Church and a member of the Panhandle Booster Club. She worked in the Human Resources Department of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. She married Junior Sams on Jan. 18, 1977 in Panhandle. He died in 1998.

Survivors include a son, Aaron Sams of Panhandle; a daughter, Allison Sams of Panhandle; her parents, Ford and Winifred Lain of Panhandle, and a sister, Susan James of Canyon.


Car, tractor-trailer wreck kills Panhandle woman

A collision Wednesday afternoon between a tractor-trailer and a car on U.S. Highway 60 claimed the life of a Panhandle woman.

A 1995 Freightliner, driven by Robert Wilhelm of Plains, was on the righthand shoulder of eastbound U.S. 60 in Carson County preparing to make a left turn at mile marker 340 while an eastbound 1995 Oldsmobile, driven by Christy Sams of Panhandle, was in the passing lane, said Trooper Wayne Beighle, Department of Public Safety spokesman.

The truck pulled in front of the Oldsmobile, and the two vehicles collided about 5 p.m., Beighle said.

Sams, 41, an employee of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division, was taken to Northwest Texas Hospital, where she died at 8:09 p.m., Beighle said.

Wilhelm was not injured in the collision, Beighle said.

Amarillo Globe-News
August 20, 1999


Christy was a member of the jury in the Oprah Winfrey vs. cattle industry trial. She was quoted in an Amarillo Globe-News (2/27/1998) article on the verdict.

Christy Sams of Panhandle, the jury foreman who works with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said she made up her mind only about an hour before the decision was reached at 10:40 a.m. Thursday.

``I feel like both sides had very valid points,'' Sams said. ``We had to follow the letter of the law, and I think that was hard on us. We believe you have free speech, as long as you use it responsibly, and there was a real fine line there.''

Family links: 
  Milton Ford Lain (1918 - 2006)
  Clifton Leon Sams (1957 - 1998)*
  Jimmy Ford Lain (1951 - 1988)*
  Christy Jewel Lain Sams (1957 - 1999)
*Calculated relationship
(Front) Married Jan 8 1977. (Back) Parents of Aaron and Alyson
Note: Grandmother of Mia Jewel Nickels, buried nearby.
Panhandle Cemetery
Carson County
Texas, USA
Plot: Unit 3, Lot 12, Row 7R, Space 21R
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Record added: Oct 01, 2008
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