On the evening of January 31, 2019, Sammy Earl Player, of Paris, Texas, at the age of 80, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Calvary Chapel in Paris.
Sammy was born to Lonnie and Gertha Player in Paris, Texas, on September 23, 1938. He was a graduate of Paris High School and East Texas State University. The highlight of his time at PHS was in 1955 when he played shortstop for the baseball team that won the Texas High School Baseball Championship. After graduation from college, he was employed 38 years with General Electric Corporation retiring as District Manager of Credit and Collections. He served this country as a Staff Sergeant in the Texas National Guard and after four years of service, he was honorably discharged on August 14, 1964.
He was the father of two daughters, Kari Player Hale and Kelly Player and grandfather of Samantha Hale and Sarah Hale.
After the passing of his first wife Darlene Player, he married Gwen McCollum and with this union, he inherited two daughters, Julie (Paul) Prunty and Wendy (Rickey) Hayes, along with seven grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.
After retirement, much of his time was spent on the golf course until he was asked to volunteer at the Downtown Food Pantry which became his passion and joy. The volunteers at the pantry were like family to him and he loved each one. He had served the pantry in positions as a checker, floor manager, Floor Director, Board President. Sammy is preceded in death by his father, Lonnie; mother, Gertha; a sister–in–law, Betty Young Player; and a brother-in–law, Jim Haddock.
He is survived by his wife, Gwen, his 2 daughters, 2 granddaughters, his son-in-law, Tim Hale; sister Evelyn Haddock; brother Wayne Player; his extended family of Julie Prunty, Wendy Hayes, 7 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
If desired memorials may be made to the Downtown Food Pantry.