Samuel “Sammy” Lee Hearn

SFC Samuel “Sammy” Lee Hearn, 77, of Doddsville, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 5, 2020 while surrounded by his family at home. 

Sammy was born Oct. 22, 1942 to Roy and Virginia Stephens Hearn in Doddsville where he grew up and graduated from Linn High School.  After school he enlisted in the Mississippi Army National Guard.  Sammy married the love of his life, Betty Jean Grammar, on June 4, 1965.  He went to work full time in the military in 1979 and in 1991 he went on active duty and served during Desert Storm/Desert Shield. He served for over 30 years in the United States Armed Forces.

Sammy joined the Masons in 1982 at O.L. McKay Lodge #580 in Sunflower and was a member of T.J. Catchings Lodge #394 in Inverness, Indianola Lodge #450, and Cleveland Lodge #470. He reached the highest degree in the York Rite Bodies, which was the Knights Templar. He was a member of the Delta Commandery Knights Templar of Greenville and a founding member of the National Sojourners Chapter #554 of Grenada, serving in all offices and locations. 

One of his greatest passions was gardening.  Sammy had a large garden which fed his family and friends for many years.  He was on the board of the LSR Fire Department, very active with Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief, and participated with the Eight Days of Hope disaster relief team.  He also helped many widows and families in his community at the hardest times in life, as well as helping them with their day-to-day needs. 

Sammy truly had a servant’s heart and would always go where help was needed.  One of his greatest gifts was showing people how to love.  Most of all he loved his family. He cherished his wife, children and grandchildren, and he adored his new great-granddaughter. He was a member of Linn Baptist Church.

Sammy was preceded in death by: his parents, Roy and Virginia Hearn; his brothers, Calvin, Newman, Dennis, Walter Clay and Bobby Hearn; and his sisters, Frances Abney, Audrey Newton and Annie Brown.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 54 years, Betty Hearn of Doddsville, one son, Samuel L. Hearn Jr. and his wife Teresa of Nicholasville, Ky.; one daughter, Vickie Lynn Hearn Sharp of Indianola;  five grandchildren, Kayla and Emily Sharp of Indianola, Sami (Logan) Barrow of Owensboro, Ky., and Grayson and Connor Hearn of Nicholasville, Ky.; one special great-granddaughter, Ellie Rose Barrow; one sister, Sandra Jan Jennings of Gore Springs; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A visitation honoring his life was held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8 at Linn Baptist Church. Graveside services followed at 3 p.m. at Linn Baptist Church Cemetery.

The Rev. Charles Jones and the Rev. Milton Burd officiated at the services.


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