Samuel Jay Goldstein

December 31, 1955November 27, 2018

Samuel Jay "Sammy" Goldstein, 62, was born December 31, 1955 in Jackson, TN, where he was raised by Mickey and Joanne Goldstein.

He graduated from Jackson Central Merry High School and The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was the Senior Supply Chain Manager at Checkers/ Rally`s, Inc. in Tampa, Florida. Previously at Captain D's and Shoney's in Nashville, TN, he was a Purchasing and Research and Development Director. He was an outstanding chef, enjoyed dancing, and loved Tennessee football! Sammy's cheerful demeanor and positive attitude will be greatly missed by his family, friends and colleagues.

He is survived by his mother, Joanne Bergel Goldstein, his children, Christopher Bergeron (Teresa) of Evans, GA and Jonathon Bergeron of Franklin, TN; three grandchildren, Olivia, Oliver and Jameson Bergeron, his brother David Goldstein of Essexville, MI, two sisters, Pat Goldstein of Memphis, TN and, Jill Patton (John) of Olive Branch, MS; and neices and nephews, Lauren Schook( Karl), Josh Goldstein (Becky), Allison Mayden (Brett), Chris, Cayce, Tyler and Taylor Brasel.

Visitation will be held Sunday December 2, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at George A. Smith and Sons Funeral Home 2812 N Highland Ave, Jackson TN. A celebration of Sammy's life will be held on Monday, December 3, 11:00 a.m. at Congregation B’nai Israel 401 W Grand St. Jackson, TN.

A fund has been set up in Sammys name. Contributions may be sent to West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation, for Diabetes Education and Care 620 Skyline Drive, Jackson, TN 38301.


  • Joanne Bergel Goldstein, Mother
  • Christopher Bergeron (Teresa), Son
  • Jonathon Bergeron, Son
  • Olivia, Oliver, and Jameson Bergeron, Grandchildren
  • David Goldstein, Brother
  • Pat Goldstein, Sister
  • Jill Patton (John), Sister
  • Lauren Schook (Karl), Niece
  • Josh Goldstein (Becky), Nephew
  • Allison Mayden (Brett), Niece
  • Chris Brasel, Nephew
  • Cayce Brasel, Niece
  • Tyler Brasel, Nephew
  • Taylor Brasel, Niece

  • A fund has been set up in Sammys name. Contributions may be sent to West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation, for Diabetes Education and Care 620 Skyline Drive, Jackson, TN 38301.


  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones Sunday, December 2, 2018
  • The Funeral Service Monday, December 3, 2018

Samuel Jay Goldstein

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Ken Caldwell

February 4, 2019

My family will continue to keep you in our prays. Sammy will always be missed.
His humor kept me going may days with all the work pressure we live with.
I have many memories of some trips with Sammy and many dinners.
I learned more about food from Sammy than I probably needed to know.
We were lucky to win a company cruise and enjoyed being on the same trip.
Continued prayers to your family and God bless.

Ed Cole

January 5, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Sammy's passing. I first met him 7 years ago when I was calling on him as he was the bread buyer for Checkers. While he was passionate about his work, that did not compare to his love for the Volunteers. I was fortunate enough to get to go with him to a TN vs FL game in Gainesville. While the results were not what we wanted, it was a great trip overall. He will be greatly missed.

Alicia Boswell Franco

December 10, 2018

Sammy was always happy.....smiling..... loved his family.....wonderful person.....heaven bound....
Glad to have known this fine individual❤️
Alicia Boswell Franco

Alan Wilson

December 4, 2018

Sammy was a good friend and Sig Ep fraternity brother. He and I were a team as he was chapter comptroller when I was president. He was smart, always enthusiastic, and had a smile on his face. He was a critical in improving chapter finances, but most importantly, Sammy was a friend, counselor and a bright light. My warmest condolences to your family.

Al McKibben

December 3, 2018

As one of Sammy's vendors, I always loved calling on, talking to, or hanging out with Sammy. He always had a smile and a warm greeting. He loved people and it showed. I will miss him.

Hugh Exum

November 30, 2018

Sam and I were neighborhood pals growing up. We howled at MAD magazine and sneaked looks at Playboys. Played a thousand games of chess and shot each other with BB guns. He even tried to teach me Hebrew before his Bar Mitzvah, which I remember well. I have such fond memories. It was a fab time and place to grow up. RIP Sammy, we had a blast..

Tim Detrick I Supply Co.

November 30, 2018

Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of a great man. I had the pleasure to work with Sammy during his reign at Checkers/Rally's. Many great laughs and memories with Sammy. He was a great work partner and will be sadly missed. Rest in peace Sammy.

Deena Hardy

November 30, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with Sammy for many years, he was a customer of ours in the Checkers/Rally world. What a great man, such a joy to work with. We shared many laughs and many ballroom dances at the CR Conventions. Loved his southern charm and mannerism. Sammy, my friend, may you rest in peace. Prayers and condolences to his family and his Checkers family as well.

Susan Harrison

November 30, 2018

Being in the foodservice industry for almost 20 years, I always ran into Sammy at different industry events like the NRA or Market Vision. I always remember him sitting at the front of the class and always with a smile on his face. He definitely was a character and I know made an impression on so many of us. He will be surely missed.

Kristen Szabo

November 30, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with Sammy at the Checkers Office for the past 4 years. There was never a day that he did not have a smile on his face and a warm greeting - "Every day is a Holiday". He was a very special man who will be missed by all who knew him.