Bobbie Jean Sams

February 3, 1933April 8, 2019

Bobbie J. Porterfield Sams, age 86, of Rutledge, Tennessee passed away Monday, April 8, 2019 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. She was a longtime member of the former Island Home Assembly of God in Knoxville where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School and was extremely active in all phases of the church. Bobbie was preceded in death by husband, William M. (Bud) Sams; parents, Robert and Lucille Porterfield; brother, Larry Porterfield; sisters, Clara Davis, Mildred Caldwell, and Lorena Richards. Bobbie is survived by loving family daughter, Sharon French (Fred); son, Randall M. Sams (Evelyn); four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, brother Charles Porterfield of Medisto, California and special friend Robert Hickle. Family will receive friends Friday, April 12, 2019 from 4:00pm until 6:00pm in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Highway with the funeral service to follow at 6:00pm, Charles Long officiating. Family and friends will meet at Berry Funeral Home Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10:15am to proceed to Woodlawn Cemetery for an 11:00am interment service. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Interment Saturday, April 13, 2019

Bobbie Jean Sams

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Vickie Hensley-Richardson

April 12, 2019

Miss Bobbie was my Sunday school teacher and friend. She always had that wonderful smile and always thought to ask about me and kept me in her prayers. Truly loved and will be truly missed.

Randy Longmire crlongmire

April 11, 2019

Bobbie and Bud were like my 2nd parents stayed many of nights with Randy at their home always had a great time always the best people you could ever meet

Sue Long

April 11, 2019

Our condolences to Bobbie's family. She was a great lady, friends to a-lot of people,and Sunday School teacher. Bobbie had a great sense of humor and the best giggle most of us will always remember. We know that she is home in heaven with her savior, Jesus, whom she loved with all her heart, but she will be missed by all that loved her here.