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Sammy Clayton Rich

September 6, 1942February 19, 2021
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Pell City – Funeral Service for Sammy Clayton Rich, age 78, will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Kilgroe Funeral Home. Visitation will be Wednesday night, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Interment will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery following the service. Mr. Rich, born on September 6, 1942, was a graduate of Pell City High School in the class of 1961. He met the love of his life, Jenny McCullough at the Pell City Skating Rink. Sam worked and retired from Stockham Valve and Fitting in Birmingham, then went to work for the City of Pell City Street Department before transferring to take over Animal Control for the city. He then retired from Animal Control only to return a few short years later to direct school traffic at Kennedy Elementary, Williams Intermediate, but was most remembered for the years he directed traffic at Victory Christian School. Sam really enjoyed directing school traffic at Victory. He was loved by the children as he directed traffic. They would bring him coffee, cookies, write him notes, and give him Christmas cards and gifts. Sam retired from the Army National Guard after serving 22 years. Sam’s Hobbies were mostly coaching little league baseball in which he coached for over 50 years. He loved coaching so much that in 2015 he came out of “retirement” and coached his grandson, Jacob, during his last year of playing “city baseball”. His team finished in 1st place and made it to All Stars. His team made it to District Play before the season came to an end. Sam was so proud of his team. Sam also participated in the “Senior Games” with the Senior Citizens Center here in Pell City. He won various medals in shooting pool, horseshoes, nerf football, and nerf Frisbee. Sam was a die-hard Auburn fan. He loved watching anything to do with Auburn, especially football. Sam also enjoyed watching his oldest grandson, Cody, march with the Pell City High School Band of Gold. He would help in the concession stand on Friday night football games by cooking boiled peanuts to sell to raise money for the band. When he was not watching Cody march, he was at the baseball field or football field watching his grandson, Jacob, play. Sam is survived by his wife, Jenny Rich; sons, Mark (Tanya) Rich and Tommy Rich; daughter, Valerie (Tommy) Shear; brother, Charles “Boot” Rich (Jerry Ann); sister, Rachel Parham; grandchildren, Cody (Beth) Rich, Jacob Shear, Courtney Shear, Mark Rich Jr., and Colleen Rich; he is also survived by his fur babies, Rascal and Peanut. He is preceded in death by his mother, Ada Mae Rich; father, Carey Rich; brothers, Frank Rich, CJ Rich, and Billy Rich; and his sister, Louise Ragsdale.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Alan Shaddix

February 26, 2021

My condolences. Sam was the Animal Control Officer at Pell City when I first started as a police officer and he was under my supervision when I got promoted. Sam was as reliable as a Swiss watch. If he wasn't at work on time, something was wrong. Sam didn't take any crap of anyone and I once watched him quietly drive a former mayor into a "hissy fit" by quietly and curtly answering questions. He was always willing to do more than was expected of him. Sam was an "institution" of public service. So sorry for your family's loss.

Becky Johnson

February 26, 2021

He always made people smile No matter what with a smile for everyone.

Patricia Mears

February 25, 2021

My first meeting Sam was a memory I shall never forget. Jenny and I were working at the downtown Golbro Jewelry Store. I had not been working there very long and was still trying to learn everyone. Sam came in one afternoon and Jenny wanted to introduce me to her husband. As she was introducing us I couldn’t help but noticing the Auburn cap he was wearing. Me being the Alabama fan that I am had to comment on who the better team was. Me, not realizing what a huge Auburn fan he was, and me trying to be cute, got off on the wrong foot immediately! I insulted him. I felt so bad. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to make amends with Sam. But, he eventually forgave me. He remained a die-hard Auburn fan and I have remained a die-hard Bama fan. Jenny I have fond memories of your Sam. I know things are going to be difficult for a while. Huge adjustments to make with him being gone. But we do know that one day you and Sam will be reunited. I love you my dear friend and will continue praying for you as you travel this new journey. You will not be alone as the Lord will carry you in His arms. 🙏

Elizabeth Mahek

February 24, 2021

He was always a kind & friendly man. I am so sorry for his loved ones in their loss. May the Lord give you comfort and hold you close,

Valerie Shear

February 22, 2021

Daddy....I didn’t think this day this day would ever come. You were suppose to be here forever. I knew you were tired and ready to go home. It was hard to watch you go, but I know you are no longer struggling to breath. I love you daddy. I will always be your little girl

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