Samuel Melvin Green, age 81, of El Dorado Springs, Missouri, departed this life on February 10, 2011, in Cedar County Memorial Hospital with his wife Fern and daughter Sheila Ann at his side. Sam was born November 2, 1929, not far from the present city limits of Stockton, Missouri, in an area now covered by the waters of Stockton Lake. Sam was the sixth of eight children born to John Franklin and Katie Ethelbelle (Culver) Green.
Preceding Sam in death were his parents; a daughter, Lannie; two sisters: Goldie Brown and Emma Lee Lawrence; and younger brother Jack.
Survivors include his wife Fern of the home; two children: Sheila Ann White and Rhonda Green; three step-children: Sharon, Tamara and Kevin Minton; several grand-children and great-grandchildren; three sisters: Mildred Clark of Kansas City, Aleene Houston of El Dorado Springs, and Nixola (Bud) Olinger of El Dorado Springs; and one brother, Charles (Myrtle) of Pleasant Hill.
In 1947, Sam moved to California where he worked in the farming industry and later in the industrial are of southern California. He became a journeyman welder and all-around maintenance man for Rome Cable in Torrance, California. He worked there for almost thirty years before moving back to Missouri, where he had previously bought his thirty acre home site.
In 1950, Sam married Shelia Johnson in California, and one daughter, Sheila Ann, was born to this union. Later that year Sam was called into the US Army and served in Korea. He was wounded three times and was on active duty until the wars end. Due to his wounds, Sam received two Purple Hearts and the French Salutation from France.
With his second wife, Juanita, Sam had two daughters: Rhonda and Lannie. Lannie died at the age of five. After Juanita’s death, Sam married Yvetta Fern Foraker in El Dorado Springs, on July 7, 1979. No children were born to their marriage, but Sam was a loving father to Fern’s three children: Sharon, Tamara, and Kevin Minton.
Sam had a life-long relationship with God and was a member of the Living Church of God of Charlotte, North Carolina. He was a thoughtful person, honest, and a hard worker at whatever he set out to do. He single-handedly built his barn, made additions to the family home, and excelled at everything he did. He and Fern enjoyed hiking, fishing, and camping. Around his home, Sam enjoyed his garden and flowers and kept his lawn mowed to perfection.
Sam will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held on Monday, February 14, 2011, at 2:00 PM, at the Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home in El Dorado Springs, Missouri, with Dana Taylor and Howard McPeak officiating. Burial followed at Hazel Dell Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeremy White, Dennis Taylor, Robert Olinger, Bud Olinger, and Bob Shourt.