Samuel “Sam” Vandiver 1930 ~ 2022


Samuel “Sam” Vandiver, 91, of Amarillo, passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2022. Memorial services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at the First Baptist Church of Canyon with Rev. Gene Jones officiating. Private interment will be in Dreamland Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 6:00 P.M. on Monday, July 25, 2022 at Brooks Chapel in Canyon. Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Directors of Canyon. Sam was born on September 4, 1930 in Reydon, Oklahoma to Joseph and Lillie (Bates) Vandiver. He married Jo Ann Prichard on August 3, 1981.

Sam was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He worked for Phillips Petroleum for 20 years and also did custom harvesting from 1970 to 1994. He owned Buffalo Inn for twelve years and owned and operated rental property in Canyon from 1953 to present.

Sam was a member of the Canyon Masonic Lodge #730 since 1955 and a member of Canyon VFW Post #430. He enjoyed collecting and repairing anything antique, from clocks, gas pumps, pedal cars and tractors to antique phonographs. He also collected commemorative rifles and shotguns.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Bert Vandiver, three sisters, Ruth, Modell, and Josephine, and a nephew, Jim Rowley. Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Vandiver; daughter, Sue Ann Bawden; two sons, Jack Vandiver and Bob Vandiver; stepdaughter, Tammy Swartz; eight grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. The family suggests memorials be to the Canyon Masonic Lodge #730, 909 9th Avenue, Canyon, TX 79015 or to the Canyon VFW Post #430, PO Box 417, Canyon, TX 79015.

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