of West Memphis, AR
October 5, 1934 - July 25, 2021
Sam Avery Lehr Jr, 86, on Sunday July 25, 2021, instead of getting up to go to church got up and went to heaven He was preceded in death by his first wife Joan Minor Lehr and is survived by his devoted wife Carolyn, daughter Suzanne Ross (David) of Bella Vista Arkansas, his daughter Laura Lehr of White Lake Michigan, a loving Step Daughter Lyda Cay Harris of Dyersburg Tennessee and his son and Best friend Richard Lehr of Memphis, TN and brother Gene Lehr of West Memphis; grandchildren Baxter Ross, Emily Mullens, Garrett Eglitis and Hanna Swan and 2 great grandchildren Griffin Samuel Ross and Drew Collins Ross. Sam was a retired supervisor for the Army Corp. of Engineers for whom he worked for over 30 years. Sam kept busy during retirement with continual home improvements. He was the first "Tim the tool man Taylor". He loved to fish and his fish fries were a treat for so many.Sam contributed to the community through service on the West Memphis City Council, Vice mayor for the city, The West Memphis Airport Commission and the Great river road commission. He was active in the Jaycees and for many years sold Christmas trees for the Rosewood Methodist Men's club.Sam was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of West Memphis where he loved his chance to learn more about Christ through his Sunday School Class. He was never afraid to ask questions that would enhance his and the classes understanding of the scriptures. Sam fell in love and married Joan on Ground Hog Day 1958 and they raised 3 children together until the Lord called her home on February 6 ,1987. Sam's faith was tested during this time but he maintained that faith and the Lord filled the void that was left in his heart with Carolyn to whom he was married to for the last 26 years. Sam's Love and devotion to his family was only exceeded by his love and devotion to Christ whom he now stands beside in heaven. Sam had a strong faith and belief in Christ and showed this by example in the life he lived. Sam's fervent and sincere interest in other people won him many friends and acquaintances.The family kindly asks memorials be sent to either the West Memphis Presbyterian Church or to the American Caner Society. When I must Leave You; When I must leave you for aLittle while, please do notGrieve and shed wild tearsAnd hug your sorrow toYou through the years, butStart out bravely with aGallant smile and for mySake and in my name live onAnd do all things the same. Feed not your loneliness onEmpty days but fill each wakingHour in useful ways reachOut your hand in comfort andIn cheer and I in turn willComfort you and hold you nearAnd never never be afraid toDie for I am waiting for youIn the sky
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Our deepest condolences to the Lehr family. We are so saddened to learn of Sam’s passing. Sam was one of the finest persons you’d ever come to know.
I remember Mr.Lehr as a loving, kind, smart, spiritual, & hard working man. I ran into Sam some 11 years ago in a medical building in West Memphis. Mr. Lehr treated me like a dear old friend that day, handsome & kind, like he always was. GOD comfort his wife, children & loved ones. Love you Laura & Richard.
Carolyn, praying for comfort and peace during this time of grieving. Sam will be greatly missed but his legacy will live on through his family and many friends. He was a great example of his Christian faith. Praying are with the Lehr family.
Richard, I was so saddened to heart about the passing with deer sweet daddy. He always and a smile on his face and was always so welcoming of me into your home. I know you have just lost your best friend but hang onto the precious memories that your made together. He was definitely a favorite of mine. Love always,Amy
Suzanne so sorry for your loss. prayers for you and all your family.
Dear Laura and Family. We are so saddened for your loss. We loved when Sam and Caroline came up to visit you guys. He was a warm, wonderful man and a great conversationalist. He will be very missed. Our love and prayers go out to you.
Suzanne, I was sorry to hear of your father’s death. His obituary is a beautiful tribute to a good man who did much for his family and community. Regardless of the circumstances the loss of a parent is very difficult. My heart is with you and your entire family in this difficult time. Bobby
Carolyn, you are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope you feel the warmth of our arms surrounding you with love and concern at this sad time in your life. Big Hugs, Jimmie
Carolyn, I am so very sorry to hear of Uncle Sam’s passing. I know he is at peace now with our Heavenly Father and may your memories help comfort you during this time. Thinking of all of you and sending much loveWith Love, Roxi
Suzanne, Richard, Laura and Miss Carolyn so sorry for your loss. From the first day I meet Sam he always made me feel apart of your family. If of any comfort Sam lived a very good life but more important he was a exceptionally good man. I too will miss him.
Uncle Sam will be missed so much but never forgotten. He lived his life as a true man of God and God's love shined through him to all of us. Praying for all the family in this difficult time. He was truly a man of God. This I know to be true.
Dear Laura and FamilySo very sorry for your loss. Will keep you in our prayers Donna and Ken Presley
My heart breaks for you Carolyn. Uncle Sam was one of a kind. He has been there for our family through tough times. We will miss his sweet spirit, timely advice, and unconditional love. Our love and prayers for you, Richard, Suzanne and Laura. We know he is rejoicing with Jesus and get great comfort in our faith.
Carolyn I’m so sad to hear of Sam’s death. He was truly one of the most special men I have ever meet. He always had a smile, asking about my family and sharing some times we had as neighbors. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Carolyn, Jerry and I are so sorry to hear of Sam’s passing! May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you comfort as you face the difficult days ahead!
We are sorry for your loss. Praying for all.
We are so sorry to hear about your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Our prayers for you Carolyn. So sorry to hear of Sam's passing. God be with you during this time
Prayers for the Lehr family. Mr. Sam was a sweet man. Enjoyed working with him while he was on the City Council and several boards. 🙏🏻
I will truly miss Uncle Sam at family gatherings, he always made me feel special. May he rest in peace 🕊️ 🙏❤️
Prayers go out for Sam, Mrs. Lehr and family members. He was a great friend and mentor. I am truly said that he passed away. Memories of the past, when the Lehr's, Felty's and Luttrell's went camping and water skiing at Greer's Ferry Lake we always had a great time. Sincerely,Andy Luttrell
Carolyn, we are so sorry for the loss of Sam. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers.
So sad to hear this....Good man, good neighbor. Prayers for the Lehr family during this time of loss.
Carolyn I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Sam. Please know that my prayers and thoughts will be with you and your family. I will especially be praying for your comfort and peace and that God will surround you with HIS mighty presence.
Dear Carolyn, I am shocked to read about Sam. He was a wonderful man. I'm sorry I'm not there to help you. Sam is well now in the arms of Jesus. Take care. I love you