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Col. Sammie (Sam) Lee Lyles

May 11, 1941 ~ November 23, 2021 (age 80)


Col. Sammie (Sam) Lee Lyles, age 80, passed away November 23, 2021, at his home surrounded by family.  

Sam was the son of the late Penny and Mildred Lyles. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Bobbie Thomas.  

Col. Lyles is survived by his wife Wanda Lyles, son Scott Lyles, and daughter-in-law Katie Lyles. He also leaves behind two grandchildren Travis Lyles and Amanda Lyles.

Sam was born in Knoxville, TN on May 11, 1941. He graduated from Young High School and then attended Tennessee Tech University. After graduating he went into the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. Sam had a long and distinguished 27-year career when he retired honorably as a Colonel. He had two tours in Vietnam where he received the Bronze Star. One of his proudest moments in the military was when the unit he commanded received the Cutting Edge Award for excellence while assigned to the 193rd Infantry Brigade. After retiring from the military, he continued to find ways to serve. Once moving back to Knoxville, he became involved with AARP where he became the president of the Knoxville chapter, followed by serving on the State Executive Board in Nashville. 

He always loved the area in Scott County where his wife of 56 years grew up. In 2006 he moved to Scott County and quickly built relationships and became involved in the community. He wanted to serve his community in Scott County and was elected for three terms as a County Commissioner. 

His wishes were to be cremated and a graveside service with a celebration of life which will be at a later date.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, 2018 W Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916-2301, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  

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