Sammy Lee “Sam” Miller

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Sammy Lee “Sam” Miller, 71, born on December 9, 1952, in Lamar, Colorado, left this world on February 5, 2024, in Amarillo, Texas. He was the beloved son of Glenn and Fern Miller. Sam’s early years were filled with love and laughter, growing up in a close-knit family.

Sam’s time in the United States Army shaped his character and instilled a sense of duty within him. He served his country with honor.

After his military service, Sam forged a long and fulfilling career as a truck driver. He spent most of his time with Levi and Walmart, where he not only excelled professionally but also formed some of his closest, lifelong friendships.

Sam’s infectious sense of humor and his ornery nature brought joy and laughter to his family and friends’ lives. He will forever be remembered as a man who had a zest for life and a genuine love for those around him.

One of Sam’s greatest joys in life was traveling with his beloved wife, Cindy. They explored countless destinations together, creating beautiful memories along the way. Their adventures were filled with laughter and love. Their shared experiences served as a testament to their love and the depths of their connection.

Sam was a loving husband, father, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings Max Miller, Thelma Darnell, Jack Miller, and Bonnie Copess. Though their absence was deeply felt, their memories were cherished and kept alive in Sam’s heart.

Sam’s legacy will continue through the loved ones he leaves behind. His loving wife, Cindy Miller, stood by his side for over four decades. They were married on January 26, 1980, in Amarillo, Texas. Their marriage was built on a foundation of love, respect, and unwavering support. Together, they created a lifetime of cherished memories.

Sam’s children, Katari Buck (Steven James) and Jackie Belden (Cullen), and grandchildren, Gunnar Belden and Tanner Belden, were the pride and joy of his life. He cherished every moment spent with them, nurturing their dreams and supporting them through life’s challenges.

In addition to his children and grandchildren, Sam is survived by his sisters Sherry Piner (Garry), Virginia Barnhart, and Connie Woods (Darrell), and by many beloved nieces and nephews. Their bond was unbreakable, and they provided strength and comfort to one another throughout the years. Sam was grateful for their unwavering support and love.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at Sam’s Memorial Service, which will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Lighthouse Funeral Home, 3707 Wolflin Avenue in Amarillo, Texas. The service will be a celebration of Sam’s life, honoring the impact he had on all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to Lost Pets of Amarillo at or P.O. Box 19862, Amarillo, TX 79114. Sam had a soft spot for animals. 

Sam will be missed immensely, but his spirit will continue to live on through the memories he created and the love he shared. May he find eternal peace as he joins his loved ones who have gone before him.


  1. Jackie Belden

    I love you so much Pop. I hate that you are no longer here. You always made me laugh with the funny things you would say and do. I know are in heaven now, so I rejoice in that. I’ll see you again one day.
    I love you…Jackie

  2. Lesa Chandler

    Sammy was a definite character. If you knew him, you loved him. He will be greatly missed by many many people. Go rest high on that mountain Sammy. RIP

  3. Amanda McGowan

    From the first day I met them, Sam and Cindy always made me feel like I was one of their own kids. “Puttering” around Amarillo with Sam while he ran errands, going to play bingo, and listening to his hilarious stories will always be among my most favorite memories. I can’t wait to hear your laughter again in Heaven, Sam. Love you!

  4. Janet

    Uncle Sam never forgot to call or text on my birthday for as long as I can remember. He was the best! I will definitely miss our visits.

    Janet Rooney
    Thelma’s oldest daughter

  5. Gary and Sammie Stephenson

    Seems like yesterday we laughed and traveled Colorado, New Mexico together, stopping to eat and laugh some more. Stopping in Lamar to eat and visit with your sister and just being good friends while making a living driving for Walmart. You and Cindy will always be our close friends and love you guys so much. How could you always remember my birthday, when i struggle to remember my own. We always had special bond that friends develop, over time. Making plans to see you in GODS special place!

  6. Timothy Kamerer & Catherine Hermens

    Fly high, my friend. Fair winds and following seas. Catherine and I will always be there for your loving wife, our dearest friend, Cindy; on that you can depend. Until we meet again, God bless and may you rest in peace.

  7. Susan Tash

    I will miss you Sam. Spent nearly my entire driving career working with you, either for Levi Strauss or Walmart. You excelled in everything that you did when it came to driving, as you were the only three time driver of the year that Levi ever had. May God bless you my friend.

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