Sammy Hugh Guyer Jr. was born November 6, 1957 in Marshall and died after a long and courageous battle with multiple illnesses at his home in Marshall on July 1, 2019.
Sam was preceded in death by his father, Sammy Hugh Guyer Sr., and his mother, Elizabeth Anne Canson Guyer. He is survived by his wife Kim Guyer, daughters Samantha Nelson, Karen Guyer, and step-daughter Chelsea Maxwell. He also leaves behind grandchildren, Nathan Guyer, Christopher Nelson, Hunter East, Conner Lay, and Bentley Lay. Sam loved his family and was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
He will be dearly missed by his brothers, Tim Guyer, Rob Guyer and wife Tracy, and Toby Guyer and wife Payal, and by his aunts, uncles and many cousins. He is fondly remembered by all for his good nature, gentle disposition, and inquiring mind.
Sam spent most of his adult life in the automotive parts industry, working as Parts Manager for major dealerships in East and Northeast Texas. He was dedicated to his employers and his customers. He was always willing to go the extra mile to solve his customer’s problems in the timeliest, most cost effective way possible. Sam enjoyed great popularity in his profession because he treated all his customers with the same respect and willingness to help, regardless of whether their needs were small or large. He would work as hard to find an inexpensive hose fitting for someone trying to keep an old vehicle running as he worked to find the best deal on a new truck engine for a fleet manager.
In his younger days, Sam loved to explore the woods and swamps around Caddo Lake and the Sabine River bottom. He was, for many years, a member of the Sabine River Rats. He enjoyed sports as a youth and always encouraged his grandchildren and their friends in all their activities.
In recent years, Sam fought several debilitating illnesses, beginning with complications arising from Lyme Disease. In 2011, he was diagnosed with potentially fatal sepsis infection. Post-sepsis syndrome caused him many difficulties which he courageously battled for the rest of his life. Right up to the end, he accepted his fate but continued to struggle to overcome the many challenging symptoms and difficulties of the disease, including chronic COPD and emphysema. In his final weeks, he managed to present to family members an upbeat and positive outlook in spite of the dire nature of his illness.
Sam drew much strength and courage watching Pastor Raymond Woodward’s Bible Studies, reading selected texts in his own bible at home. Sam will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him. The family expresses their gratitude to Dr. Terry Gerber, whose medical knowledge and care was of invaluable assistance to Sam.
A family gathering and celebration of Sam’s life was held at Grange Church on Highway 43 in Marshall on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 2 PM. On-line condolences may be offered at www.meadowbrookfh.com