Samuel “Sam” Nance, 75, of Brownwood was called home to spend eternity with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Graveside services for Sam will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at Fort McKavett Cemetery in Fort McKavett, with Tim Skaggs officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 17 at Blaylock Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Home of Brownwood.

Sam was born on Aug. 6, 1943, to Samuel, Sr. and Myrtice (Burleson) Nance in Brady. Sam loved the country life, growing up on ranches in Menard and Sterling counties. He graduated from Sterling City High School in 1961, and later obtained a B.S. and Masters degree from Sul Ross State University in Alpine. He served his country as a medic in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Sam retired from Civil Service in September of 2006 after many years in federal service, first with the Soil Conservation Service and later with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Sam was an accomplished artist, with bronze sculpture and custom hunting knives being two of his specialties. He was also an avid collector of Indian artifacts from childhood. Sam was a member of Coggin Avenue Baptist Church. He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.

Sam is survived by his wife, Scarlett (Porter) Nance of Brownwood; three children, Kelly Harrell and husband Harry of Georgetown, Melissa Hettler and husband Jason of Trophy Club, Greg Loudermilk and wife Arisbet of Mansfield; and grandchildren, DeWayne Loudermilk and fiancé Emily Haney, Myrtis Loudermilk, Hayden Harrell, Savannah Harrell, and Chase Hettler. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel, Sr. and Myrtice Nance; and two sisters, Geri McCravy and Carole Speck.

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