Her soul took flight, Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Following a well-spent life, she was ready to be offered. The time of her departure was at hand. She fought a good fight. She finished her course. She kept the faith. Therefore, a homegoing celebration will be Saturday, June 19, 2010, at 11 a.m., at Nazarene Baptist Church in the Dunbar Community. Her body will be laid to rest in Dunbar Cemetery. Pastor Eugene Bellard will present the Eulogy and Pastor Lawrence Anderson will officiate.


Her soul took flight, Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Following a well-spent life, she was ready to be offered. The time of her departure was at hand. She fought a good fight. She finished her course. She kept the faith. Therefore, a homegoing celebration will be Saturday, June 19, 2010, at 11 a.m., at Nazarene Baptist Church in the Dunbar Community. Her body will be laid to rest in Dunbar Cemetery. Pastor Eugene Bellard will present the Eulogy and Pastor Lawrence Anderson will officiate.

 

Sammie, the only daughter, and the oldest of five children born to L.C. and Evelyn Gaines Douglass, was born in the Cheek Community, January 14, 1934. The family moved to the Dunbar Community when Sammie was 13 years of age. She graduated Douglass High School with the class of 1951.

 

She and Frank Lornes married in Gainesville, Texas, November 15, 1952. This union was blessed with three children: Sandra, Frank L. and Sylvia.

 

Sammie, totally committed to the cause of Christ, was a longtime member of Nazarene Baptist Church. She began teaching a Children’s Sunday School class when 16 years old. She served as Church Clerk, President of the Ushers’ Board, Secretary of the Women’s Mission, a member of the Church Choir and the Love County Community Choir. Her civic obligations entail secretary for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. organization, instrumental in organizing the Juneteenth Celebration, and involvement with the upkeep of Dunbar Cemetery.

 

In addition to 21 years of employment at Marietta’s Cookie Shop, in 1999 Sammie retired, following more than 17 years of driving a bus for Big Five Community Services. Although she retired, she remained very active. Each Wednesday she was a Pink Lady Volunteer at Mercy Health Love County Hospital. She substituted at Big Five Headstart when and as needed. She enjoyed the time spent working in her home, her lawn and garden. Her livelihood was helping others.

 

Those preceding her in death are her parents; and three brothers, Robert, Earnest and Donald Douglass.

 

Sammie is survived by her husband of more than 57 years; a son and daughter-in-law, Frank L. and Naomi Lornes, Marietta; two daughters, Sandra Lornes, Houston, and Sylvia Lornes, San Antonio; two brothers, Lewis Douglass and his wife, Lovetta and Ray Douglas, all of Marietta; five grandchildren, Greg Lornes, Shataka Lornes-Payne, Brandon Lornes, Alexander “Trey” Patton and Michael Patton; 12 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, cousins; and a host of other family and friends.

 

Visitation will begin at Kirk Funeral Home Chapel Friday at noon.

 

Condolences may be sent to kirkfuneralhome@msn.com.