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With deepest sorrow, we announce that Samuel James Blair (Sam/Sammy/Sambo), age 21, our beloved son, brother, family member, friend, teammate, classmate and student passed suddenly Friday, Dec. 14, 2018.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 8227 County Road 205 at FM 1774 in Plantersville. A vigil service and parish rosary will follow at 7 p.m. A community candle light vigil service will take place 9 p.m. Friday at Rattler Stadium.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church with the Rev. Edward C. Kucera Jr. as the celebrant. The rite of committal will immediately follow in St. Mary’s Church cemetery.

Sammy was born in The Woodlands, Texas, Aug. 13, 1997, to Wayne and Dianne Mock Blair. He attended elementary school in Anderson, Texas, and then went on to Navasota, where he graduated in 2016. While attending these schools, Sammy made many treasured relationships with both students and teachers.

Those who knew Sammy, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives. His Catholic faith was at the center of his life and shown through in everything he did and said, even when — perhaps, especially when — he was just goofi ng around with his family and friends.

Sammy will be missed everyday by his parents, Wayne and Dianne Blair; sister, Cambry Yarotsky and husband Matt; brother, Cody Blair and his wife Lynn; his adored nieces and nephews Addison, Jack, Ellie, Rylan, Joe and Matt; his loving grandparents, Mary and Jimmy Jones and Mary Grace Mock; along with his tremendously loved family: Marsha, James, Jill, Brandi, Kevin, Deidre, Avery, Emily, Spencer, Helden, James, Renee, Santos; Colleen, Scott, Madalyn, Wilson, Kathy, Nathan, Brandon, Erin, Aiden, Greg, Michelle, Gracie, Meghan, Micah, Bill, Karen, William, Robin, Jena, Leah, Bethany, Samantha, Nicole, Claire, Paul, Kate, Tommy, Tate, Levi, Ella, Natalie, James, Lily, Owen, Elissa, Allan, Laura, Jacob, Kaitlin, Jeb, Marguerite, John, Aubrey, David, Kathryn, sweet baby and many, many cherished friends, teammates, and classmates, teachers and coaches.

We know Sammy is now rejoicing with his Grandpas William Mock and Donald Blair, all the sweet angels in all of our families who were never on this earth, and many more precious family members, now safe and secure in the arms of his beloved God.

From an early age, athletics was a very big part of Sammy’s life. He loved and formed lifelong bonds and friendships with each of his coaches and their families, teammates and their families and his host families. Sam and all of his family would like to thank all of these treasured teams: Grimes County Little League (baseball and football), Venom Baseball, Vipers Baseball, the College Station Twelve Baseball, College Station Sprinters track team, Navasota Junior High and High School baseball, football and track, Dallas D-bats baseball, Arkansas Razorbacks Baseball, Anchorage Pilots Baseball and Blinn Buccaneers Baseball, where he was currently playing ball. Each of these teams was incredibly special and infl uential in his life and played a huge role in shaping the incredible young man he became.

Sammy enjoyed spending time outdoors, making people laugh (especially with his crazy new dance moves and silly antics), and doing whatever it took to make the people around him feel special.

One of Sam’s favorite places in the world was St Mary’s Catholic Church in Plantersville, where he had his Baptism, Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confi rmation. Fr. Ed and his St. Mary’s parish family were a big part of Sammy’s life. The thing his family is most proud of him for is living his faith and trying to bring others closer to God.

Sammy will be greatly missed, but would want everyone to live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment.

This was Sammy’s favorite bible verse. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

In lieu of usual remembrances a scholarship in Sammy’s name is being set up. Memorial may be sent to First National Bank of Anderson, PO Box 159, Anderson, TX 77830-0159

We love you Sammy! You are invited to sign the guestbook and leave condolences for the family at