Born Nov. 13, 1919, in Sawyer, Ky., he was a son of the late James William and Nannie Worley Vanover. He was the widower of Geneva Vanover, whom he was married to for 62 years.
Survivors include a daughter, Norma Vanover of Lancaster, Ky. He also leaves behind a host of relatives and friends.
Sam was a World War II veteran and was deployed as a pharmacist aboard the hospital ship U.S.S. Relief. He attended Cumberland College and graduated from University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. He was a member of the Lancaster United Methodist Church.
He taught Vo-Ag at Stanford High School before he was employed by the U.S. government as the soil conservationist in Springfield and Lancaster. He retired after more than 30 years of service.
He was a master beekeeper for more than 60 years. He enjoyed gardening, loved fishing and traveling, and was a professional photographer all his life. He had a great love of people and never met a stranger.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Herbert Vanover, Gilbert Vanover and Artman Vanover; and two sisters, Bessie Towe and Maudie Taylor.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Spurlin Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Don Hatton and Howard Coop officiating. Burial with military rites will be in Camp Nelson National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Active pallbearers will be Jim Towe, Carl Towe, Darrell Vanover, Donald Vanover, Keith Kidd, Kenneth Kidd, Dorwin Greer and Owen Dale Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be his nieces.
Visitation is 5-9 p.m. today.