ForeverMissed
Memorial service to be held outside on Saturday, March 27, 10:00am at Horizon Baptist Church (1005 Los Vista, Leander, TX 78641). Please bring your own chair.


This website was created as a way to share stories and remember the good times. Leave a memory or tribute to Sam. Check out the gallery and feel free to add to it. Thank you for remembering Sam with us.
Posted by Bobby Grant on March 29, 2021
Having known Sammy from birth, we watched him grow throughout his childhood and teen years. We saw him less in his adult years but tried to make contact when we could. We have always loved him and held him in our hearts. We will forever remember his kindness to others. Rest in Peace dear Sammy.
Posted by Jeff Meraz on March 25, 2021
Sam
You are and will always be a true brother. Meeting and becoming a close friend has enriched my life. My memories of sharing coffee and stories early in the morning will always remain with me. We had such fun enjoying meals and fellowship together. Your positive attitude, caring for others, and sharing your experiences enriched mine and many others lives. I will miss feeding our little squirrel buddies. I am deeply saddened you are not here but find solice that you are with your higher power. Until we meet again my brother Sam

Love your brother Jeff Meraz
Posted by Michelle Brewer on March 23, 2021
I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Sam face to face. He was my older sister’s companion for awhile. Before she died she told me that she talked to Sam often. Sam and I became friends on Facebook. He shared his experience, strength and hope via messenger. I’m grateful that his family relationships were restored. My hope is that his mother and his children feel peace and comfort wrapped in God’s arms. Sam was a miracle.
Ever imperfectly yours,
Michelle Brewer
Posted by BRITTANY NOLEN on March 22, 2021
Dad, 

You will be greatly missed.   I have many wonderful memories with you growing up.  You taught me how to fish, baited my hook countless times, and helped me take a million perch off my line.    You loved your family, food, music, and faith.  You never missed the opportunity to tell me how proud of me you were, and I believed you.    You taught me to appreciate the simple things in life, and not to dwell on the past or sweat the small stuff (easier said than done).   You taught me a great appreciation for hard work, self reliance, and grit. 

Some life lessons I learned from you and with you were hard-  some I wish others didn't have to go through, but they made me who I am, and for that- I am grateful for the character that was built in me, through you.     Our family dynamics were unique to many, but you and Mom have always gracefully created a loving atmosphere for Odell and I, and our families, no matter the time or place.  Our lives were better for the continued family cohesion, and I will forever be grateful for the times we were all able to spend together without the worry of contention or separation.   

You fought a lifelong journey with addiction and put in the hard work to get where you were.  We were so proud of you too.  You were a walking miracle, no doubt.  I thank God for allowing you to be such a close part of our lives the last few years. I thank God for all the wonderful times that Chris, Mikaela, and Delilah "Princess" got to spend with you.   You were made to be a PawPaw. 

Even with a grim forecast from the doctors, you simply said you were not going to worry, and it was in God's hands. You said you were truly at peace.  I am relieved that you are no longer in pain and that you do not have to fight anymore.   I naturally wish I had more time to spend with you, but your memory will live on through us and we will continue to celebrate your life.  

May you rest in peace. 
Love,
Brittany 
Posted by Odell Grant on March 21, 2021
Dad,

We love you so much and will miss you dearly. I thank God for the time we had together. You were a wonderful father to Brittany and I, and an amazing grandpa to Clara and Jesse. I praise God for his grace, mercy, and the miracles I saw him do in your life. I praise Him for the chance to have you in our lives and the opportunity for you to know my wife and kids. Like I told you before the Lord took you home, I am so proud of you and I know how proud you were of me and my family. I love you so much.
Posted by Mary Jo Grant on March 21, 2021
We’ll love you and remember you forever, Sammy! You were the very best PawPaw and Clara and Jesse will miss playing with you and sharing snacks. It won’t be the same without you, but we know you’re in a better place. So glad to have known you!

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Posted by Bobby Grant on March 29, 2021
Having known Sammy from birth, we watched him grow throughout his childhood and teen years. We saw him less in his adult years but tried to make contact when we could. We have always loved him and held him in our hearts. We will forever remember his kindness to others. Rest in Peace dear Sammy.
Posted by Jeff Meraz on March 25, 2021
Sam
You are and will always be a true brother. Meeting and becoming a close friend has enriched my life. My memories of sharing coffee and stories early in the morning will always remain with me. We had such fun enjoying meals and fellowship together. Your positive attitude, caring for others, and sharing your experiences enriched mine and many others lives. I will miss feeding our little squirrel buddies. I am deeply saddened you are not here but find solice that you are with your higher power. Until we meet again my brother Sam

Love your brother Jeff Meraz
Posted by Michelle Brewer on March 23, 2021
I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Sam face to face. He was my older sister’s companion for awhile. Before she died she told me that she talked to Sam often. Sam and I became friends on Facebook. He shared his experience, strength and hope via messenger. I’m grateful that his family relationships were restored. My hope is that his mother and his children feel peace and comfort wrapped in God’s arms. Sam was a miracle.
Ever imperfectly yours,
Michelle Brewer
his Life

In loving memory of Sam Grant

Samuel Odell Grant, Jr. left this world for his heavenly home on 18 March 2021. “Sammy”, as he was known by his family, was born on September 29, 1958 in Killeen, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Odell Grant, Sr. and is survived by his mother, Jeanne Grant Gautier, and his sister Lisa Grant and Patty Frasher. Sammy adored his family; his son Samuel Odell Grant, III and Mary Jo, and his daughter Brittany Nolen and Chris Nolen. He is also survived by the love of his “grandbabies”; Clara (aka Sweetheart) and Jesse (aka Dude) Grant, and Mikaela and Delilah (aka Princess) Nolen.

Sammy graduated from Austin High School in 1977 and enjoyed woodworking projects with his father becoming a third generation craftsman and master carpenter, and traveling the country attending art shows with the family. He enjoyed baseball and everything Texas, and was a lifelong Longhorn fan. Ever since he was a child, Sammy could not stay still for very long. Whenever he could, he loved getting into adventures with his sister, his cousins, and his many neighborhood friends on Pete’s Path. Sammy adored his children teaching them everything he could about fishing, hunting, baseball and good sportsmanship. He coached Odell’s Little League team for many years. Sammy loved being with his family, especially his “grandbabies”. He loved being outside and sharing his love of good food and music with his family and friends.

Sammy was a gentleman who had a warm heart and a kind spirit. He was tough as nails on the outside, but always sweet and gentle on the inside. He will be missed by all who knew him. He was one of the good guys.

- Lovingly written by Larry Wheaton
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A happy go lucky man

Shared by Kate Carlile on March 22, 2021
Sam,
 You’ll forever be missed by Mason, Nate and I. I remember the first time I met you. You were so welcoming considering I was new to Texas. We had fun last summer barbecuing, swimming, and just talking. I’ll never forget Fourth of July. All the boys were being silly throwing these fire crackers at each other backs and of course they convinced you to do it and sure enough you did it and showed the
men how it was really done. You were and will always be a brave soul. You’re music was the best. I could sit there and listen to your songs for hours. I’ll never forget walking up to the house every time and seeing you snd asking you how you been and your forever response was “I’m allllrighttt.” Thank you for being you and being a role model to Mason. He loved helping you in the garden and getting rewards like a dollar bill or green mints. You made everyone smile. The memories and smiles will be cherished forever. You will never be forgotten. We love you cowboy! 

Cowboy Sammy

Shared by Elisa Grant on March 21, 2021
So many stories of my Brother, Sammy but one that has stuck with me forever as children and one he and I have laughed at remembering was  the afternoon in Salado our Cousin Monroe Moore, let us take the horse's out  for an open Country ride just the two of us.
Monroe asked Sam if he wanted him to saddle his horse for him like he did mine. He said, "No, Hell  I got this. A monkey can saddle a horse! " I Didn't understand at the time why Monroe was giggling
under his breath watching him tighten his saddle.
That would come clear when we both approached the Salado Creek.
Sam said let's jump the Creek. Now it was about 8-10' across. At that time our only times on a horse were a handful of times with Monroe. By no means we're we taught limitations.
I went first. Cleared.
Cowboy Sam gets his horse a good bit back to get a running jump.
Everything looked like a slow motion Cowboy movie right up to the point of the start of water.
His horse stopped dead in his tracks hurtling him forward still in saddle and quickly saddle tuned upside down with him still in saddle. The forward motion turned his saddle completely upside down. The Mare then softly, slowly walk across the creek with him poping up for air about every third step the horse took. 
I stayed high and dry that beautiful afternoon together. He was wet from head to toe swearing he was gonna beat my butt if I didn't stop laughing.
There were two other events with a horse over the years with Sammy not ending much better.
Sam was fearless. A Risk taker. His body tall and lean and it always just seemed to bounce and bend like rubber.
He was a Good Big Brother. 
I thought he had 100 lives.
I'm so happy he had as much time as he did with his Pride and Joy, his Grandchildren.
I thank you all who have kept the family in your thoughts and prayers the last few weeks.  
We all felt them.