Debra Rainey Sams of Dawson, died January 27, 2022, at her home in Dawson. Memorial services will be held Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 2:00 at the Bronwood Baptist Church. The Reverend Tommy McDonald will officiate. Inurnment will follow in the Brownwood Cemetery.
Debra was born on April 30, 1955, to Colden “Snooks” and Betty Sue Rainey. She grew up in Bronwood, graduated from Terrell Academy, and attended Georgia Southwestern College. She was a member of the Dawson United Methodist Church.
Debra’s entire career was spent in banking. In 1976, she started her work at the Bank of Dawson in an entry level position. She held numerous positions there, moving to Loan Officer and eventually to Vice-President. As recently as one month ago, Debra was working and helping coworkers and customers at the Bank of Dawson. She truly loved her work and serving as a mentor to others.
Debra’s two and a half-year battle with cancer was an inspiration to all who knew her. She was uncomplaining and courageous through many difficult days. A special thanks to all family, friends, and caregivers who supported her in this fight.
In addition to her parents, Debra was preceded in death by her beloved sister, Carol Rainey.
Survivors include her husband, Joe Sams; daughter, Joeanna Sams Chastain (Daniel) and grandson, Daniel Chastain, Jr.; sister, Joy Rainey Thompson (Jimmy); brother, Bob Rainey (Rhonda), and precious pet Schnauzer, Emma.
Those desiring may make memorials in memory of Debra to Friends of the Bronwood Cemetery, Inc., PO Box 194, Bronwood, GA 39826, or to the Humane Society of Terrell County, PO Box 311, Dawson, GA, 39842.