Sam S. Langley, 80, of Columbia, formerly of Marshall, died July 14, 2007, at Boone County Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17, 2007, at First Christian Church, Columbia. Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church Memorial Fund, or the Sam S. and Ima Lou Langley Scholarship Fund, Yale Divinity School.
Sam was born Aug. 22, 1926, in Fordyce, Ariz. and spent his childhood years in the St. Louis community of Webster Groves. He received his undergraduate degree from Phillips University in Enid, Okla. and completed his Doctor of Divinity at Yale Divinity School. He married his precious Ima Lou in December of 1946. Rev. Langley pastored the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Marshall from 1963 to 1971 and also had congregations in Altus, Okla., Northside Christian Church in St. Louis and Kingsway Christian Church in Memphis, Tenn. before concluding his career at First Christian Church in Columbia. Rev. Langley held leadership positions in the community and state including being a member of Board of Trustees at Columbia College, Chairman of Board of Directors of Woodhaven Learning Center, member of the Columbia Rotary Club and member of the Board of Directors at Lenoir Retirement Community. He held positions as moderator of the Christian Church in Missouri and the Missouri Christian Minister's Institute.
Sam is survived by son Stephen and his wife Joanne of Kansas City; son Stan and his wife Trudy of Sturgeon; daughter Luanne of Nixa; and grandchildren Adam and Sarah.
He was preceded in death by Ima Lou on March 8, 2004, after 57 years of marriage.
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