Combest Family Funeral Homes
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Tahoka, TX  79373
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Sammy "Sam" Joe Pridmore

of Tahoka, TX

August 18, 1935 - January 6, 2021

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Sammy Joe “Sam” Pridmore, 85 of Tahoka passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021. He was born August 18, 1935 to Joe T. and Beulah (Smith) Pridmore in Lubbock. Sam graduated from Tahoka High School in 1951 at age 16. After graduation him and his cousin, Gordon Smith farmed for one year at Westpoint. That year was a dry year and no crop was harvested, that was when Sam decided farming was not for him. He married the love of his life, Betsy Adams Pridmore June 7, 1959 at the First Baptist Church in Tahoka. Sam worked as a lineman for LP&L in Lubbock to earn money for his commercial pilots license. He went to to Oklahoma City and worked for Gasco, flying to every state in the U.S. demonstrating and selling avionic equipment. In 1958, he came to Tahoka and flew for Lyntergar Electric contractor, Seth Lewis. in 1959 Sam bought his first plane and began his crop dusting career. For the next 45 years, Sam owned and operated Sam Pridmore & Son Aerial Spraying logging in more than 40,000 hours before retiring in 2001.. He was a member of the National Aerial Applicator Association (NAAA) and the Texas Aerial Applicator Association (TAAA). His aerial skills were featured in the book, Touring Texas Towns on page 298 by James and Linda Jennings. Sam enjoyed being an Honorary Deputy Sheriff, even though they never gave him a gun. He was a member of FBC Tahoka and Charter Downtown Bible class. Sam was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 61 years, Betsy Pridmore; son, Sammy (Dee Dee) Pridmore of Tahoka; daughter, Paige (Greg) Lindsey of Brownfield; seven grandchildren, Shea (Wes) Hester of Big Lake, Jerid (Micki) Pridmore of Lubbock, Josh (Janea) Pridmore of Lubbock, Cortney (Greg) McAnaw of Temple, Brennon (Sophie) Harston of Salado, Samantha (Colby) Norris of Lubbock, Treg (Breck) Lindsey of Marysville, CA; fourteen great-grands, Gavin, Hagan, Seth, Brody, Payton, Taylen, Brooklyn, Laken, Sutton, Coeyn, Zac, Brady, Charley Boone, and Sydney; and numerous friends.

A come-and-go visitation will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2021 at Combest Family Funeral Homes, Tahoka. Memorial Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2021 at First Baptist Church, Tahoka.

In lieu of flowers family suggest donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011 or to Pridmore/Knox/Adams Scholarship P.O. Box 1621 Tahoka, TX 79373.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at the Brownfield Rehabilitation and Care Center as well as the Interim Hospice staff for their loving care.

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5 Condolence(s)
Howard and Georgie Timmons
Brownfield, TX
Friday, January 8, 2021

May God bring comfort and peace. He was a very fine man and we know he will be greatly missed.

Brandy Kieth-Yeats
Tahoka, TX
Friday, January 8, 2021

One of my favorite "Sam-isms" was when I was growing up. He'd always tell us to "carry a big stick to knock the boys away". I'm going to miss him so much.

Jim and Sherry Hester
Friday, January 8, 2021

We didn't know Sam till he went to the home. He would ask for a ride to Tahoka. I felt bad telling him
we weren't going that way. Sweet man.

Tim and Melissa Pridmore
Lubbock, TX
Friday, January 8, 2021

We will miss you greatly Uncle Sam!

Donna Raindl
Lubbock, TX
Thursday, January 7, 2021

Dear sweet Sam.... always a smile, always a a chuckle, always made you feel like you were his best friend and he had missed you! Just the nicest, kindest man and I know the Pridmore’s have struggled to see Sam decline and I know their faith will give them the strength to get through this. We love you and lift you in prayer.
Donna & Mitch