Samuel Edward "Sam" Lease, 84, of Fort Ashby, W.Va., passed away on Sept. 10, 2019, at home, surrounded by his family. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Born Jan. 25, 1935, in Cresaptown, he was the son of the late Samuel Louis Lease and Anna Mary (McKenzie) Lease. He was also preceded in death by his infant sister, Jeannie; his brother, James Lease and wife, Lois; sisters, Marie Lease and Eva Jean Goldsworthy and husband, Bill; and a nephew, Eric Shaffer.
He was a graduate of Allegany High School. Sam proudly served in the U.S. Army and Reserves from 1955 to 1963. He worked at Gehauf's Restaurant, Howard Johnson's Restaurant, and then Cumberland Steel Company from 1968 to 1987.
Sam was an avid cook, preparing countless dinners at the Short Gap Fire Hall, where he was fondly known as "Spaghetti Sam." He never met a stranger and was always a generous host. You wouldn't leave his home hungry or thirsty. He loved to pass the time playing cards and watching the Steelers-win or lose. The Western Channel was his favorite.
Sam raised game chickens since he was 10 years old and had belonged to the Virginia Game Fowl Breeders Association. He enjoyed watching the birds and wildlife from his back porch during his failing health.
He loved worshipping at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church and was a former member of the Short Gap Volunteer Fire Department.
Sam is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Linda Lou (Shaffer) Lease; dedicated son, Timothy J. Lease and wife, Sandi, Hyndman, Pa.; granddaughter, Logan Lease and fiancée, James, Hyndman; and grandson, Cody Lease and fiancée, Hazel, Cresaptown. He was extremely proud of his great-grandchildren, Owen and Liam, with two more "dumplins" on the way; brothers-in-law, Michael Shaffer and wife, Judy, and Mark Shaffer and wife, Rhonda; nieces, Jessica Pencil and Robin Lashley; nephews, Andy, Scott and Brian Lease; numerous cousins and wonderful friends.
Friends will be received at the Upchurch Funeral Home, Inc., Fort Ashby, on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.
The funeral service will be held Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church on Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Scott Knowlton officiating. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service.
Military honors will be accorded at the church by Fort Cumberland Post 13 Veterans Honor Guard.
The family would like to thank Aging & Family Services of Mineral County, Frankfort Senior Center, WVU Medicine Hospice, Dr. Moen, and caretakers Charlotte Wagoner and Cindy Couture for providing wonderful care and support to Sam.
Memorial contributions may be made to either Aging & Family Services of Mineral County, 875 S. Mineral Street, Keyser, WV 26726; or to the WVU Medicine Hospice, 100 Pin Oak Lane, Keyser, WV 26726.
Published on September 10, 2019


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Theora Beckman
Sep 14, 2019
Sam was real card. He always made me laugh.We worked together years ago in crosstown.He will have everyone smiling in heaven.
Katrina D Robinette
Sep 13, 2019
Sam was such a nice man. It was a pleasure getting to know him. I will miss him, especially that smile. Linda, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Lots of love.
Tom Harris
Sep 12, 2019
SAM was a "character" -like Kramer on the Seinfeld series. He was a great friend to me; and a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Even though I have not seen him in over 11 years, I will never forget him. GOD BLESS Linda, Tim, and all his relatives and friends!
Wanda Miller
Sep 11, 2019
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