Sammie Burress

Monday, October 11, 1943 - Monday, July 2, 2018

A Kind and Caring Lady

Photo of Sammie Burress  - 1943-2018

Waynesville- Sammie Lou Burress, age 74, a lady who will forever be remembered as a kind, caring and serving person, passed away Monday, July 2, 2018.

Sammie was born October 11, 1943 to the late Samuel Lewis Burress and the late Edna Morrow Burress. She had resided most of her life in Haywood County and had been employed as a Registed Nurse, retiring with 35 dedicated years of service of caring for patients at Mission Hospitals, Charles George VA Medical Center and Haywood Regional Medical Center.  She attended Lake Junaluska First Baptist Church. Sammie often volunteered at The Waynesville Senior Citizen Center and playing bingo was one of her favorite pastimes. She was also a very artistic lady and her love for her family was immeasurable. She shall be deeply missed.

Surviving are her daughters, Terrie Lynn Sharpe of Oteen and Tracy Fowler of Clyde; grandchildren, Lea Caroline Sharpe and her fiance’, Christopher Seth Blaylock of Candler ; great-grandchildren, Jackson Lee Sharpe and Benjamin Maddox Blaylock.

To honor her request, no formal funeral services will be held.

The family of Ms. Burress wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff of Haywood Regional Medical Center and the Intensive Care Unit for their special care given to Sammie and also the Burress family.

Memorials may be made in Sammie’s memory to the Haywood County EMS, 141 Hemlock Street, Waynesville, NC 28786.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Burress family. 

Condolences from family and friends


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Prayers for you during this time. I am so glad I had the opportunity to work with and get to know her. She always was full of laughs and smiles. I know you are going to miss her. Love always Stephanie
Stephanie Kuykendall
Tracy and family, You have my deepest sympathy for the passing of your mother. I know she will always live in your hearts. Praying for peace for you all.
Jane Gladden
Sammie Lou and I are second cousins who enjoyed playing together as children who lived on Old Clyde Road. I learned to ride her bike by riding it off a hill. We often visited her grandmother, Nora Morrow, hoping for some candy. Her grandmother was a sister to my grandmother, Clearsia Morrow Downs. I send condolences to Sammie's children and family.
Judy Downs Henline
My deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss.
Lucinda Chapman
Dear Sweet Sammie- You will be missed, a wonderful person and great nurse. Condolences to the family.
Charlene Carswell
Sammie was very special to me, she had a way of always making me smile. I will be thinking of and praying for the family during this difficult time.
Cyndy Brown
Tracy, I am so sorry to read of the passing of Sammie. May you find peace knowing that she is no longer suffering. You will miss her and time will help you. I always had a good time when doing something with Sammie. It will be ok. Love you dearly
Jane Ray Young
Our sincere sympathy to the family of sammie to all our nurses who worked with sammie at haywood, we truly lost a special friend and nurse. Thinking of our weekends our work force spent together at dollywood and pigeon forge we truly got to know each other outside of work. Those are memories, that can never be erased. We all became sister nurses. Rest in peace our beloved sister, we will all be together, again when the good Lord decides he needs good nurses. Loretta and peggy
Loretta brucia and peggy morris
Sammie was a great friend to everyone she met, a great caring nurse, and was great to work with. The shift went by faster when she was there. Condolences to all the family she loved so much.
Elaine Swayney
Really enjoyed working with Sammie at Mission. She was always fun, and the patients loved her. Work was much better when Sammie was there. Condolences to her family and know that she loved you very much.
Vicki Perkins
I was lucky to have started as a brand new nurse working with Sammie 33 years ago. We worked the night shift for years together. There was never a dull moment working with her. She was such a good nurse and taught me so much about nursing but more importantly she taught us all so much about friendship and family! She had a great big heart. I have many special memories of this very special lady!
Christy Parker
Acts 24:15 “And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.”