Thursday, January 21, 2010

Reserve Pastor Way Dies At Age 71

By Richard Torres
For the Mountain Mail

RESERVE -- Sam Way, a minister and resident of Reserve pastor of Alpine Community Presbyterian Church, died at the age of 71 Saturday in Mesa, Ariz.
Way was in Luna the day before, when sudden pain prompted a medical evacuation via helicopter.
Joking as always, when the medical team asked what happened he stated: “I got the bill.”
Way and his wife Lisa were married for 12 years.
They met at Walgreens in Chandler, Ariz. After a courtship of six months, they were married in Flagstaff.
“He once told me all he wanted to do was save me, but then he fell in love,” Lisa Way said.
They arrived in Catron County about 10 years ago.
He was born September 5, 1938 in New York to Samuel Belvin Way and Effie Jefferson in New York. Way served in the Navy from 1958-62.
Way preached over the years at the Baptist Church, Presbyterian Church, Joy Fellowship, in Reserve, Glenwood, Silver City, cowboy camp meetings, and Alpine.
Survivors include his wife Lisa Way, his sons Keith Way of W. Bloomfield, Mich., Sam Way III of Detroit and Christopher Way of Byram, Miss, his stepdaughters Candi Brinson of Gilbert, Ariz., and Natalie Garcia of Chandler, Ariz., and 10 grandchildren.
Services for Sam Way will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Reserve High School gym.
“So many thanks to everyone who has reached out to me,” Lisa said.
Way will be buried, next to his mother, at a private ceremony at Apache Creek Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Alpine Community Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 658, Alpine, Arizona 85920. Phone number 928-339-1867.
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Pictured: Lisa and Sam Way

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