Gilley, Samuel Read

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Samuel Read Gilley, 73 of Christiansburg, passed away at his home on Sunday February 20th 2022 surrounded by family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hardin and Eleanor Smartt Gilley, son Christopher Read Gilley; and brother John Edmond Gilley.

Sam is survived by his wife, Christina Thomasson Gilley; children, Matthew Addison Gilley and wife Sonja, Annalynn Hardin Gilley; Jacob Read Gilley and wife Camria; grandchildren, Aubri Renee, Kenzie Grace, Ethan Addison, Dylan Rose, Avery Lynn, and Lyla Mae Gilley; siblings, David Frederick Gilley and Margaret Lynn Gilley; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Sam served in the US Army from 1969-1975. He graduated from aviation school and was a SP5 Helicopter Crew Chief. He attended Radford University and was known by “Sammy” or “Sambo” while he enjoyed his love for the game of golf, fishing and archery.

Visitation is Thursday, February 24th, 2022 from 5-7 p.m. at Horne Funeral Home. Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 25th, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Belmont Christian Church.

In memory of Sambo, we are placing a bench along the Huckleberry Trail where he would ride every day. Donations can be sent directly to Christiansburg Parks & Recreation Department; 1600 N Franklin St.; Christiansburg VA 24073 or over the phone at 540-382-2349.