Lt. Colonel Samuel Langley, 80, of Little Rock, AR, passed away March 5, 2018. A celebration of his life will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the chapel of Nave Funeral Home with Rev Diane Luton Blum and Rev Paul Moody officiating. Burial will follow in Ben Brown Cemetery with full military honors.
Samuels family will receive friends on Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Samuel was predeceased by his parents, Herschel and Sarabel Langley, his sister, Willene Hendon, and brother-in-law, Bob, and grandson, Nickolas Herricks. Sam is survived by his wife, Gwen Holton Langley; his brother, George Langley (Brenda), his daughter, Jennifer Herricks (Dennis); his son, Patrick Langley, and granddaughters Catherine (Eric) Brown, and Sarah Herricks.
Samuel grew up in Little Rock, graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1956 and graduated from Texas A & M, with a degree in Marketing. Sam's first assignment was Special Forces in the 101st Airborne Division in Kentucky. He served two tours in Vietnam and served as a Base Commander. As a Major, he was a Professor of Military Science at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. As Lt. Colonel, he was assigned as Commander/AG of U.S. Army Personnel for NATO in the Southern Region of Europe. During his last years in the Army, he served in Naples, Italy and Honolulu, Hawaii as Commander of Army Recreational Facilities.
Samuel was an outdoorsy sort who loved golf, gardening, running marathons and fishing. He loved animals of all kinds, wanting them to be his pets. His love of music embraced all genres, including pop, country, opera and symphonic. He owned an antique shop in Georgia for several years, and was passionate about estate and garage sales.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans (DAV); P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH, 45250-0301.
Arrangements are in the care of Nave Funeral Home, (931) 289-4277, NaveFuneralHomes.com.