Sam Wolfe

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Visitation Details

Service Details
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM 8:00 PM
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013 South Chapel Bordwine Funeral Home
South Chapel, Bordwine Funeral Home  
11:00 AM, Friday,

November 22, 2013 McMinn Memory Gardens













Sam Wolfe, age 73, of Delano, went to his heavenly home, Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at UT Medical Center in Knoxville, TN.


He was a son of the late Brunner and Amalee Wolfe, and a native of Monroe County. Sam was the owner and partner of the Tom Thumb Restaurant along with his wife, Ethel. He was a proud vet of the U.S. Army serving in Korea, a member of Delano Baptist Church, and the American Legion of Etowah, post 0011. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and was preceded in death by his parents, listed above; his brothers, Horace B. and Tommy Wolfe; and sisters, Nell Rickman and Violet Trivett.


Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Ethel Wolfe of Delano; sons and daughter-in-law, Steve and Jenay Wolfe of Etowah, and Scott Wolfe of Benton Station; daughter, Penny Wolfe of Delano; grandchildren, Adam Wolfe and wife, Brandie of Delano, Amber Wolfe of Knoxville, Laura Wolfe of Etowah, and Natasha and husband, Keith Dyer of Sweetwater; great-grandchildren, Cameron Wolfe, Hailey, Joshua, and Jacob Dyer; brothers and sisters-in-law, Donnie and Linda Wolfe of Lenoir City and Jimmy and Priscilla Wolfe of Athens; sisters and brothers-in-law, Wanda Murphy of Madisonville, Betty Byers of Sweetwater, Midge and Clarence Clark of Sweetwater, Gail and Gary Hutson of Lenoir City, Dot McCosh of Knoxville, and Karen Richmond of Lenoir City; and several nieces and nephews.

               Funeral service will be held at 8:00 p.m., Thursday, November 21, 2013 in the South Chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with Dr. John Powers officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service. Family and friends will assemble at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 22 at the funeral home and proceed to McMinn Memory Gardens for an 11:00 a.m., committal service with military honors. John Bohannon, Ryan Combs, Ethan Starr, Tyler Williams, Adam Wolfe, and Nathan Woody will serve as pallbearers.



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  1. pat and sherri ervin November 25, 2013

    Ethel and family we were so sorry to hear about Sam he was a wonderful man that always had a smile on his face when you seen him he will be sadly missed by all our prayers are with you and your family

  2. Faye (Melton) Bearden November 23, 2013

    So sorry for your loss. Will be praying for all of you.

  3. Louise Duckworth November 23, 2013

    Dear Ethel and family,
    I am so saddened to hear of Sam’s passing. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by all who knew him. Just from both of you being in the office, I really loved you both; you were so very nice and seemed like the perfect couple.
    You will be in my prayers and thoughts as you go through this hard time. Remember God’s special comfort.
    With love,

  4. Samara Nelson Bowers November 23, 2013

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with the family

  5. Chris & Susan Hensley November 22, 2013

    We are sorry, and saddened to hear of Sam passing away. Ethel, you and Sam have been such a big part of Matt’s life, in such a positive way. Both of you, set such a good christian example for us all. Our family is so blessed to have known Sam. We are praying for the Lord’s peace and comfort, for you, Scott, Adam, Amber, and all the family.

  6. Sandy Brewer November 22, 2013

    Ethel and Penny, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I loved going to Tom Thumb. The food was great and the company terrific. God bless you and I pray he will bring you peace and comfort.

  7. Harrell & Geraldine White November 22, 2013

    With Deepest Sympathy,

    Harrell & Geraldine White
    & N. L. Sloan

  8. Harrell & Geraldine White November 22, 2013

    We are so sorry to hear of Sam’s death. He was a wonderful man and a fine Christian man. He will truly be missed but he is in Paradise today. Ethel, you and your family are in our prayers.

    With Deep Sympathy,
    Standing on the Promises of God,

    Harrell & Geraldine White
    @Etowah Storage

  9. N. L. Sloan November 22, 2013

    Sam will be missed.

    With deep sympathy,

    N.L. Sloan

  10. Harrell & Geraldine White/Etowah Storage November 22, 2013

    We are so sorry for the lost of Sam. He was a wonderful Christian man and will truly be missed but he is in Paradise today. Our prayers are with you and your family. May God give you comfort and peace. So sorry we could not attend, we thought a lot of Sam and you.

    Standing on the Promises of God,
    Harrell & Geraldine White

  11. Teresa Williams November 22, 2013

    Dear Ethel, Penny and Scott,

    I am so sorry for your loss and I pray that God will Comfort you in this time. We so enjoyed taking Ryder in the Tom Thumb and I guess that’s the first place he ate gravy and biscuits! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Teresa, Harley and Ryder Williams

  12. Ashley Wayman Moses November 22, 2013

    So sorry for your loss. He will be missed. god bless. Steve Wayman and Ashley Wayman Moses

  13. Jo Ann WIlson November 21, 2013

    I am so sorry for you lost Ethel. You and Penny and Sam was so sweet to mom. I told her today and her heart is broken. You know she always said Sam was her boy friend! I am sorry we couldn’t make it tonight but mom just couldn’t come. All of our love goes out to you. He was a wonderful person and meant the world to us. I can’t find the words to say to you!!!! Just know we love you and you are in our prayers. I know he is in God’s arms now. Call me when you can. With all our love!!!!! Jo Ann Wilson and Granny Betty Wilson and sister Shirley King

  14. Tami Sanford November 21, 2013

    Ethel and family, we were so sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. He was a good Christian man. May God comfort you all in the days ahead as only he can. Prayers for you all.

  15. Nicole Bunch November 21, 2013

    So sorry for your loss. Sam will be missed by many.

  16. shannon nelson November 21, 2013

    So sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

  17. Sheila Duncan November 21, 2013


  18. Joyce Chapman November 21, 2013

    Dear Ethel,Steve, Scott, Penny and Midge,
    I wish I could be there to give you a big hug. Sam loved his family so much. He always had a smile to give. He was not much for words but seemed to always have time to listen while the women behind the counter did most of the talking. He would just smile and go back to doing his thing. He will truly be missed by many. Keep your memories in your heart and know that you will see him again some day. We will continue to pray that God will give you comfort during the coming days. God bless.
    Mike and Joyce Chapman

  19. natasha dyer November 21, 2013

    You will be greatly missed papaw. I love you.

  20. Amy Bishop November 21, 2013

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Sam was a precious man. He was always nice and very kind. He will be missed!

  21. STEVE McCASLIN November 21, 2013



  22. steve bebb November 20, 2013

    RIP Sam….enjoyed many burgers at Tom Thumb…thanks to Sam and Ethel….

  23. Bessie and Wallace Arms November 20, 2013

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you. He was so very good to us. May God be with you.

  24. Bud & Berlin Cook November 20, 2013

    WE are so sorry to hear about Sam. You will be in our prayers, and may God comfort you and the Family during this time.

  25. Gary Kile November 20, 2013

    Sorry for your loss our thoughts are with you.

  26. Stacey Collins Hester November 20, 2013

    I am so sad to hear of your loss. Lots of good memories with you guys. Love and hugs from the “ponytail behind the counter”.


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