Samuel David Longley, Sr. (Sam)
Departed on January 18, 2022 in Melbourne, Florida
Samuel David Longley, Sr. (Sam) beloved father and grandfather, died Tuesday January 18 in Melbourne, Florida. He was 90 years old. Sam was born in Roseville Georgia on April 28, 1931 to parents John and Laura (Williams) Longley.
Sam grew up in Georgia and Tennessee. He attended high school and then college in Collegedale, Tennessee at Southern College of Seventh Day Adventist where he met Nancy Ailene Tipton who he married on June 21, 1953. A few months later he was drafted into the Army, serving two years during the Korean War.
After his discharge from the Army, Sam resumed his studies at The University of Tennessee school of dentistry, graduating in 1959 at the top of his class.
Sam & Ailene moved to Florida where they stayed for the rest of their lives. Sam practiced dentistry for almost 40 years in Indialantic. After Ailene’s death in 2006, Sam eventually remarried Peggy Toler of Charlotte, North Carolina. They had 5 happy years together before her passing.
Sam is survived by his daughter Melissa Haynes (Dennis) of Melbourne; brother Max Longley of Canton, North Carolina; grandchildren Cody Haynes, Kelly Rady (Duncan) of Lakewood Colorado, and Samantha Longley Walnut Creek California; nieces Judi Pierce, Lisa Leatherwood, and Jodi Pierce.
Sam was a lifelong Seventh Day Adventist and a member of the Melbourne SDA church. He recently told Missy “ What a wonderful God we serve that we will have eternal life and have a family reunion where my whole family will be together “.