Harold Ray “Sam” Caraway

Harold Ray “Sam” Caraway, 84, of Amarillo, TX passed away on April 25, 2020.

Graveside services will be at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Tulia, TX. Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.

Sam was born in Tulia, TX on December 18, 1935, to Amy and William Caraway. After high school he served in the National Guard and began his farming career in Tulia, later expanding to Dumas and Panhandle.

He married Marlene Stubblefield of Happy, Texas in 1954 and they remained married until her passing in 2003. On July 10, 2004 he married Leona Fangman of Dumas, Texas.

After acquiring his ranch in Panhandle, he spent the last 15 years building a black angus cow-calf operation which he dearly loved, especially number 77. He always had a story to tell about his cows. Sam had a wonderful sense of humor, a smile, and joke for everyone he met. He also found joy in listening to the country music of his generation.

Sam was preceded in death by his brother, Paul Archie Caraway.

Survivors include his wife, Leona Caraway, of the home; sons, Ray Neal Caraway and wife Kathy, of Panhandle, TX, Randy Mike Caraway, of Gainesville, TX, and Shannon Dean Caraway, of Stratford, TX; brother, Robert Thomas Caraway and wife Joy, of Honey Grove, TX; nine grandchildren, Carla, John, Karen, Lacey, Cody, Ryan, Ross, Jennifer, and Josh; six great-grandchildren; Leona’s children, Russell Fangman and wife Tara, of Dumas, TX, Brendan Fangman and wife Tammy, of Dumas, TX, and Carrie O’Keefe and husband Jack, of Scottsdale, AZ; and Leona’s grandchildren, Macy, Matalee and Jaeden.

27 Replies to “Harold Ray “Sam” Caraway”

  1. My prayers are with all the family. I loved Harold Rays smile and wonderful sense of humor. What a great cousin.

  2. Rip Papaw I will always cherish the memories we made on the farm and the times you took Ryan and I to Red River New Mexico. It will be hard for us all but we will see you again in Heaven someday. Love you.

  3. ‘SAM’, you will always be remembered in my mind, as a young man about town ‘TULIA’ . Thanks for the memories. Alton ‘Bubo” Hamilton 1955.

  4. We are so sorry for his passing. Everybody close to him loved and respected him — that is a great legacy.

  5. Papaw was a one of a kind! God really did break the mold when he made papaw! He will forever be in my heart and I’ll cherish every moment I had with him! We will meet again one day. For me it will feel like forever, but in heaven it will only seem like the blink of an eye for papaw! ❤️ God blessed me the day he made me your granddaughter! 😇

  6. It seems that his preferred name was Sam, but to me, one of his many younger first cousins, he was Harold Ray. The last time I saw him was Shelia was his personal chauffeur, and we went for a ride. My prayers for mercy, grace, and peace for all the family who will miss him.

  7. My husband, Glen Miller, thought a great deal of his cousin, Harold Ray, and always admired him for his dedication to his family.
    My sincerest sympathy to all of you in your loss.

    Carol Miller and family

  8. Dear Robert & Joy… So sorry to hear about Sam. It’s been a while since I’ve seen or talked to y’all.
    Praying for y’alls family during this time.
    Hugs to y’all
    ………🖤💜🖤Monica Jo Culifer

  9. I will forever miss my Uncle Sam. He was such a character and always surprised me with all of his sayings. He was always unpredictable. Rest In Peace Uncle Sam. We love you!

  10. Uncle Sam will be deeply missed! He was always a firecracker! I will miss his quick wit! He always made me laugh!

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