Editor’s note: TheÂ Anderson County Bar Association and legal community is proceeding with an effort to name the Anderson County Law Library after Billy Sams because “you never saw him without a book in his hands.” Here is a copy of a Jan. 11 letter to attorneys from Oak Ridge attorney Lauren Biloski.
As many of you are aware, Billy Sams passed away unexpectedly on January 7, 2017.
His passing will darken our legal community, and our courtrooms will be much quieter withoutÂ Billyâ€™s signature jovial chuckle that we all loved to hear. Perhaps one of Billyâ€™s most memorableÂ quality was his love of books and reading. He never failed to share a quote or his new favoriteÂ story, and he was almost never seen without a book in his hands. Billy waited patiently for hisÂ case to be called, engrossed in a historical novel, and still somehow was more aware of what theÂ Court was saying then most of us that were paying attention.
I believe it would be a fair assumption to say that Billy Sams was one of the most lovedÂ and adored members of the Anderson County Bar Association. His joy and zest for life andÂ learning was felt by all. As a way to keep Billyâ€™s memory alive and honor a compassionateÂ advocate, several members of the Bar have proposed to dedicate and name the Anderson CountyÂ Bar Association Law Library after Mr. Billy Paul Sams.
In order to accomplish this goal, we must receive approval from the Anderson CountyÂ Commission. In an effort to show the support of the legal community, we want to present aÂ listing of all attorneys, court staff, and Judges that are supportive of this effort. If you are willingÂ to have your name listed demonstrating your support, please let me know via telephone at (865)Â 482-7734, fax at (865) 482-7750, email at [email protected], or in person.
I look forward to hearing from you and again express my sincere condolences towards allÂ who knew and loved Mr. Sams.