He had battled cancer for the past year.
Born Dec. 1, 1955, in Brazil, he was the son of Carl E. and Vera Lucille Cox Phegley.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1975 through 1983.
He had worked as a truck driver all his life, including his years in the army. He last worked for J.B. Hunt, retiring after his health declined.
He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 2 and he and his wife enjoyed being with friends at the V.F.W. No. 1127.
In 1992, he married Vonna Carpenter Phegley. She survives.
Sam thoroughly enjoyed fishing, whether he caught anything or not. He worked on cars with family and friends, and liked a good game of Texas Hold'em. Sam collected knives, hats and Zippo lighters and was a true Colts fan. He will be remembered as a patient man who was never quick to judge and was always generous with time and spirit.
Survivors include wife Vonna Phegley; children Samantha Conner and husband Tim, Samuel Phegley Jr. and Regina, Shawn Phegley, Bobby Maesch and wife Sheila, all of Clay County, Eddie Maesch and wife Theresa, Clinton, Shellie Messner and husband Don and Vernon Maesch and wife Rachel, Clay County; several grandchildren, sisters Violet Anderson, Alabama, Barbara Brown and husband George, Bertha Bachelor and husband Reynolds, Rachelle Phegley, Sheila Maesch and husband Bobby, and Chris Reid and Jim, all of Clay County; brothers Carl Phegley and wife Phyllis, Terre Haute, Edward Phegley and wife Anna, Seelyville, and Keith Phegley, Brazil; many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews and a large extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Hester Raab and brother-in-law Kenneth Anderson.
Services will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday at French Funeral Home with Brother Doug Parkey officiating. Military Honors will be provided by American Legion Post No. 2 and V.F.W. No. 1127 at the funeral home. Cremation services will follow.
Visitation will be Tuesday (today) from 4-8 p.m. and again Wednesday prior to services.
If friends so desire, memorial contributions may be directed to Sam's family. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.