Sam Oates
                            
ODESSA Sam Oates, 44 passed away Friday Jan. 19 in his home. He was
born July 30, 1956 in Odessa and was a 1974 graduate of Permian High
School. He attended Texas Tech and graduated from the Ron Bailey
School of Broadcasting in Denver, Colo.

Sam was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church and attended St. Elizabeth
Ann Seaton Catholic Church.

Above and beyond all, Sam loved his family. He was a devoted father and
husband. He loved
traveling, work and cared for his friends, co-workers and never met a
stranger.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Oates; sons, Nikolaus and Kristopher
Oates; daughter, Samantha Oates; sister, Susie Wheaton and her
husband, Don, of Arlington; parents, C.W. and Guy Oates of Odessa;
nephews, Ben and Ross Wheaton, Joshua and Marcus Compis; and
numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by one
brother, Chuck Oates.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Monday Jan. 22 at Immanuel Baptist
Church with the Rev. Bill Cook officiating. Arrangements are by Frank W.
Wilson Funeral Directors.