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Samuel Burney Hay, Jr

Born: Sat., Mar. 26, 1932
Died: Sat., May 20, 2017


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Tue., May 23, 2017
Location: The Hay Residence

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., May 24, 2017
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Covington

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Samuel Burney Hay, Jr. was born in Opelika, Alabama in 1932, the third child and only son of Frances Dearing Hay of Covington, Georgia, and the Reverend Samuel Burney Hay, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Covington, from 1923 until 1926.  Sam spent the first sixteen years of his life in Auburn, “The Loveliest Village On The Plains” and learned “War Eagle!” early on, witnessing many Auburn football games at a tender age.  At 13 years old he was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout by the Boy Scouts of America.  He became a handsome gridiron star at Auburn High and Tuscaloosa High in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he supported his father’s presidency of Stillman College during the civil rights era.  Following graduation from Tuscaloosa High, he went to Auburn University on a football scholarship.  A back injury during Sam’s freshman year prevented his playing football the remainder of his college career, although he continued to serve as an enthusiastic team manager while majoring in animal husbandry. 

Following graduation from Auburn in 1955, Sam returned to his mother’s family farm in Covington, Georgia, and in 1959 married Louly Trippe Fowler of Covington, Georgia.  Making their lifelong home in Covington, Sam and Louly became parents of Buncie, Sam III, Florence and Louly. 

For over fifty years Sam farmed in Newton County, with a dairy herd in his younger years, followed by a registered Angus herd for the remainder of his life.  He received many awards and was elected to positions in the field of agriculture, including the highest performing dairy herd in Georgia and President of the Georgia Cattleman’s Association which named him to its Hall of Fame in 2014.  He also served as director of the Georgia Agribusiness Council and founding director of the Georgia Agri-Trust. 

Sam was active in agricultural construction and equipment sales and service throughout the 1960’s and 70’s and later founded Sunbelt Builders, Inc., specializing in commercial construction.  The business received the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce Dick James Small Business of the Year Award in 1999.  In 2007, Sam received the R.O. Arnold Award for highest community service.   He was also an active member of the Covington Kiwanis Club and was recognized in 1995-96 as Kiwanian of the Year.

One of Sam’s most pivotal roles in the Newton County community was his service as a member of the Newton County Board of Education from 1970 until 1982.  With a passion for social justice, he provided leadership when the Newton County public schools were integrated, acting as a mediator among community leaders to effect change. 

Sam served as a ruling elder of the Presbyterian Church (USA) for over fifty years on the local, Presbytery, and General Assembly levels.  As a visionary leader of First Presbyterian Church of Covington, he chaired many expansion and community outreach endeavors.

Sam is survived by his wife of 58 years, Louly Trippe Fowler Hay; his four children:  Sarah Burney “Buncie” Hay Lanners, and husband, Jay; Samuel Burney Hay III and wife, Loucy; Florence Fowler Hay Luranc and husband, Joe; and Louly Turner Hay-Kapp, and husband, Steve; his seven grandchildren:  Jay Thomas Lanners, Jr., Sarah Louisa Lanners, Samuel Burney Hay IV, Kathryn Allred “Allie” Hay, Louisa Trippe Luranc, Joseph John Luranc, Jr., and Samuel Hutson Luranc; his sister Martha Hay Vardeman and husband Burt, cousins John Dearing and Lin Dearing, many nieces and nephews special to him, and his beloved English Springer Spaniel, Lucky.

Funeral services for Mr. Hay will be held at 11 o’clock Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church of Covington with Reverend Doctor William B. Wade, Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow at Covington City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the Hay residence from 4:00pm until 6:00pm on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.  In lieu of flowers those desiring may make donations to the First Presbyterian Church of Covington, 1169 Clark Street, SW, Covington, GA 30014.  J.C. Harwell and Son Funeral Home, 2157 East Street, SE, Covington, GA 30014 is in charge of the arrangements.  A guest book may be signed on-line www.harwellfuneralhome.com.


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Bill & Maxine Baisley
   Posted Mon May 22, 2017
Our deepest sympathy to Louly and the rest of Sam's family in his passing. Sam was undoubtedly a great man and a very special and dear friend. We will miss him very much.

Darla Buseman
   Posted Mon May 22, 2017

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Doug Buseman.

Luly and Family You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sam was a very special man. Deepest Sympathy Doug , Darla and Family

Kathy Bouchillon
   Posted Mon May 22, 2017
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss.

Miriam and Jack Wheeler
   Posted Mon May 22, 2017
Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers! We love you!
Jack and Miriam

Laurie Bunn
   Posted Mon May 22, 2017
We love you all and will miss Mr. Sam!

Linda Chadwick
   Posted Mon May 22, 2017
Louly, I was so sorry to hear of Sam's passing away. I love you, dear friend, and know your pain. I think of you often, and even more now.
My sympathies to you and all your family.
God Bless you, Linda Chadwick

Debi Selin
   Posted Mon May 22, 2017
I am at a loss for words to describe how much Sam will be missed. He will forever be in my heart, as will Louly and the family. Not only was he a great friend but he truly was my hero.
My deepest sympathies.
Debi Selin-Purvis

Gina Hay-Bryan
   Posted Mon May 22, 2017
So very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Sam. Memories of time spent on the farm with him and the rest of your beautiful family, (Mrs. Louly, Sam III, Buncie, Florence and "little Louly") are some of my most precious and treasured childhood memories. Holding each one of you in the light during this sad time.

Joe Heard
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
Our prayers are with the family Mr Sam was a Great man and a life long family friend

Aubrey and Polly Harvey
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
Louly, we have lost a dear friend, and will keep you and your
family in our thoughts and prayers

Jill Finney
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
My deepest condolences and sadness. Mr. Sam was one of the kindest, most gracious men I knew of "old Covington." I came in 1986 as a young home economist and he was always so nice. I know my late husband, David, felt the same way about Mrs. Louly. You not h raised a great legacy in our hearts and in our community. Love to your entire family and prayers in your great loss.

Marvin Moore
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
Louly, Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Robin Lindsey Lamb
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
My heart breaks for you all. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Larry and Shirley Konz
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
We are sorry for your loss. You have our deepest sympathy.

Derrick Battle
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
To the family & friends of Mr. Hay, Jr.:
Please accept my sincere, genuine condolence with regards to the loss of your dear loved one. He was indeed an active member of the community and enjoyed sharing the things and concerns that have meaning in the lives of many. May you, family & friends, share encouragement and up building association as you reflect on the life & times of Mr. Hay, Jr. during his time of repose. Also, please accept the faith strengthening promises of Isaiah 25: 8, 9 and John 11: 11 to 45 as found in the Bible. God & his son care and promises restoration for our loved ones. Much warm love to all and peace of heart.

Bonnie Evans
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
Condolences to the Family and especially to Florence. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Hope you are all well in Peachtree Corners. Miss seeing you and catching up from time to time. Love from Texas.

Sharon Degonia
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
Dear Louly and family,

So sorry to learn of Mr. Sam's passing. May God bless and strengthen all of you as you walk through this difficult time. In our thoughts and prayers, John and Sharon Degonia

Mikell C.
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
To Louly and the Hay Family,

I was greatly saddened to hear of Sam's passing. He was a friend and stalwart in the cattle industry. I remember the years we spent working together in the cattlemen's association and in particular our trip together with Gene Odum to Bobby Joe Lee's place in Tulullah, La. to see his confinement cattle feedlot. It was always a treat to see y'all at the cattlemen's convention. I do pray that Our Gracious God will grant to you His peace that passes all understanding. Please accept my sincerest sympathy. Mike

Sheriff Ezell Brown
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
Please accept my deepest sympathies during your time of loss. Please know that I am here for you.

May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.

Sharing in your sorrow,

Sheriff Ezell Brown
Newton County Sheriff's Office

Elizabeth Logan
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017

SHADES OF ELEGANCE was sent by Liz Logan.

With love and sympathy, Liz Logan

Lisa Conner
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
To the family of Mr. Sam,

Mr. Sam was one of the dearest men that I have known in my lifetime. I always loved getting a "Mr. Sam Hug" !!!! He was a very humble person, a man that was a great example to others. Few people make such an impact on one's life, Mr. Sam was definitely one of them. You are a Blessed family, a very Blessed family.
Much Love to all,

Terry Ozburn
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
May God's grace and peace comfort you all during this time of your and the community's loss. I've known Mr. Sam for many years as we had a common interest in farming and cattle. In later years he constructed our office and shop here in Covington. Thank you Mr. Sam and Sunbelt for your friendship and business. You will be missed.

Peggy Porterfield Seitzinger
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
Dear Louly,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family
Peggy Porterfield Seitzinger

Sheree Slaughter
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017

FEATHERY PALM PLANT was sent by Sheree Slaughter.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. My God grant you peace and comfort as you send your father to his eternal home.

Tammy and Tim Cartledge
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
Mr. Sam was such a sweet man and will be missed dearly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family!

Martha Reagan
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
Lou and Family, Sorry to hear of Sam's passing. He was a very active person and
will be missed by many in Newton County. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Martha and Bobby Reagan

Grace Adams Stewart
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
My deepest Sympathy to Mrs. Louly and family. Mr. Sam was one of my favorite Georgia Agribusiness Council Board members! He was always encouraging & supportive and I loved his wonderful sense of humor & genuine personality. We always had a fun time "discussing" the BIG Georgia/Auburn game and one of us had fun boasting afterwards.
May you and your family feel God's loving arms wrapped around you today and in the coming days. Prayers and Hugs.
Grace Adams Stewart

Carter Gibson
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May you all be comforted by God's perfect love and peace.
The Gibson Family

Linda Piper
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
Louly and family,

We were truly sorry to learn of Sam's passing. I still can see him coming into the bank - tall, healthy, going about his daily duties. God's presence be with you and comfort you. Much love and fond memories.

Ruth McDaniel
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
Sam will be greatly missed in our church and the community. Sam's contributions can not be measured. Louly, you have comforted so many others in their time of sadness, and now it is time for you to receive comfort from us. I am praying that you will feel God's Love and Strength surrounding and under girding you and your family in this difficult time. Please know that I love you and am available to help you in any way and at any time.

Sincerest sympathies,

Bobby and Debra Hamby
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
Please know, Hay's family, that each of you is in our prayers. We pray that God will give you peace and comfort and that your hearts will be flooded with sweet memories of Mr. Sam and how much he loved each of you.

Marvlyn E Kirk
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
Heart-felt sympathy to the entire family. Know you are on my mind, in my heart and certainly in my prayers.

Chris and Tadpole Hornibrook
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
We are deeply saddened to hear of Sam passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was a big man with a big heart...

Chris and Tadpole

Nat & Louise Harwell
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
Louise and I regret your loss, and can only ask that you take solace in the sure knowledge that Sam chose his path and traveled it the way the Lord intended. He didn't want to continue if he couldn't be rid of the pain, which took the same kind of courage he displayed throughout his life. I'm grateful to have had some quiet moments with him in private over the years, and to have had a glimpse of his inner self. May God comfort and protect the family as you heal and move toward a joyful remembrance of the good times.

Becky Ison Brown
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
"Mr. Sam" was the perfect "Southern Gentleman". I have known him and his family for many years and always appreciated the things he did for my mom on the school board as well as all the things he has done for the community. He was so kind and always speaking to everyone. He will be missed and I pray for his family and the children as this is one of the hardest times to go thru. May God be with you and your family. Another wonderful man has entered the gates of heaven and will be missed here on earth so much! Love ya all!

Paul & Kay Gunter
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
We were so sorry to hear this! He was such a wonderful man. Our prayers are with the family.
-Paul & Kay Gunter

Lisa DiVanna
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
So sorry for your loss. I met this wonderful man when I started working at MSN in 1996. Always smiling and so friendly.
Prayers and strength for family members.

Keisha Nobles Cunningham
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
My deepest sympathies during this difficult time Ms. Louly. You are all in my prayers. Mr. Sam was a wonderful man and he will be greatly missed. God bless!

Shannon Patterson
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
I just heard about Mr. Hay's passing. I remember him coming into the Bank of Covington and what a presence he had when he was in the room. Prayers to all of you.

Shannon Patterson

Cora Jane Glanton Shannon
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
Thinking of you and the family, dear Louly. "Remember the good times".
My love to all, Cora

Juanita Key Martin
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
My prayers are with Mrs Louly Hay and family may god give you peace and strength in this difficult time.

Michele Anderson
   Posted Thu May 25, 2017
My deepest sympathies during this difficult time. Mr. Sam has always been very special to me and I am truly grateful to have known him and all of you. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. You are all in my prayers.

Marilynn and Steve Whatley
   Posted Sat May 27, 2017
A strong, principled man; a loving, supportive spouse; a respected model of love and service for his children, and a pillar in the community has passed. We mourn and pray for you all and wish for you God’s peace.

Kay B
   Posted Mon May 29, 2017
Please accept my condolences for the loss of Mr. Hay. During troubled times our Heavenly Father assures us of his mercies and comfort. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4) May he be a source of comfort as you grieve. Warm Regards, Kay

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