Samuel A. Napier


February 19, 1925 - November 13, 2020

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Samuel "Jim" Alexander Napier, 95, husband to the late Loretha Napier, passed away on Friday, November 13, 2020 at University Hospital of Cincinnati.

Sam was born on February 19, 1925 in Lincoln County (Crab Orchard), Kentucky to Lee and Polly Napier. He joined the Army in 1943. Sam was primarily a tank driver and a tank Commander. He was involved in the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central European theaters. He was decorated in the EAME (European/African/Middle Eastern) theater with three bronze star ribbons for each campaign. He also received a Good Conduct Medal, a Bronze Star Medal, a Purple Heart Medal and a Victory Medal for World War II. Sam fought with General Patton's troops in the Battle of the Bulge.

After his honorable discharge from the Army, Sam married Loretha Napier and had five children. He retired from the Cincinnati Milacron after 25 years of service in 1977. Sam's interests included fishing, hunting, bowling and buying/selling whatever he could make a profit from. He and Loretha were long-time members of Batavia Church of God.

Sam is survived by Dan Napier (Nancy), Rick Napier (Rhonda), Mary Wilson and Ann Lee Napier. His daughter, Bonita Deatley, preceded him in death in 2003. He was papaw to 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends at Evans Funeral Home, 741 Center Street, Milford, OH 45150 on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Funeral service will be held immediately after at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Graceland Memorial Gardens.

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