Sam Palmer Smith-Vaniz was born in Canton, MS on May 28, 1948 and departed on May 10, 2019. 

He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Canton. Sam graduated from Ole Miss in 1970 in Sales and Marketing. 

He retired from Trustmark National Bank in May 2015 after a long career in banking. Sam was a lifetime member in the Rotary Club of Canton where he served as Secretary/Treasurer for many years. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Watson Smith-Vaniz and Lucille Ledbetter Smith-Vaniz. 

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Bridget Smith-Vaniz; daughters, Lea Ann (Doug) Packer and Sandra (Sean) Sartin; grandchildren, John Palmer Sartin, Jack Andrew Sartin, and Lea Douglas Packer; Siblings, Jo Ann Smith-Vaniz Phillips, William Larry Smith-Vaniz, and Thomas Reid Smith-Vaniz; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held May 14, 2019 at First Baptist Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Canton.