SALISBURY, NC – Michele Sams Wagers, 53, of Salisbury, North Carolina, formerly of Kingsport, TN, died Dec. 24, 2021, of complications from a heart attack. She was the beloved wife of the late Rev. Dr. Ryan Wagers, 55, also of Salisbury, North Carolina. Ryan passed away on August 28, 2021 after a courageous five-year battle with colon cancer. Michele was the daughter of Charles and Joyce Sams of Kingsport, TN. Ryan was the son of Rex Wagers of New Port Richey, FL and the late Ruth Falb Wagers. Ryan and Michele were graduates of Sullivan South High School and members of Salisbury First Baptist Church.

Michele is a graduate of the Southeastern Paralegal Institute in Nashville, TN. Before moving to Salisbury, she was employed by Wellmont Hospice Care, Kingsport City Schools and William K. Rogers, solicitor. After moving, she worked for several years at Sherrill and Cameron. She was also the owner of Prestige Paralegal Services LLC in Salisbury. Ryan is a graduate of ETSU and Southern Baptist Seminary in Nashville, TN. He served his fellowship at Vanderbilt VA Medical Center in Nashville, TN. He passionately served veterans with honor until the very end as Chief of Chaplains at the WG Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC.

Michele’s survivors include her sons, Logan Montgomery of Denver, CO and Jordan Montgomery of Kingsport, TN; parents, Charles and Joyce Sams of Kingsport, TN; sister, Susan Sams of Gray, TN; furry baby, Scout and several uncles, aunts and cousins. Ryan’s survivors include his stepsons, Logan Montgomery of Denver, CO and Jordan Montgomery of Kingsport, TN; father, Rex Wagers and stepmother Marilyn Wagers of New Port Richey, FL and brother, Ross Wagers (Deanna) of Greenville, SC

Michele was a fearless and loving caregiver to Ryan through all of his surgeries and cancer treatments. She was by his side every moment, praying and never giving up; they were true kindred spirits.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. in the Garden of Eternal Life in the East Tennessee Cemetery located at 2630 Hwy 75 Blountville, TN 37617. Pastor Keith Smith, their lifelong friend, will officiate the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Fordtown Baptist Academy located at 444 Old Fordtown Road Kingsport, TN 37663. Michele founded the academy in 1997; It was very dear to his heart.

We would like to thank all of our family and friends for all the prayers, love and support we have shown during this sad time. Our hearts are broken, but we rejoice in the Lord’s promise that we will see them again.

East Tennessee Funeral Home and Cemetery is honored to serve the families of Rev. Dr. Ryan and Michele Sams Wagers.

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