Merilyn Gay (Sample) Cantley


Merilyn Gay (Sample) Cantley

Aug. 2, 1962 – Sept. 10, 2017

Merilyn left this world for a better place, leaving behind her beloved husband of 36 years, Kennon L. Cantley and her beloved dog children, Ruka and Biscuit.

She lived life to the fullest, hunting with KC all over the world and left countless friends scattered all along the way. She will be sadly and sorely missed by one and all.

She left loving parents, Elmo and Jeannine Sample of Smiley; brother, John A. Sample of Waelder; and sister, Charlotte and husband Trey McMahon also of Smiley.

A celebration of Merilyn’s Life will be held at Kennon and Merilyn’s home, 3883 S. County Road 118, Smiley, Texas, from 4-6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15. All friends are welcome.

Memorial contributions may be made payable to Bubye Valley Conservancy, and may be mailed to Corby Dodson, 503 Cottonwood Street, Glen Rose, TX 76043. All proceeds will be used in the anti-poaching efforts on the Bubye Valley Conservancy.

Arrangements entrusted to Finch Funeral Chapel LLC of Nixon (830) 582-1521. The online guest book may be signed at