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Longtime city of Cumming worker killed in fire


Marcus Junior Sams was 64


November 02, 2012
CUMMING, Ga. — Marcus Junior Sams was always there for his friends. The longtime Cumming resident and street and utility department worker who retired after 35 years has died.

He was 64.

Forsyth County Fire Department responded to a fire at his mobile home, 101 Sawnee Drive, Lot 13, about 8:24 a.m. Nov. 2.

Crews working to suppress the fire discovered Sams' unresponsive body in his singlewide mobile home.

"He had unfortunately succumbed to injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene," said Forsyth County Fire Department Division Chief Jason Shivers.

The fire is under investigation, the exact cause of death will be determined after toxicology and autopsy.

"We are confident it was accidental in nature and there was nothing suspicious," Shivers said.

Gerald Blackburn, administrator for city of Cumming, said Sams worked with the city for about 35 years. He worked primarily in the street and utility department.

"He had a very caring heart," Blackburn said. "If you were sick or needed something, I don't know of anyone that vested more or cared for people more than Marc did."

Sams was a longtime Cumming resident and was well known to a lot of people throughout the city.

"If he was your friend, he was truly your friend," Blackburn said. "Words do not express how much he cared and what a caring heart he had."

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