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Samuel Reel, Jr

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

First Christian Church

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 2:00 pm

First Christian Church


Samuel Gardner Reel Jr. of Hagerstown, MD passed away early Sunday August 29, 2021 at Robinwood Assisted Living. 
Born September 4, 1927 in Hagerstown, MD, he was the son of the late Samuel G. Reel Sr. and Edith Johnson Reel. 
He graduated from Hagerstown High School and attended University of Virginia’s program for banking. He was drafted into the U.S. Army towards the end of World War II and was stationed in Indiana.  Upon his return to Hagerstown, he started his lifetime career in banking as a teller at Farmer’s and Merchants Bank.  Through the years he worked his way up the career ladder retiring as the Executive Vice President. 
He was an advocate and supporter of the arts and music in the Hagerstown community as an honorary director of the Maryland Symphony, and member of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and frequent actor in performances by the Potomac Playmakers. In addition to the arts, Sam was passionate in his faith and served on the board of the Lexington Seminary as well as many positions at First Christian Church.
 Throughout the years, Sam traveled extensively to foreign countries and sent postcards to family members describing his adventures.  Combining his love for travel and concern for others, he participated in over 10 mission trips to a variety of countries, providing ministry and service to children and adults in Mexico, Ecuador and Peru. 
He is survived by his brother Franklin J. Reel, sister-in-law Rebecca and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Mary Beggarly, Wilda Gift and Vivian Hicks.
A celebration of life service will be held at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Wednesday September 1, 2021. Visitation will be at 1pm followed by the service at 2pm officiated by The Rev. Jake Caldwell.
In lieu of flowers, the decendent had requested that memorials be given to a favorite charity or to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra 21 S. Potomac Street , Second floor, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.
Online condolences may be expressed at


Guest Book

Mr. Reel hired me in 1972 at Farmers & Merchants Bank. He was very fair with the employees and was well respected. The community lost a friend and Christian man.

Delores Rice
Hagerstown , Maryland

Rev. Greg Shook
Hagerstown, Maryland

To the Reel Family: You and the Hagerstown community have lost a treasured member, who gave back in many ways. His support of the local arts scene cannot be easily replaced. We will all miss his quiet dignity and intelligence, and his contribution to make Hagerstown a better place. Please accept my most sincere condolences at this sad time. Kirk Grooms Nephew of Jan and Theron Rinehart

W Kirk Grooms
Hagerstown, MD

Frank Becky and Lisa Our deepest sympathies to your family in the loss of Sam. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the family. Frances and Vicki Harshman

Vicki L Harshman
hagerstown, md

A beautiful soul leaves behind a trail of beautiful memories - we cherish our remembrances of so many good times with Sam over the decades. Love to all of you.

Erston and Nancy Newcomer
Hagerstown, MD

Sam, you will be missed. Condolences to the family. In sympathy. Tina Angle

Tina M Angle
Hagerstown, MD

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