Sammie Lee West, a longtime producer of local public access television programs, died unexpectedly Thursday in his Buffalo home after a brief illness. He was 66.
Born in Montezuma, Ga., Mr. West came to Buffalo in 1957. He worked as a farm laborer from 1957 to 1960, then held various other jobs before becoming an independent producer for public access television for more than 15 years.
He was well known for producing television shows such as "Fifteen Minutes of Fame and Fortune" and the "Uncle Sonny Means Gospel Hour," along with other shows featuring area clergy.
He was an active and honored volunteer with the Apollo Media Center and founder of the West Side Junior Neighborhood Advisory Council.
His wife, Janie Pugh West, died in 1970.
He is survived by a daughter, Shirley of Rochester; four sons, Sammie L. Jr. of Rochester and Terance K. Sr., Brian S. and Sammie D., all of Buffalo; a sister, Lois of Montezuma; five brothers, Buster J. of Batavia, G.L. Trice and John Junior Bodan, both of Orlando, Fla., and Oscar Trice and Jim Trice, both of Montezuma; an ex-wife, Mattie Rolle of Rochester; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Services will be at noon Tuesday in True Bethel Baptist Church, 909 E. Ferry St., after a wake at 11. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, West Seneca.