Sam and Joanne (Yates) Barr were married on August 30, 1970, in Lanett, AL, by Rev. Loren Sutton. They have 3 children, Matt, Ben, and Kate; 5 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. Sam and Joanne were born and raised in Alabama and met at Southern Union College in Wadley, AL, where they were students. Georgia Power/Southern Company brought them to Vidalia in 1972, where Sam began a long career with Plant Hatch. Joanne worked for the former Piggly Wiggly Southern office and later worked 20 years at Southeastern Technical College. Since retirement, they enjoy spending time at Lake Oconee and camping.
Sam and Joanne were married on her mother’s birthday. Ms. Nita Yates also celebrates her 96th birthday on Sunday.