|Hank Phillippi Ryan and Sam Morton|
Sam Morton, a wonderful writer, father, husband, and friend, passed away on April 1, 2016. A Citadel graduate, he wrote essays, thrillers, and YA novels; worked as a potato chip slicer, professional wrestler, deputy sheriff, and media consultant; belonged to the Inkplots writing group and Palmetto Chapter of Sisters in Crime; and gave hilarious speeches, one time stripping down to his wrestling tights (worn under his clothes) when he talked to the Lowcountry Romance Writers. In February, Sam and I escorted Hank Phillippi Ryan on a private SC Statehouse tour. Sam’s words and gregarious personality remain a powerful, enduring force.