Samuel David Lawhorn was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on July 12, 1935, to J. C. and Estella Lawhorn. Soon afterward, his parents separated and his mother remarried. His stepfather's name was Ferman Gilbeit and in his early years, Gibeit was the only father that Sammy knew. The couple later moved to Chicago, leaving young Sammy behind to be raised by his grandparents in Arkansas.
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