William R. "Sam" Prosser, 76, a former member of the Patterson Country Club in Fairfield with his wife, Nanette Prosser, died Thursday, July 21.

Born Sept. 18, 1934, in Akron, Ohio, he was the son of the late William and Mary Prosser. He graduated from Denison University in 1956, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He spent most of professional life in the publishing industry.

In addition to his wife of 54 years, he is survived by two children, Matthew Prosser of Clinton and Michelle Ingersoll of Houston, Texas; and four grandchildren, Andrew, Lindsay, Edwin and Kelly. He was predeceased by a sister, Frances "Pat" Powers.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, in Boles Funeral Home Chapel in Southern Pines, N.C. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at www.jdrf.org or the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org.

Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.