Funeral services were held Saturday for Tina Sams, who died nearly 19 years after being struck by lightning in 1969, leaving her paralyzed and brain damaged.

Sams, who would have been 28 on Sept. 15, and three other people were injured June 20, 1969, when they were struck by lightning at an old athletic field in west Knoxville, where they had gone for a little league baseball game.

The three others recovered, but Sams was in a coma for four months and remained bedridden the rest of her life. She died Friday at Shannondale Nursing Home, where she had been taken because she required more intensive care, her father, Gordon Sams said.

"In all these years, there has never been a day that someone didn't ask, `How's your little girl,' " he said.