October 24, 1946 – January 19, 2021
Samuel Junior Thomas, lovingly known to his family and friends as “Sam,” entered his eternal rest on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Sam was born to the late Hattie Lee Dumas and Samuel Thomas. Sam was the second child of twelve, four sisters and eight brothers.
Sam received his spiritual foundation at an early age while attending Mt. Airy A.M.E. Zion Church with the family. He attended Rose Wall Elementary School and Mineral Springs High School in Richmond County, North Carolina.
After graduating in 1967, Sam attended Livingston College in Salisbury, North Carolina, until being drafted into the United States Army in 1968. His service began at Fort Campbell, located in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in the 101st Airborne Division. He served his country bravely, rising to Sergeant’s rank and receiving a “Purple Heart” after his Vietnam tour. Returning from the military, Sam lived in Brooklyn, New York, where he was owner and manager of a heating and air installation business (HVAC), serving the area and friends before retirement.
Those left to celebrate and cherish his memory are, his loving daughters, Chandra Clarke (Gregory), and Samantha Thomas, his sons, Tierra Thomas, Houston Thomas, Dajon Thomas, and Ethan Thomas; children he lovingly cared for, Laticia Shaw, Zipporah Davis, and Javoni Thomas; his sisters, Rosa Lee McCrae, Mary Simmons (James), Arlando Harris, and Jennifer Causer; his brothers, Rosco (Anatnguyew), Napoleon (Gail), George, Harry, James (Reverend Dr. Gloria), Jeffery (Annette), and Rickie (Sharonette); and a host of family members and friends.
The Funeral Service will be live-streamed on Elite Funeral Service Facebook page.