Samuel Stokes | Obituary | The Press and Standard
by Myiah Blakeney | September 8, 2017 11:32 am
Samuel F Stokes
Care of Owens Funeral Home, Branchville
Born on July 30, 1937 in Smoaks, Samuel Franklin Stokes was the middle child of Rev. Peter Stokes and Queen Owens Stokes.
Known as Sam, Sammy or by his childhood nickname, “Doot” he had a happy upbringing with his beloved parents and siblings, Peter Joseph (“PJ”) Mattie (“Tootsie”), Jessie Pearl (“Hun”) and James Wesley (“Man”).
He attended the community schools of Colleton County. When he became of age, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served in the 501st Airborne Infantry Regiment and was stationed in South Carolina and Germany.
After being honorably discharged in the late 1950s, he soon after moved to Harlem, N.Y., where he lived with relatives.
Introduced to a Springtown girl and the love of his life, Cynthia Jenkins by a relative while home on a short visit, they began to date. She also moved to New York to live with her relatives in 1961. They married in 1963 and began building a life for themselves together in Brooklyn, N.Y., which includes the birth of their three daughters: Andrea Renee, Jennifer Elaine and Stephanie Davise.
Samuel was a hard worker and great provider. He worked various jobs over the years to help take care of his family including jobs at the Harlem YMCA, Lerner’s Department Store and Washburn Wire Company. It is the career he had with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority / NYC Transit where he retired after 30 years of service.
Upon Sam and his wife’s retirement, they moved back to Colleton County in November, 2006 and became members of Lovely Hill Baptist Church, his childhood church. Sam sang for a time in a few of the local gospel groups and was an active member of the male chorus at Lovely Hill, Men of Praise.
Sam loved to fish, walk his dogs, admire the fruit trees, and the vegetables growing in the garden planted by his father-in-law, and loved to spend time with family and friends. He loved music and singing. He was a sly jokester with a hearty laugh who loved to tease loved ones. When he sang gospel, he was known to start rocking as he was singing because he felt the music so deep down in his bones. He’d very often offer advice to his children and grandchildren through words and deeds: stay focused on God, on home, on working hard and on doing good.
Samuel peacefully left his earthly vessel bound for his Heavenly home on Wednesday morning, August 30, 2017 at Veteran’s Victory House after an extended illness. He was 80 years old.
He leaves to cherish his memory and continue his legacy: his wife, Cynthia Stokes; his daughters, Andrea R (Christopher Walter) Thompson of Columbia, Jennifer E. Stokes of Brooklyn, N.Y., Stephanie D. Stokes of Brooklyn, N.Y.; his sister, Mattie S. Brown of Harleyville; his sister-in-law, Gwen D. Stokes of Georgetown; his father-in-law, Johnnie Jenkins of Smoaks; five grandchildren: Jessica Salley, Kevin Munford, Courtney Thompson, Christopher Thompson, Dwayne B. Stokes-Taylor; and three great grandchildren: Andre M. Salley, Egypt Munford and Skylar Munford; his very loving nieces and nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held September 9, 2017 at 12:00 p.m., at Lovely Hill Baptist Church, Smoaks. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday at Owens Funeral Home Chapel in Branchville.
Today, we celebrate Sam’s life and legacy. “O death, where is thy sting. O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:55-56 KIV)