Tommy Lee Samuel was born on January 17, 1945 in Hartsville, South Carolina; and departed this life on October 25, 2018. He was the son of the late Reverend Sam Samuel Sr. and Margaret Forte Samuel.
Tommy accepted Christ at an early age. He loved The Lord and his faith in God was deeply grounded and unshakable. He was a member of Kay Branch Missionary Baptist Church. At Kay Branch he served as President of the Men’s Choir, Sunday School Superintendent, Youth Advisor, member of Brotherhood, the Mass Choir and church delegate to the Darlington County Union. He graduated from Butler High School in 1963; and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from South Carolina State University in 1969. He was a great athlete, a great Coach, a lover of sports and Lettered in Baseball at South Carolina State University. He received his Master Degree from Grambling State University, where he also completed courses toward his Doctoral Degree.
Tommy was a veteran, having volunteered to serve his country in the United States Army, and was honorably discharged. He was a retired educator and coach. He taught in the Florence County School District from 1969 – 1984. Tommy was also a physical education teacher in the Colleton County School District from 1985 – 1997; and a tennis instructor at Grambling State University. Tommy was a member of Gate City Masonic Lodge. He loved his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi and was a loyal and faithful member for over 40 years.
Those left to cherish his memories are his siblings: Bertha Samuel Childs of Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Dorothy Samuel Campbell (Rev. Dr. Guy Campbell, Jr.) of Moorestown, NJ, Sam Samuel, Jr. of Hartsville, SC, John Samuel (Donna Samuel) of Yeadon, PA, Charles Samuel of Columbia, SC, Jannie Samuel Lathan of Darlington, SC, Verna Samuel Graham (Calvin Graham) of Dansville, IL, Everett Samuel (Ranada Samuel) of Darlington, SC, Brenda Samuel Ham of Hartsville, SC, Dr. Shirley Samuel Richardson (Rev. John Richardson, Sr.) of Willingboro, NJ, Michael Samuel of Gaithersburg, MD; A host of nieces, nephews, relatives; A special loving friend, Annie Mae McPhail of Hartsville, SC.