In Memory

Samuel Gordon West

Samuel Gordon West

Samuel G. West III
Florence, SC
Samuel Gordon West, III, 68, of Florence, SC, passed away peacefully on March 15, with his family at his side.
He was born in Greensboro, NC, to Gordon and Rosa West on March 11, 1944. He was a 1962 graduate of Grimsley High School and a 1966 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He was an avid Carolina fan who took great pleasure in showing his Tarheel loyalty. He enjoyed many years of duck hunting and was a proud member of Ducks Unlimited. Sam had a rewarding career at Marlowe Manufacturing in Florence where he served as Head of Marketing. In retirement he enjoyed his association with Young's Pecan Plantation and life with his beloved Springer Spaniels: Matthew, Godfrey and Hendrix. He was an avid golfer and sports fan, and enjoyed a former association with NASCAR and The Rockingham Speedway. In recent years, he lived a quiet life after his health declined. He took great pride in his family, having tremendous recall and enjoying family ties and conversations. He was a true nature lover – bird-watching and filling his many bird feeders.
Preceded in death by his father, Samuel Gordon West, Jr., he is survived by his wife of 38 years, Frances Tynes West; daughters, Frances Finley West (Finley) of Charleston, SC, Anne West Fitts (Anne) also of Charleston, SC; his mother, Rosa West Tucker of Southern Pines, NC; his brother, Stanley Winborne West, Sr. of Southern Pines, NC; 2 nieces, 1 nephew, and 21 first cousins.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 o'clock p.m. on March 24, 2012, in Greensboro, NC, at Forest Lawn Cemetery where he will be laid to rest.
Memorial contributions may be made to McLeod Hospice, PO Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551, or the charity of your choice .

Published in The News & Observer on March 18, 2012


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04/26/12 02:14 AM #1    

Joyce Lynn Weinrich (Pearson)

I have so many memories of Sam when we played "kick the can" or just hung out - 5th grade! Sam, Donny Fogelman, Sammy Wyrick - all great memories.

Sam was always the gentleman and many times the life of the party. . . . all at once.

My thoughts go out to his family . . .

Joyce ( Weinrich) Pearson

05/23/12 03:33 PM #2    

Donald Edward Cunningham

Met Sam on Kirby Drive when he moved to the neighborhood.  After a brief dirt clod fight, we became close friends.  Sam Wyrick, Sam and I were like the three museketeers, or better yet "mouseketeers" with our like of the popular tv show.  I remember those cold Christmas mornings rushing to each other's houses to see what we got for Christmas, especially train accessories.  Starmount Presbyt little league, Cub and Boy Scouts, Sternburger, Lindley and Kiser, were all great memories.  Still remember the heated exchanges between the UNC and State fans over basketball games.  Big shock was my freshman year @ UNC-CH when the rumor was that Sam West had joined the freshman class which turned out to be true!  I know there will be lots of good things spoken of you by our classmates @ the reunion.  RIP. Rosa and Stan, I remember the good times on Kirby Drive and will carry the memories of a good classmate with me.  Namaste,


11/04/12 12:35 PM #3    

Bill Womack

It has taken me this long to respond as Sam was such a good friend all these years since 7th grade. We played many rounds of golf and hunted often. One time hunting at Lake Brant we were in the blind and about 9:00 am Sam decided he was going to eat some sardines. Well just after opening the can and putting on crackers some ducks came flying by and Sam spilled the sardines everywhere. We had to smell those damn things the rest of the day--- to this day I cannot eat sardines. We stayed in touch all these years and I will miss him forever. I'm beginning to tear up now.

God bless you dear friend I love you, glad you are now well and at peace.

Bill  Womack

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