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Samuel Eugene Steele Sr., 78, widower of Joan Davis Steele, died Monday, April 28, 2014, at the home of his son in Alcolu.
Born Feb. 29, 1936, in Sumter, he was a son of the late George William Steele Sr. and Louise Priest Steele Haley. He was a member of the National Guard, Claremont Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, Scottish Rite, Jamil Shrine and an active member of Cross Roads Bible Fellowship Church.
Survivors inclue a son, Samuel E. "Gene" Steele Jr. (Charlene) of Alcolu; a daughter, Tamara "Tammy" Steele Cornwell (Brian) of Sumter; five grandchildren, Katie Steele, Kristin Steele and Kelsey Steele, all of Alcolu, Mary Beth Cornwell and Bryson Steele Cornwell, both of Sumter; two brothers, George Steele (Betty) and Billy Steele (Cecilia), both of Sumter; a sister, Alvenia Ottosson (Andy) of Sumter; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Shands (Lynn) of Texas; and two nieces, Leigh Ann Tyler of Texas and Allison Warren of Massachusetts; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cross Roads Bible Fellowship Church with the Rev. John Hall officiating. Burial will follow in Home Branch Baptist Church Cemetery.
Elders and deacons of Cross Roads Bible Fellowship Church will serve as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday at Cross Roads Bible Fellowship Church and other times at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, 3811 Alcolu Street, Alcolu.
The family would like to thank Hospice Care of Tri-County, with a special thanks to Kim, Margie, Sue and Andrew. During his greatest time of need, a special thanks to his private sitters, Sally Sumter, Sandra Davis, Betty Riley, Etta Abrams, Angela Fullwood, Blenda Hayes and Ida Golden.
Memorials may be made to Cross Roads Bible Fellowship Church, P.O. Box 449, Manning, SC 29102; or to Home Branch Baptist Church, 1667 Stone Road, Manning, SC 29102.
Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church Street, Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179. www.stephensfuneralhome.org