August 1, 1944 - May 12, 2023

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Samuel Stuessy Jr. passed away peacefully on May 12, 2023, at the age of 78, surrounded by the love of his family. He was born on August 1, 1944, in Jacksonville, Florida to Samuel Stuessy Sr. and Evelyn (Karr) Stuessy.

Sam had a distinguished career in telecommunications, beginning with Western Electric, transitioning to AT&T, ultimately retiring as a Vice President for Lucent Technologies. Sam was a respected leader in his field and made many contributions to the industry throughout his career.

In retirement, Sam enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, and woodcarving. He was an accomplished woodcarver, winning several awards for his work. He was also a member of the Texas Coastal Conservation Association and was passionate about preserving the environment and marine life. Sam had a lifelong love for and connection to nature which he shared with his children and grandchildren over the years through fishing, camping, photography, and art.

Sam was a devoted husband to Donna (Davison) Stuessy his wife of over 60 years. They shared a deep and enduring love. Together, they created a lifetime of cherished memories, supporting and caring for each other through the joys and challenges of life. Their bond was a testament to the power of faith, love, and commitment.

Sam was a loving father to Lisa Waite, Ginnylou Murphey, and Samantha Ward. He was a mentor and father to his sons-in-law David Waite, Ezra Ward, and Kelly Murphey. He was a proud grandfather to Sam Waite, Dustin Waite, Hunter Waite, Justin Ward, Lindsey Waite, Danica Blubaugh, Taylor Ward and great-grandfather to Rory Waite.
Beloved brother of Virginia (Stuessy) Jones and Louise (Stuessy) Novak.

Sam will be remembered for his integrity, faith, and compassion. He was a kind and generous person who always put others before himself. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

A private family service will be held to celebrate Sam’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association in Sam’s memory.