SAMUEL GRAFTON THOMAS SEYMOUR, JR. passed away at home on the morning of September 25, 2016. He was surrounded by loved ones at the time of his death. He was a long time resident of Brooklyn, New York. Our Lord chose to take him through a cardiac arrest – it was fast and he did not suffer long.

He was born on May 2, 1938. His father and mother were Samuel and Oneida Seymour. He attended the public schools of Accomack County, Virginia. He helped his mother with her trucking and food businesses throughout his preadolescence and adolescence until she passed away. When it came to his mother and grandmother (Lilly White), he was a very doting, dutiful, and thoughtful son. Throughout his life, he talked of his deep love for his mother and how much he loved her entrepreneurial and “go-getter” spirit, which had a great influence on the type of man he would become. He was raised to know his siblings, lovingly known as Baby Sis (Sandra), Dottie (Dorothy), and Butch (Wilmer - deceased). He married Lenora Elizabeth Seymour and they had one son, Dwayne. He and his wife would adopt a five-year old girl, Robin. He also had two other sons, Byron (deceased) and Sean.

Sam was a truck driver by profession and he loved trucks – it was a topic he loved talking about. He and his wife owned S&B Trucking and Sam’s Luncheonette, which they operated for over ten years. He and his wife also owned a fleet of trucks to do local and long distance moving jobs. They hired family members as well as men and women from the community to work on the trucks and at the store. They eventually gave up the store, dissolved S&B Trucking and started Sam’s Trucking Company, where he and his crew would mainly work long distance jobs and his wife would do the administrative work. He deeply loved his wife and they earned a good living together as life partners. He was 5’6” of charm, style, and good looks. He possessed a great sense of humor and loved people. He was a very friendly man who never treated strangers with a cold hand, hence, the nickname “Buddy Boy”. He enjoyed socializing with family and friends, and, he formed friendships everywhere he went. It was not unusual for him to offer a helping hand to strangers and expect nothing in return. He especially enjoyed the company of his sisters-in-law. He lived the past ten years taking care of his wife until he was stricken with dementia, which resulted in his receiving full time care by his son, Dwayne, and his cousin, Marietta, until the time of his death. Even in failing health, he kept a spark in his eye, magic in his smile, and sweetness in his spirit. He was loved dearly, fully, and deeply by those who cared for him. He is survived by his wife and those he recognized as children, grandchildren, siblings, nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

“Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come”; ’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.”

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