Sammie Whittington Pridgen of Snow Hill peacefully passed away on Sunday April 22, 2018, at Greendale Forest in Snow Hill. Sammie was born on May 10, 1928, to Sam and Lela Murphy Pridgen of Greene County.
A man of strong faith, Sammie was a devoted lifetime member of Rainbow United Methodist Church and served his church in many capacities. He was a Trustee, chairperson of stewardship, and served on many other committees and boards. Until his health declined, he could always be found helping cook the pigs for the annual church BBQ and any other task that needed his attention.
Sammie was dedicated to his family. He cherished his wife and shared a special bond with all of his family; having his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren visit always put a smile on his face when they walked in the room. The happiest moments for Sammie were when all the family was together. Sammie had a generous heart and provided a wonderful home for his wife and family and always lent a helping hand to friends and people in the community.
He loved the land and enjoyed farming and seeing the crops and his garden grow. Sharing what he grew with people in the community, was a joy for him. After his retirement from farming Sammie enjoyed working with Central Heating and Air. He enjoyed fishing and sharing the fish he caught with family and friends. He had a special bond with his dogs and loved playing with them and riding them around in his truck. One to never be idle, his mind and hands stayed busy. An avid fixer upper, he loved tackling projects and figuring out solutions to whatever wasn’t working correctly and making it work again.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Burnice Lee Pridgen.
He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Clara Beaman Pridgen; his children, Ray Pridgen (Carol) of Snow Hill, Tricia Laws (Jerry) of Lexington, and Paul Pridgen (Susan) of Greenville; his grandchildren, Michael Pridgen (Heidi) of Greenville, Melissa Dixon (Michael) of Snow Hill, Jennifer Beasley (Kevin) of Morehead City, Gretchen Laws of Friendsville, TN, Samuel Pridgen of Greenville; and his great-grandchildren Raeanne Dixon, Molly Beasley, Lillie Pridgen, Will Beasley, Reagan Dixon, and Tucker Pridgen.
Funeral services to remember and celebrate Sammie’s life will be held 2 PM Wednesday, April 25, at Rainbow UMC with Reverend Patrick Keely officiating. Interment will follow in the Rainbow Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 12:30 – 1:45 PM in the church fellowship hall on Wednesday prior to the service and other times at the Pridgen residence.
The family would like to especially thank Dr. Steven Hamstead, The 6th floor staff at Vidant, and the staff of Greendale Forest Nursing Home.
In Lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Rainbow UMC, c/o Ray Pridgen, 704 Greenridge Road, Snow Hill, NC 28580. Online condolences at www.taylor-tyson.com
Photos Add Photos
Celebrating the life of Sammie W. Pridgen
Thank you for signing Sammie W. Pridgen's Guestbook
I extend my sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Pridgen. May he forever dwell in the presence of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ & may our Heavenly Father bless, comfort, & strengthen the family & friends during this difficult time.
Submitted by A. Clinton Dickens on Apr 24 2018 12:41:03 AM
Gail Edwards lit a candle for Sammie W. Pridgen
Gail Edwards lit a candle on Apr 23 2018 08:29:29 PM
Bob Eason lit a candle for Sammie W. Pridgen
Bob Eason lit a candle on Apr 23 2018 07:02:58 PM
William H. Murphy lit a candle for Sammie W. Pridgen
William H. Murphy lit a candle on Apr 23 2018 06:39:00 PM
So sorry to hear of your loss. May you be comforted at this difficult time.
Submitted by William H. Murphy on Apr 23 2018 06:37:11 PM
So sorry to hear of Mr. Sammie's passing,but without a doubt I know heaven has gained another angel. I can truly say he was a fine person to know and a fine neighbor. Our thoughts and prayers will be with the entire family through this difficult time. MY God Bless. The entire family of JC and Marie Gray
Submitted by J C & Mariie Gray and entire family on Apr 23 2018 03:18:01 PM
Dianne and Carroll Johnson lit a candle for Sammie W. Pridgen
Dianne and Carroll Johnson lit a candle on Apr 23 2018 08:31:27 AM
Judy Sugg lit a candle for Sammie W. Pridgen
Judy Sugg lit a candle on Apr 22 2018 10:02:22 PM
Clara and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this time of grief. May God bless you in a special way giving you strength to deal with the activities in the coming days, With much Christian Love, James Ray and Louise McLawhorn
Submitted by James Ray and Louise McLawhorn on Apr 22 2018 09:45:16 PM
James Ray and Louise McLawhorn lit a candle for Sammie W. Pridgen
James Ray and Louise McLawhorn lit a candle on Apr 22 2018 09:37:11 PM
Text me the address
The address has been sent to your phone