Hampton Perry "Sam" Saussy, 83, of Kunkletown, PA, passed on suddenly Tuesday morning, December 18th, 2007.
Born on July 1, 1924, in Columbia, South Carolina, he was the son of the late George Stone Saussy Sr. and Florence (Perry) Saussy and lived in South Park, Pennsylvania, for 55 years prior to moving to Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown this June.
Hampton had an idyllic youth, summering at the family home, Highfields, in Highlands, North Carolina. There he collected specimens for the local museum while fishing, riding and enjoying the mountains.
In World War II, he served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Richmond and the USS Salt Lake City. During his service, he was known as "Singing Sam" for his brave singing while the ship was under attack to encourage his fellow sailors. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6664.
A long-time member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in South Park, PA, he was active for many years in the church choir.
He worked in industrial marking products as an artist and inspector for Matthews International Corporation for 37 years, prior to retiring in 1986. A graduate of the Pittsburgh Art Institute, he also attended the University of South Carolina and later participated in continuing education programs at other colleges.
Following his retirement, Hampton, produced bronze sculptures and stained glass, as well as continuing with realistic-styled artwork and cartoons.
Mr. Saussy is survived by his two daughters, Linda S. Wiles, of Stroudsburg, and Nancy J. Butler, along with her husband Robert, of Strongsville, Ohio; four grandchildren, Alicia Wiles and Michael Wiles of Stroudsburg, Brooke Butler of Watertown, Massachusetts, and Leslie Hilliard and her husband Darren, of Strongsville, Ohio; one great-grandchild, Owen Hilliard of Ohio; his brother, David Lamb Saussy, of Savannah, Georgia, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sally, who had Alzheimer's for the last ten years of her life, when he tenderly cared for her. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Colonel George S. "Sonny" Saussy, and two sisters, Kathleen "Kaffy" Davis and Florence Foley.
There will be a memorial service at St. Luke's Catholic Church, in Stroudsburg on Friday, December 28, 2007, at 10:30 am. The burial will be at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Pittsburgh, PA. An additional memorial service will be held at Highlands, North Carolina in the summer of 2008.
Memorial remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.