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Deacon Samuel Fussell, Jr.
June 12, 1940 ~ October 23, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Deacon Samuel Fussell, Jr. departed this earthly realm on Monday, October 23, 2023. He was widowed in 2021 after the passing of his wife of 43 years, Geraldine L. Fussell. They made Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida their home for over 30 years after relocating from New Jersey to enjoy their retirement years.
Samuel was born in 1940 to Samuel Sr. and Essie Mae (Hutchins) Fussell in Jacksonville, Florida. He was a graduate of New Stanton Senior High school class of 1958. He married his high school sweetheart, Geraldine White, and they had two children, Kelvin Sr. and Mari-Esther. Following their divorce, Samuel served in the United States Army and settled in New Jersey.
There he embarked on his post military career with the New Jersey Corrections Department. Then he met and married, Illean Smith, and their union produced one son, Anthony (Iris).
Eventually, Samuel married, Geraldine West, the love of his life. He welcomed, loved and helped raise two children, Maria (Damian) and Maurice II (deceased).
Samuel was an avid golfer. He could often be found on the course playing or volunteering at TPC Sawgrass until his health began to decline. His civic affiliations included the Masons and the Shriners. He was recognized in 2010 for his service to the beach community as a BEAM board member and Ambassador. He shared his passion for golf and computer skills to enhance his involvement with the youth at his church and in his community.
Samuel joined the First Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville Beach more than 30 years ago and ultimately was ordained as a deacon. He was a devoted member of the senior ministry, choir, a district leader, and served the church in any capacity that he could.
His survivors include aforementioned children, as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and his adopted son, friend and confidant, Deacon Thomas Ceaser (Margaret) and godson, Xavier Sewell. A life well lived!
Sarah L. Carter's Funeral Home Southside is serving the Family.