OBITUARY

Sammy Graphos

November 15, 1941October 5, 2021

Sammy Graphos, 79, passed away on October 5, 2021, with family and friends surrounding him with love, a fitting tribute to his life and what he meant to them. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Jimmy, and sister, Pauline Pihakis. It’s difficult to define the word “legend,” but that’s what comes to mind at the mention of Sammy Graphos’ name—that, and a smile, of course. His mantra was “hard work - clean living”. An adoring husband, father and grandfather, his heart overflowed with love for them all. But his heart was too big to stop there. His friends number in the thousands, for everyone who ever stepped foot in Sam’s Super Samwiches in Homewood had no other choice. He would become their friend, and they would come back again and again. Sammy’s humor was legendary, too. It knew no bounds. And “Life with Sammy” stories will no doubt be told for generations. A prankster, a storyteller and an unrivaled wit made him an icon in the Homewood community, where many referred to him as “the unofficial mayor.” His hot dogs and hamburgers made headlines at home and across the nation as well as on a few TV segments, including a feature on the Food Network’s “Delicious Destinations”. His love for his wife Sue was unending. They had been married 54 years in September. He would often joke that they had been “affiliated” for 59 years, having dated for 5 years before marrying. He is survived by: his wife, Sue; his children,Ted and Lori Graphos, Suzanne and David Schoel; grandchildren, Kate and Sam Graphos; brother, Pete Graphos; a niece and two nephews. He was a member of Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Visitation will be from 9 - 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 7, at the cathedral, followed by the funeral service at 11:00, Father Gregory Edwards and Father Paul Costopoulos officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. At the family’s request, masks will be required. The service will be live-streamed from the Cathedral: http://www.holytrinity-holycross.com/livestream.php. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society in honor of Suzanne Schoel and Ted Graphos; 2200 Woodcrest Place, Suite 230, Birmingham, AL. 35209. https:// mssociety.donordrive.com/campaign/Sam-Graphos

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Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 7, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, October 7, 2021

Memories

Sammy Graphos

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Susan Holley

October 8, 2021

I met Sue and Sammy in 1977 when
We moved across the street on Poinciana.
I loved that neighborhood and the
Friends we made there.
My 4 year old used to call sammys brother
“Look like Sammy”….never by his name.
Ironically we stopped by the sandwich
Shop several months ago to see Sammy…
I am so glad we did.
I am so sorry to hear of his passing….i know the feeling of loss….my husband at the time that we were neighbors just
Passed a few months ago….we are still
Dealing with the loss……
Rest In Peace my friend….hope you’re
Up there with the Baldones and Ted….
Having a few beers!
❤️

Ruth Parker

October 8, 2021

When I got married my husband talked about Sam’s Super Samwiches. One day I was able to go eat there. Since that day Sam was always Sam. I loved looking at all the pictures on his walls. I could tell he liked to fish. For about a year my hubby, Jim and I went every Friday morning to have a breakfast sandwich. I loved going until my office moved. Always good memories of Sam and his sameiches.

John Schilleci

October 8, 2021

I grew up in Norwood with Sammy and his brother Jimmy. We played some ball on Norwood Blvd. We played football on the Blvd and for several years we would play our annual Greeks vs. Americans game. We all had good times. I went to see Sammy and other Greek friends play softball in Central Park. One of their players didn't show up so Sammy got me out of the stands to make the 10th player. He gave me a jersey and laughed and said your name is Pihikas and you are officially Greek. I will miss Sam's great hamburgers. He said the reason I liked them was because he made them and didn't buy hamburger patties. He was right. Sammy was one of the good guys. Enjoyed our talks about our golf games and Ala football. Will miss Sammy. RIP

Ken Giglio

October 7, 2021

Being with Sam each morning at 5 am was an experience similar to winning a lottery. Our privacy prior to the first customer would yield moments Candid Camera would starve to see. I hugged Sam many times each week, and would look in his eyes and say..."I love you" I will miss my dear friend for I had the thrill being ALONE with Sam, while others were sleeping.

Nick Melas

October 7, 2021

My warmest condolences to his immediate family... Got rest his soul...I never had the chance to meet him though I've met the rest of
His siblings, but heard so many great things about him from my wife who's the daughter of his cousin George Graphos..

Kelly Graphos

October 7, 2021

Rest in peace Sammy. Always remember your smile

Sterling McDevitt

October 6, 2021

I met Sammy on my first visit to Birmingham 20 years ago. Dorothy McDaniel sent me down to his shop to get her a “Dorothy Dog “. I left Sammy’s shop with a “Dorothy Dog”, a Polish sausage addiction, and a new friend. I pray that when I knock on the Pearly Gates, Sammy will be there to greet me with a big Sammy smile, a huge Polish sausage, and one of his best cigars! Until then, like so many, I shall miss him with all my heart.

Peyton McDaniel

October 6, 2021

I’ve known Sammy and Sue, Ted, Suzanne and the Graphos family my whole life. Many great memories over the years at Sam’s shop, family gatherings, and around town. He was a true gentleman, and listing his friend count in the thousands is no understatement! Everyone loved Sammy! I know he is slinging burgers and dogs in heaven with jimmy, and having all our lost loved ones up there laughing and smiling! Love y’all. May your memory be eternal Sam!

Reid Brown

October 6, 2021

Sue, Ted and Suzanne: I will be out town tomorrow and will not be able to make the funeral. Please accept my condolences and my thoughts. Sammy was such a great guy! Outgoing, funny and with such a mischievous streak in him. I will miss him dearly. The huge outpouring of love is a tribute all of you. Reid

Steve Gray

October 6, 2021

Godspeed to the entire Graphos Family and to the friends of Sammy Graphos. Sammy is such an adorable man and he has a
natural manner that makes friends feel like family.

Sammy is the type of person that always makes me feel better about life. The obvious love Sammy has for his family, church, and friends is contagious and it is also obvious that his friends and family share those feelings of love toward him.

I was lucky enough to share a table with friends of Sammy yesterday. A seat was reserved for Sammy and his spirit was present. Sammy Graphos will live on in my mind forever with happy thoughts and it is certain that his family and friends will cherish
the Memory of Sammy Graphos as his Soul Will Rest In Peace.




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