Samuel Douglas Hamilton

May 2, 1967February 12, 2021

Samuel Douglas Hamilton, 53, died at Providence Hospital on Friday, February 12, 2021 after a hard fight against Covid-related complications.

Sam was born in Lexington, SC, and later attended Airport High School. He then went to the University of South Carolina where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Prior to his death, he was working at Disability Determination Services for the state of SC as an IT Senior Manager.

He is survived by his spouse, Karin Springfield Hamilton, and two beloved pets, Molly and Cipo. He is also survived by his mother, Martha King Johnson; step-father, Joe Johnson; his brother, Danny Hamilton; sister-in-law, Lynn Hamilton; mother-in-law, Marion Bannister; brother-in-law, Chris Springfield; and nieces, Haley Hamilton and Courtney Cole. He is predeceased by his father, Danny Douglas Hamilton; grandmothers, Bessie Hamilton and Margaret King (Big Mama); sister-in-law, Debi Cole, and beloved pet, Cowboy.

A memorial/celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 27 at 1:00 pm where we can share love for and stories about Sam. Location is Stadium Club, 1001 South Stadium Road, Columbia SC (near Williams Brice Stadium) in an outdoor covered venue to maintain safety and give everyone enough room to social distance.

In lieu of flowers, in accordance to Sam’s love for animals and rescues, donations can be made to the following rescues: Bull Ridge Bull Terrier Rescue (via website or checks mailed to BRBTC C/O Belinda Shockley, PO Box 32, Delmar, DE 19940) in honor of our pup, Cipo or Sarah Elkin Rescue/Grooming (checks can be mailed to 4718 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29206) in honor of our pup, Molly.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at


  • Memorial and Celebration of Life

    Saturday, February 27, 2021


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Ken Norris

February 20, 2021

On the day of my retirement in March 2020, Sam and I sat in my office talking about our years as colleagues and friends. We talked about his anticipated marriage to Karin and their life together. Unimaginably, less than a year later, my friend is gone. Truly, life is a fragile, precious, fleeting gift, but fortunately our lives will always be richer and fuller for having known him.

Hua Wo

February 20, 2021

It has been a pleasure working with Sam at the DDS IT over the last 20 years. Sam was such a great supervisor and friend. I will never forget his personal kindness to me throughout the years we worked together. He will be greatly missed by many. Sam, you will always be remembered.

Joe Martin

February 19, 2021

Had the great pleasure of working with Sam for over 15 years, my job was to support him but really he supported me. Such a good man, such a loss to those who knew him. Love and prayers to his family, friends and co-workers!

Scott Rowe

February 17, 2021

I have worked for Sam for 2 years. I loved to hear his laugh, and he was always completely honest about what he thought of something. He said when he thought I had done a great job, and when I needed to "go back to the whiteboard". Really good managers are so treasured.
I send thoughts and prayers to his family and other relations.

Lea McQueen

February 16, 2021

Sam was a great guy! He was so well liked by so many! I will never forget his personal kindness to me throughout the years we worked together. I like to think Sam caught a glimpse of heaven and ran into the Father's arms! May God comfort his wife, his mother, and his family!

Dru Beckham

February 16, 2021

Hey Sam, I'm picturing you on a bike with a nice tailwind and Cowboy by your side. RIP my friend.

Ann Payne

February 16, 2021

Sam was just a genuinely nice guy to work. I have been praying for him for the past month and will continue to pray for his family during this difficult time. Seeing other's comments and memories of Sam makes me realize what a fun loving friendly man Sam was and we were all lucky to have known him. He will be greatly missed by many people.

Richard Mobley

February 16, 2021

I am grateful for Sam as he hired me to come to work with his team 4 years ago. I came to know Sam as a great boss and coworker. He would always roll up his sleeves and help us get the job done. Sam had a great heart for others. We both liked having a checklist to make sure the job was complete. We both shared our love for our pets. We surely will miss him. I know he is now loving on Cowboy in heaven.

Veronica Mallett

February 16, 2021

Sam, it has been a pleasure working so closely with you at the DDS these last 20 years. I learned a lot from you systems wise and we got along so well. You were more than a peer/co-worker, you were a good friend. You are healed and at peace my friend.

To Karin and the Hamilton family, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalms 46:1



Brian Hewitt

February 15, 2021

Sammie you fought a fearless fight. Now you are in Heaven with the Lord. Sammie you will be missed but not forgotten. Sammie thanks for always being a loyal friend to me. Thanks again, Brian Hewitt