Lee Funeral Home

11840 Highway 90, Little River, SC


Samuel J. Mittan Jr.

December 18, 1947September 10, 2019

Longs, SC

Samuel J. Mittan, Jr., 71, died September 10, 2019 at McLeod Seacoast Medical Center.

Born on December 18, 1947 in Cedar Rapids, IA, he was the son of the late Samuel Joseph Mittan, Sr. and Betty Ireland Mittan.

Mr. Mittan served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Conflict.

Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Theresa Lafferty Mittan; sons, Scott Mittan (Angela), Garrett White; daughters, Amy Shields (Allen), Cynthia Dupont (Tiffani), Debbie Dupont Clark (Robbie); brothers, Jim Mittan (Susan), Thomas Lafferty, David Lafferty (Patti), Kenneth Lafferty (Robin); sisters, Susan May (Rick), Cindy Moore (Terry), Paula Mittan (Charlez Wey); father and mother in law, Gil and Pat Avey; grandchildren, Brett, Shadow, Amber, Sebastian, Cameron, Liam, and Amber; several great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, and his canine companions, Whepa, Doodles, and Luna.

Along with his parents, Mr. Mittan is predeceased by a son, Phillip Mittan, and a brother, Michael Zeadow.

SamyJo retired after 34 years at North Anna Power Station (NAPS) with Dominion Power. They nicknamed him ‘Woody’ after the Toy Story movie. He made many friends through his years with Dominion.

Over the years, SamyJo has made many, many golf friends. He was known as “The Cowboy” on the greens, always wearing his hat and special made boots.

A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, September 28, 2019 in Lee Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans (DAV), 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Springs, KY 41076.

A guestbook is available at www.leefhandcrematory.com.

Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.


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28 September


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lee Funeral Home

11840 Highway 90
Little River, South Carolina 29566

28 September

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Lee Funeral Home

11840 Highway 90
Little River, South Carolina 29566


Samuel J. Mittan Jr.

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Tom Lafferty

September 21, 2019

From Tom, Julie, Chris and kids

You will be missed tremendously, look down over Theresa and let her know you are there, we love you all and will always be there for you Theresa! <3

Vicky Harte

September 20, 2019

Sam was my first supervisor at North Anna in Nuclear Operations. He was truly a friend and inspired me to reach higher goals when most said I couldn't. I will always remember our watering holes and our annual swimming pool party at his house. God Bless You, Sam and may God Bless those left behind as we wait to join you.

Vicky and Roy Harte and Family

Robin Lafferty

September 19, 2019

Ken and I send our deepest condolences and prayers to you during this time. Find comfort in the love you two shared and know it's still there.
Love Hugs and Prayers Ken and Robin

John Shoemaker

September 18, 2019

Every memory of Sam is good, he always seemed to be smiling, he was definitely a rebel, but never held a grudge. Sam and I worked shift together on "E" Shift at NAPS. God Speed Sam.

Tom Durrett

September 16, 2019

Known Sam since 1980. Believe he was still an RO then.he gave me system checkouts. I still remember going to his home to finish a Step. Checkouts were always easier when beer was involved. Sam always had time to help solve a problem all you need do was ask. He will be missed our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Janice Suthard (Sidle)

September 15, 2019

I will always remember Sam as a unique, fun and generous man. I loved his voice and sense of style! Everyone at NAPS knew Sam. He wore his boots even when in a bathing suit on 4th of July! He gave us many wonderful fireworks displays and numerous laughs! Fly high Sam, you will be dearly missed.


September 14, 2019

I met Sam soon after he began playing on Monday mornings with his VFW Post 10804 in Little River. I looked forward to those days Sam and I would be assigned to the same foursome. He was such a pleasant and fun guy and I always got a "kick" out of his golf-spiked cowboy boots. He was a Virginia gentleman and he will be sorely missed.

Monte Carroll

September 14, 2019

I met Sam 30 years shortly after joining NAPS as a System Engineer. I will remember him for his unique style (cowboy hat and boots) and as an overall good person. My heartfelt condolences to his wife Teresa and the rest of the family. May his soul rest in peace.

Forrest Mills

September 14, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family during this trying time. Sammy Jo was first class and always had positive thoughts and spoke kind words about people even in difficult times. Worked with him for many years but really enjoyed the times playing golf and i am sure the fairways of heaven have him walking them now in his boots and hat! God Bless you Sammy, truly will be missed!

Francis Sepnieski

September 13, 2019

Always enjoyed my time on the course with Samy but enjoyed your conversations at the post even more have missed him now sad I will not tee it up with him again your is in my thoughts and prayers for your loss I will miss him