Samuel M. Gurganus

December 3, 1921June 25, 2014
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Samuel Marcus Gurganus , Jr., beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully on Wednesday June 25, 2014.

Sam, Jr. was born December 3, 1921, to the late Samuel and Kathleen Gurganus. He grew up in New Bern and graduated from New Bern High School. Sam was very proud to have served in the United States Navy during WWII aboard the USS Daniels and the USS Quick. He graduated from the apprentice school at MCAS Cherry Point after his honorable discharge from the Navy. He was retired from the Naval Air Rework Facility of Cherry Point after 31 ½ years of faithful service.

Sam loved to hunt and fish and was always excited when “the boys were getting up a hunt”. He was an avid reader and loved to tell stories from his childhood and Navy days. He loved children and was known as “Grandy” to the many children he and his wife provided childcare for over 45 years. He was a faithful member of Ruth’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Sam was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Kathleen Taylor and his brother, James Gurganus.

Sam is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gail Sadler Gurganus, his daughters Ann Robinson and Ellen Gurganus, his granddaughter and loving caregiver, Jami Hooper, his granddaughter Kate Robinson and fiancé David Newkirk and his grandson Trey Robinson and wife Megan. He is also survived by his brother, Ben Gurganus and his family along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends. He is also survived by his bonus family, Kim Townsend and Sue Walters, daughters of his long time Navy buddy, DT Wilson, and by his “adopted” family Randy, Cindy, Tiffany, and Taylor Glover. He is also survived by his faithful little dog Lucy.

The family would like to thank Dr. John Ayers, Dr. Jeffrey Taylor, and Dr. Robert Whitmore for the loving care and friendship they provided Sam. Funeral Services will be Saturday June 28th at 11:00am at Cotten Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the reception following the service.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the American Cancer Society.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 28, 2014

Samuel M. Gurganus

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June 30, 2014

It was indeed my honor to have known Mr. Sam. He was a mentor and a friend. He will be missed my many.

Joan Bell

June 29, 2014

Sam, Jr and Grandma Gail helped me raise my children. They took care of them until they started school while I had to work. They have had a huge influence on many , many children over the years. Brad even went on vacations with them. Sam, Jr love to tell the story of Brad with a doll Brad called Baby Jane. We all love Sam, Jr and Grandma Gail for they were like a bonus set of grandparents. May Gail, Ellen, Ann, and Jami found peace and comfort knowing that he was deeply loved.

Barb Ludwig

June 28, 2014

So very sorry for the loss of your beloved grandfather, father, and husband. May you find comfort in the knowledge that he is with his Lord. You will always have wonderful memories of his amazing life. God bless all of you!

joseph rhodes

June 27, 2014

All my best wishes and cotinued friendship

June 26, 2014

Some of my earliest memories of our neighbors: "Miss Gail & Sam, Jr." Ellen and I would be playing in the driveway and Mr. Gurganus would drive up from work and she would run to greet him. I still remember the look on his face. He was such a genuinely kind soft-spoken gentleman. I'm sure there's a fine Edenton Street reunion with his parents and friends that went on ahead. Love and my deepest sympathies to the neighbors of my heart.