Samuel O. Denton, Jr.
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Memorial services celebrating the life of Samuel O. Denton, Jr., 42, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 9, 2012 at Grace Community Church. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Youth Warehouse of Grace Community Church.
Sam was born on December 21, 1970 in Shreveport, Louisiana and passed away on November 6, 2012. He grew up in the Stoner Hill neighborhood. After graduating from Byrd HIgh School, he went on to enlist in the United States Air Force and worked in combat communications. On completion of his service, he returned to Shreveport and worked in the music industry. Sam also had great interest and talent in all computer related things. Over the past few years, he went on to complete his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Information Technology. Sam created a successful career as a network administrator and computer based training specialist at Barksdale Air Force Base, and was a mentor and friend to many Air Force network administrators.
Sam was a gifted musician, with a beautiful voice. He could often be found singing on Sundays at Bellaire Baptist Church and later at Grace United Methodist Church. Twelve years ago, a friend introduced him to Melinda, who quickly became the love of his life. Together they raised a family, and Sam relished his role as a father. Sam was a great friend to many who loved him and will miss him dearly. He always found a way to lighten any situation with laughter and had an extremely quick wit. He has left us to go sing with the angels. Most likely, he is already causing mischievous trouble in Heaven and laughing about it with the Saints.
Sam was preceded in death by his father Samuel O. Denton, Sr.
He is survived by his wife Melinda Denton, children Tyler Sullivan, Lindsey Sullivan, and Macy Denton, mother, Marie Meshell and stepfather, Donald; brothers, Donnie and Dennis; sisters, Darlene and Delores. Mr. Denton is also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Grace Community Church Music Ministry, 9400 Ellerbe Road, Shreveport, LA 71106.
Words of comfort may be shared with the family by visiting www.centuriesmemorialfh.com
Published in Shreveport Times from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, 2012