Samuel Josiah Tompkins

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Samuel Josiah Tompkins, 19, of Jacksonville, died on August 3, 2014 at his home in Vero Beach, FL. He was born Feb 10, 1995 in Jacksonville to Jennifer Tompkins Davis. He attended Cathedral of the Cross Christian School through 6th grade where he played basketball and baseball and was a 2013 graduate of Jacksonville High School, where he was a member of the tennis team, baseball team, FCCLA, and elected a class favorite his senior and other years. He enjoyed skateboarding and being with his friends. The taking of his own life was Sam's last act in a fight with depression, which belied his contagious smile. His friends have said that "no one didn't like Sam" and it seemed his mission in life was to make others happy and cheer them up when they were sad. His own struggles bore the fruit of an authentic hug that brought comfort to many. "Sweetest young man", "smiled all the time", "very polite and respectful" are some of the thoughts that will accompany the joyful memories of our Sammy – our Sam-I-Am – our Samuel. He is survived by his mom, Jennifer; dad, Gerald Young; two younger sisters, Victoria and Elliana; step-brother, Noah Davis; Grandfather, James Tompkins; Grandmothers Janice Miller and Jacqueline Young; Great-Grandmother Mary O. Jackson; Aunts, June Tompkins, Nicole Holder, Noelle (Bruce) Arnold, Gerquina (Anthony) Taylor, Brandy (Jamaal) Cook; and Uncles, Jimmy (Melea) Tompkins and Jonathan (Lori) Tompkins. He is preceded in death by his step-father, Charles Elliott Davis; Grandmother, Judy Tompkins. Service will be at Word Alive International Outreach, 122 Allendale Road, Oxford, today. Visitation will be at 4 p.m. with the memorial service starting at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the JHS Tennis Team. Also, the family would like to request that if you struggle with depression or any form of mental illness that you talk with someone about it and get the help you need. You don't have to be alone and depression is treatable and not a sign of weakness.
Published in The Anniston Star on Aug. 9, 2014