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Samuel H. Grace, 84, of Granite City, Ill., born March 11, 1930, in Hopkinsville, Ky., went to his Heavenly home at 3:25 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2014, at his home.
Sam was a generous man and hard worker having worked over 10 years each with the Alton & Southern Railroad, American Steel Foundries, Motel 6 and as the Village Lane Apartments manager along with many other companies and self-employment enterprises. He was a longtime member of the Frontiersmen Camping Fraternity (FCF), had served as senior leader to one of the largest group of the Assemblies of God Royal Rangers (a Christian version of Boy Scouts) in Illinois. Sam, a praying man, faithful to the Gospel of Jesus, and a lifelong dedicated Christian, attended Word of Life Tabernacle.
He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Samuel Levi and Annie, nee Johnson, Grace; three granddaughters, Jaime Grace, Amanda "Amy" Grace and Penny McGregor; two brothers, James Grace and Franklin Grace; and two sisters, Lillian Grace and Frances Hancock.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 61 years, Nadine, nee Hale, Grace, whom he married on April 18, 1953, in Madison, Ill.; two sons and daughters-in-law, George Samuel and Susan Grace of Princeton, Ky., and Michael Roy and Gina Grace of Granite City; six precious grandchildren, Jason Grace of Henderson, Nev., Trisha Farnam of Imperial, Mo., Adam Grace of Granite City, Johnny Grace of Murray, Ky., David Grace of Princeton, Ky., and April Gordon of Princeton, Ky.; 19 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Ola Pike of Evansville, Ind.; a stepbrother, Charles Wells of Evansville, Ind.; other extended family and many cherished friends. Sam never knew a stranger.
Memorials may be made to Word of Life Tabernacle and may be accepted at the funeral home. www.irwinchapel.com
Visitation: In celebration of his life, visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Word of Life Tabernacle, 4870 Maryville Road in Granite City with Reverend Henry Crippen and Reverend Larry Hale officiating. Burial will follow at St. James Cemetery in Edwardsville, Ill.
IRWIN CHAPEL, Granite City, Ill.
Irwin Chapel Pc
3960 Maryville Rd Granite City, IL 62040
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on June 29, 2014