Samuel Clyde Clemmons, 59, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at his home in Fayetteville. Sam was born Aug. 13, 1954, in Aberdeen, Md., to Clyde L. and Alice Thompson Clemmons. While his father was serving in the Air Force, Sam grew up around military installations in the Philippines and Japan. When his family returned to the United States, he graduated from Aberdeen High School in Maryland. He began a law enforcement career where he was asked to serve on the Governor's Drug Task Force as an undercover narcotics officer. He retired from the police department in 1985 and moved to Brunswick County, where he met his lovely wife, Evelyn. He was a volunteer fireman and a paramedic. While employed as an operating room surgical technologist at Brunswick Community Hospital, Sam developed an interest in nursing. He received his first nursing degree from Caldwell Community College and later earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winston-Salem State University. When he retired because of illness in 2012, he was the patient care manager of the main operating room at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville.
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Sam was a gunsmith, a conservationist, an avid outdoorsman and a hunter. He hunted large game in Tanzania, Africa, bears in Newfoundland and elk in New Mexico. He was a member of several hunting and shooting clubs in Fayetteville and taught gun safety courses. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and was an instrument-rated private pilot
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a beloved cousin and brother, Ronald Hewett.
Surviving are his wife, Evelyn Barlow Clemmons; daughter, Kristen Bizon and her husband, Christopher, of Hillsborough; grandchildren, Claire and Miles Bizon; special cousins, Russell Spillman of Louzerne, Pa., and Pamela Satriano of Clearwater, Fla.; special friends, Julie Hewett and Jessica Hewett, both of Calabash, and Justin Hewett of Chadbourn; and a host of extended family and friends.
Funeral services were conducted from the graveside by the Rev. Phil Norris on Wednesday, Aug. 6, in Prospect Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are asked to be made to the
, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
Private online condolences may be sent to the family at www.brunswickfuneralservice.com.
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Published in The Brunswick Beacon from Aug. 14 to Aug. 20, 2014