Sammy D. Purdy
1949 - 2019
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Sammy D. Purdy passed away on February 19, 2019 at the age of 69. Sam was a native of Bassett, Virginia, but resided in Poquoson, Virginia for the last 40 years. He and the love of his life, Sarah Purdy, were married on March 12, 1971. Sam enjoyed working with his hands which allowed him to be successful as a machinist. He co-founded Action Tool Service in 1976 and retired for the first time in 2001. He later returned to work in 2010 for Continental Automotive until 2017.Along the way, Sam never lost sight of his faith and kept active in the community where he would volunteer to coach youth athletics including wrestling, football, basketball, and baseball.Sam was a fun-loving guy who never met a stranger. When Sam wasn't providing and bringing joy to his family and friends' lives, he enjoyed fishing, playing golf, and attending several NASCAR races to cheer on his favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt. Sam and his buddies regularly played golf at The Pines at Fort Eustis and was also a member of the Poquoson Scouts Golf Club. His backyard was a peaceful place for fishing off the pier or kayaking on Robert's Creek.He was a Christian and longtime member of Liberty Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Thelma Purdy and his sister Deborah Purdy. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sarah Purdy; his son Steven Purdy and daughter and son-in-law Kelli (Purdy) and Geoff Meadows, and grandchildren Samantha and Sydni Meadows; and his brothers John and Ed Purdy.A service will be held at Liberty Baptist Church, 1021 Big Bethel Road, Hampton, VA 23666 on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 2:00. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service from 1:00 – 2:00 PM and following the service at their home in Poquoson.In lieu of flowers we know Sam would want to bring awareness to his granddaughter Sydni's journey at https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/sydnimeadows. Condolences to claytorrollins.com

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Published in Daily Press on Feb. 24, 2019.
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March 13, 2019
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. May your memories of the wonderful times you shared bring comfort to your family. And may the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this difficult time. Isaiah 61:1, 2
The Maddox Family
March 1, 2019
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. Sarah if you need me or if the children need me please just let me know and I'll be there.. Lee
Lee Toler
Family
February 25, 2019
Dear Sarah and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you May you find strength through your faith in this time of loss
Love, Joyce Askew
Joyce Askew
February 24, 2019
Pat and George Skinner and all of his golfing friends at the Pines Golf Course will miss Sam. Sam was a fun and outgoing guy and was near scratch golfer. He scored many hole in one's and he won many golf tournaments. His golf skills were admired by his competitors. We send prayers of support to his family and friends.
George & Pat Skinner
February 24, 2019
george and pat skinner
February 24, 2019
Sarah, Rick and I were so very saddened to hear of Sammy's passing. Since our days at Bassett High School, Sam was always a great guy, always so happy and smiling, and never had a bad word to say about any one. I remember seeing you both when you lived in the Buckroe Beach area when you first moved to Hampton - we were all just young folks starting our careers. Sammy was well loved by everyone who met him. He will be missed.
Laverne Helmstutler
February 24, 2019
Lynne and I are so sorry to hear the news about Sam's passing. He was a very nice person and fun to be around. We offer our condolences to the family and have all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
Greg Sutton
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