Yee S. Eng
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"Sam" Eng, 85, of Poquoson, VA, passed away peacefully at home on March 10, 2020.

Sam was born in Taishan, China with his childhood overshadowed by the Japanese Occupation. He lost his mother at age 8 but survived the famine and violence of WWII with support from his older sister May. Sam spent his high school years in Hong Kong and worked in various trade jobs on several skyscraper projects. Sam went on to work on ocean-faring cargo vessels and was promoted to ship's quartermaster.

Sam immigrated to the United States in 1961 and joined his brothers at a family laundromat, first in NC and then VA. Sam started Asia Restaurant in downtown Newport News in 1970. Sam met Freda and the two married in 1973. In 1982, due to the construction of I-664, Asia Restaurant closed and reopened at its present location as Sam's Carry Out Restaurant. Sam and Freda went on to open Ming's Carry Out in Hampton, VA in 1986.

Upon retirement, Sam had more time to enjoy photography, fishing, crabbing, boating, auctions, traveling and sudoku. Most of all, he loved sharing his cooking with family, friends and the community.

Sam is survived by his wife, Freda; along with two children and their spouses; one grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

At this time all services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please leave your favorite memory of Sam on

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Published in Daily Press from Mar. 18 to Mar. 22, 2020.
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March 26, 2020
He always asked about your will be missed 30th Street NN.. Farewell Friend
March 24, 2020
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.
March 24, 2020
I love you and always loved your food I was and still is a regular at the restaurant I am so sorry for your loss and I send my love prayers and condolences may God strengthen you during your time of grief
Patricia Williams
March 23, 2020
I never met Sam personally, but my family grew up enjoying the excellent 'Shrimp Fried Rice' from his restaurant. Rest in Paradise Sir. My deepest condolences to the entire family.
Kevin McDonald
March 22, 2020
What an incredible story. I am glad that he lived a fulfilling life.
Jay Eeg
March 20, 2020
We will miss you Sam. My God comfort your family during this time of sorrow. I would like to thank you for sharing your cooking and sharing your smile with us for so many years. RIP my friend. Long live Sam. You name will forever be in the mouths of those of us in the city.
monica tucker
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