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Samuel Chatam


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Samuel Chatam Obituary
June 18, 1934 - September 24, 2018Samuel L. Chatam passed away at the age of 84. Funeral services and internment were held on Monday, October 1, 2018 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cypress.He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Raff Elizabeth Bailey Chatam and their son, Samuel L. Chatam, Jr. (Cody), his first wife (Barbara Smith Chatam), and their three daughters, Denise Chatam Walker, Ph.D.(Alfred), Dalya Chatam Greenwood (Olvice), and Andrea Chatam; 10 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.Born in Malone, Texas, Samuel's grandmother was the center of his young life, and at an early age she led him to accept Christ. Her direction and vision wereinstrumental in his many life achievements. Samuel graduated from Bishop College, Dallas, TX. He taught high school and elementary school. He had his own janitorial company and bought and sold real estate. His spiritual walk led him to the ministry and he was ordained a Baptist minister. A few years later, after a divorce, he moved to Long Beach, CA where he taught at Lincoln Elementary and Wilson High. After completing his graduate studies at California State University Long Beach, he began a thirty year career as an English professor at Long Beach City College. He was involved in real estate and many other business ventures. He enjoyed traveling with his family, playing golf, and daily exercise. Always the teacher, he encouraged his students, his children, and others to dream big and work hard to achieve those dreams. He lived a productive, meaningful and purposeful life and he will be missed.Please sign the guestbook at presstelegram.com.Forest Lawn Memorial Park4471 Lincoln Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Oct. 11, 2018
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