Samuel Carter McCamy III
Samuel Carter McCamy III, age 63, received his final prayer to go home to meet his Maker on July 27, 2018. Born on his dad's birthday, January 14, 1955, in Knoxville, TN, he was the eldest son of Sam and Angie McCamy, and a brother to Gail McCamy Wedekind and Jeffrey McCamy. He graduated from Bearden High School where he played football and then attended his beloved university, The University of Tennessee, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and received his Bachelors of Science. It was at UT where he met the love of his life and best friend, Susan McConnaughey (Susie), and after seven years of courtship and behavior modification, they were wed and enjoyed thirty-six fun filled years of marriage together.
Samuel is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife, Susie, his son George Tyler McCamy (Spike), his daughter Callie McCamy Jubran, her husband Nadim, as well as his beloved granddaughter Mabry. He is also survived by his siblings, wonderful in-laws, as well as many loving nieces and nephews who he adored.
His passion for business was evident to all who knew him. His work and impact in the electrical and construction fields were nothing short of admirable. He remained a lifelong entrepreneur, investor, dreamer and visionary through his last days. With a love for family, friends, travel, food and health trends, and more, Sam had an incredible zest for life that was contagious. His larger than life personality, fun-loving spirit, love for entertaining others and making them laugh, quick wit and unique charm, along with his perseverance, dignity and strength were unmatched here on earth and no doubt all welcomed additions to the gates of Heaven. Just over two years after receiving a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, Sam fought harder and longer than anyone could have imagined. With his bucket list a mile long, he lived out his days full of love and laughter.
Sam had an incredibly generous heart and loved to give - he gave his blessings, advice, time, friendship and love to so many. He had a passion for helping others and especially mentoring young people in business and in their faith. Sam had the special gift of making every person he knew or met know just how important they were - his family, friends, business partners, along with every doctor, nurse, or other health care worker that helped him along this difficult journey. With quality time being his love language, he cherished every person in his life and reminded us of that constantly.
Sam's suffering - through the cancer that took so much from him - became his sermon, impacting lives far beyond what he knew with his undeniable strength and endurance, as well as his unbelievable faith and unwavering relationship with the Lord. He kept his eyes on God and his hope for the miracle of healing throughout his excruciating fight. A scripture he held close to him was "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." (Matthew 21:22). We believe he received many miracles throughout his life but has now received his biggest miracle, which was ultimate healing in heaven. He will be missed here on earth so deeply, but we find peace knowing he is exactly where he wants to be and has finally been made whole again with his Creator.
A celebration of life will be held at Grace Presbyterian Church (1610 Midpark Rd., Knoxville, TN, 37921, off Middlebrook) on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 2:00 PM. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:00-1:45 PM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to UT Cancer Integrative Medicine (2121 Medical Center Way Suite 110 Knoxville, TN, 37920), a mission Sam felt very passionate about. Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the McCamy family and invites you to view and sign the online registry at gentrygriffey.com
Published by Knoxville News Sentinel from Jul. 29 to Aug. 3, 2018.