Samuel Marquieth Johnson
Mr. Samuel Marquieth Johnson - SAVANNAH - Mr. Samuel Marquieth Johnson entered eternal rest on April 21, 2009. Sam walked into eternal glory. God needed his voice in Heaven. He was born on June 14, 1966 to Mrs. Sarah E. Jackson and Mr. Eric Johnson. He was raised in Savannah and was a 1984 graduate of Beach High School. Samuel worked at Cumlus Broadcasting as a radio personality and was a student at South University. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sarah E. Jackson Gordon and Brothers, Eric Johnson and Wyman Gordon. He is survived by: two brothers, eleven sisters, a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives. Funeral services will be held 1:00p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2009 at Word First Christian Church, 2409 Alfred St. (Garden City) Rev. Dennis Aiken, Pastor. Interment: Oak Grove Cemetery. Savannah Morning News April 24, 2009 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannnahnow.com/obituaries .

Published by Savannah Morning News on Apr. 24, 2009.
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April 21, 2010
The candle is lit as a constant memory of you, Sam. Your memory will never burn out. With an abundance of love..............Sylvia Edenfield
sylvia edenfield
April 21, 2010
As siblings get older they tend to start living their own lives and not staying in contact unless a holiday arises or a funeral comes about.

I encourage you to call your mom and dad, go see your sister or brother, send your neice or nephew a card or just call them. I wish I could rewind time to tell my brother how much I love him before he passed. His bright smile, corny jokes and voice rings in my head constantly. I miss him everyday but I will never forget the good times we shared.
Love you, Sam Bam.....

your sis,
Damitta
Damitta Roberts
April 20, 2010
It has been a long time since we saw each other but I remember your infectious personality. You could always make me laugh. The one memory that sticks out in my mind is one night ot the radio station. Everything was going wrong. The tape for recording phone calls broke. You looked out the window and said "I love my job"
DeeAnna Hopkins
April 19, 2010
I miss you. I miss the way you always made us laugh. I miss the silly voices you put on. You are and always will be the diamond in the rough. Your personality was infectious and everyone you came in contact with caught "The Sam Fever".
Karen Greaves
April 18, 2010
April 18, 2010
Where do I even begin...you've been part of my life for many, many moons. Uncle Sam, to Krissy and a dear, sweet WONDERFUL friend to me! I love ya and miss ya, but I certainly "feel" ya. Thinking of you always brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart! A favorite memory, hmmmmmm...two words: AUNT BUNNY
Lynn Trussell
April 18, 2010
Sam, I really wish I had been able to have spent more time with you. You were always joking with me and making me laugh even when I didn't want to. I try to tell my friends different stories about the stuff we did and even have a video of the show "Undergound Savannah" with everyone cutting up. It is a little hard to watch sometimes but worth a good cry once in a while.
David Lindsey
April 18, 2010
You've been on my mind a lot, kid. I sure enjoy our dinners at Asian Buffet! And Toad just turned a year old.. remember when I first got him and we had dinner at Applebee's? Good times, never forgotten!
Faustina Smith
April 18, 2010
April 17, 2010
Well, dear brother, it's been a year since I last saw you and there is rarely a day that goes by that you don't cross my mind. When I think of you though, it's with a smile on my face, remembering all the great times we had and the silly crap that we did together.
I know that you are still around me and finally getting back at me for all the practical jokes that I played on you. Even now, there is something happening to tell me that you are near. One day I will post a story on facebook that will show your friends that you are near and having the best time.
I love you bro and miss you
Bob Wiley
April 17, 2010
Well Sam.....you will be missed more that you will ever know. You have been a great friend to many. You have set examples for others to follow, and given some of the best advice. Too bad some of us did not take that advice. I can remember so many wonderful times with you. Although we have not seen each other in so many years, you have always had, and will continue to have a great big spot in my heart. All i can say is that we are all better folks because of you. i love you and will forever miss you.
Sylvia Edenfield
May 8, 2009
Samuel Marqueith Johnson,

I hardly got to know you, and that was at a Quarterman family reunion in 1979, but I enjoyed tha fact that I did get to meet you. May you rest in eternal peace.
James W. Brown
May 5, 2009
Over the past week, I have read the signatures left here for Sam and have come to one inescapable conclusion. Sam Johnson touched more lives than even he ever knew. Most of us can only aspire to have that many people so close to us. Sam is truly the richest man I ever knew.
And though I will miss him deeply and have wept many tears at his passing, I also know that he gave me a joy that few can ever attain. Sam was, is and always will be my true brother and I hope that when we meet again we can finally get those waffles he promised me.
But to those of us that have to face the rest of our days without the smile of Sam to brighten our day, I say to you, do not weep for Sam. He will make fun of you and call you names. Though he is missed, his memory will live for all eternity as long as there is someone talking about him and there is an internet. Besides, he's still at Steeds messing with the karaoke equipment.
I love you Sam and will indeed miss you, but I know that when my time comes, there will be no greater reception than when you, my father and I meet at the gates of heaven.
Bob Wiley
May 3, 2009
When God takes something away from your grasp, He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better.The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you.
Sorry my nephew, I could not be there at your celebration of life;but I do know that God has taken you to a better place.
May you have a safe trip home.There you will see your Grandmother 'Annie B'and others that will hold your hand. So my beloved nephew life is not about to survive the storm , but how to dance in the rain.So dance my boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rubin Bryant
May 2, 2009
There are no words that can express how sad I was when I heard the news. Instead of dwelling on it, I remember the fun times. I remember all those midnight to 6am shift at Z-102. What a crazy cast of charaters came through those doors on Johnson Square. The friendship led us to Savannah Underground. Thank you for letting me be your Ed McMahon! I also cannot forget driving to FOX TV in Hardeeville, all the while jamming to the Beetles. What a great time we had! More recently, it was great seeing you at Cumulus the short time I was there. Thank you for giving me those memories and letting me share a few fleeting moments in your life! I will see you on the otherside.
Shaler Williams (Scott Birmingham)
April 30, 2009
Sam,

You were a true friend and all of Savannah and Coastal Empire has lost a good friend...Thank you for letting me be a friend...I wont forget the Days on Z102 and I-95 in Hinesville at Mallicks with Rick and everyone else...Those fun remotes we did together and the time we all dressed up when the Umpires went on strike...It was a honor to know you...Your in gods hands now and one day we will see each other once again....We all will miss you Sam

Rest in Peace

Jeff Taylor and family
Jeff Taylor
April 30, 2009
Sam, you will forever be a part of my wonderful memories of Bar Bar and the "family" we all shared. Thank you for always putting a smile on my face.
Mary Addison Alverson
April 28, 2009
Dear Sam:
Saying goodbye is the hardest thing to do especially when you haven't seen someone in many years. Your friendship will always be remembered from the first time we met to those crazy days on "Underground Savannah" on Channel 7 to your DJ days at Z102 and when I first was on the air at WSOK.

Those were the days worth spent and remembered ALWAYS! The last few times I spoke with you were wonderful and very pleased to hear from you.

And now we say goodbye leaving behind memories of old. We say goodbye in hopes to seeing other one Glorious day.
Goodbye old friend,you wil be missed.......

Your old friend,
"Kenny"
Kenneth and Vanessa Jenkins
April 28, 2009
Dear Sam:
Saying goodbye is the hardest thing to do especially when you haven't seen someone in many years. Your friendship will always be remembered from the first time we met to those crazy days on "Underground Savannah" on Channel 7 to your DJ days at Z102 and when I first was on the air at WSOK.

Those were the days worth spent and remembered ALWAYS! The last few times I spoke with you were wonderful and very pleased to hear from you. You even were pleased to know I gotten married. LOL.

And now we say goodbye leaving behind memories of old. We say goodbye in hopes to seeing other one Glorious day.
Goodbye old friend,you wil be missed.......

Your old friend,
"Kenny"
Kenneth and Vanessa Jenkins
April 28, 2009
Dear Son:

I hope that you knew how honored I was that you would call me Mom, expecially when I know how much you loved and missed your own Mother. Thank you for singing Green Green Grass of Home in honor of Dad and It's a Wonderful World on your last night. I will cherish the memory the rest of my days, until we meet again. You touched so many lives and hearts and made them better. You were truly a SUPER man. I will miss your love, laughter, wonderful voice, and all the good times we spent together. Most of us only aspire to make and impact in this world, but you made yours.

Sleep in Peace beloved Son.

Mom
Jerry Wiley
April 28, 2009
Sam, you are definitely a one of kind. I feel fortunate to have been cognizant of your great personality and gift with people. My deepest compassion goes to those in your life that knew you better than myself. I will miss you. Thank you for being apart of my life buddy.
Christopher Ward
April 27, 2009
Rest in peace, Sam. When I remember Savannah and Oldies 98.3, you always play into those memories.
Jennifer Abbott Chaffman
April 26, 2009
I know it is very cliche so say "he will sorely be missed," "he was such a good guy," "everyone loved him,"" he made everyone laugh and smile," BUT I can not think of another person to whom those words are SO TRUE! As Caveman said (whose last day was my first day @ Cumulus) Sam was also one of the first guys I actually "clicked" with. We shared stories of working "across the river" (during different tenure times at Adventure Radio, which was located over on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina at the time.) Sam and I worked together and covered a few shifts for each other at Cumulus and he even stepped in for me when my dad passed away on Christmas Eve of 2007 to cover my shifts. I was producing the "John Boy and Billy Morning Show" @ WIXV. He was one of the VERY FEW whom actually called me to send his condolences while I was away. I was just reading his blog when he wrote about his public access show..... I remember working with him the day he wrote that. Sam and production director, Jeff McDermott, were telling stories of "the good ol' days" doing the Public Access show. Seeing Sam reminisce and glow in the days-gone-bye, is how I will remember Sam..... Man, the memories!! I remember fighting with him over the cushions to the couch in the "jock lounge" (or lack-there-of) as we were both working WAY LATE with our "other jobs," and working WAY EARLY at the radio station!!! Both of us were looking to catch an hour or two of sleep in the respective studios of the stations, we were working on the next morning. I remember thinking "what in the world are we doing sleeping on the floor in the studio, making very little money, just to do something we loved to do??" I shared the passion of working in radio, with Sam. We endured late nights, early mornings, swing shifts, holidays, covering "full timers" sick days/vacations, last minute remotes, satellite changes..... the list goes on and on.... all the grunt work in radio. Sam is definitely in a better place, and I will always remember him as "ONE OF THE GOOD GUYS." Krystal Burger and vending machine breakfast...... THAT'S HOW WE ROLL!!!!
Chris Taff
April 26, 2009
April 25, 2009
Sam you will be missed very much. I will miss hearing your voice and the way you always lit up a roon when you walked in.
Mary Collins
April 25, 2009
Sam and I worked together at Adventure Radio and shared many laughs together and I came to know we also faced struggles similarly- laughing to keep from crying. I just learned he was pursuing a higher education late in life, as I am; another something in common I wish I'd known about Sam. We loved laughing with Sam at work and we cry now at his passing, but know his voice rings strong now in Heaven. Many blessings to your loved ones, Sam. You are sorely missed.
Tim Bond
April 25, 2009
We are too far away to get there to say our final farewells in person, but know that Sam is in our hearts and will always be. He was a fantastic person and there is a void in the world without his humor, talent and sheer chutzpah. Danielle and I will miss you so much!
Beth Proctor
April 25, 2009
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
angela lamb
April 24, 2009
i will miss u sam me and my fammily love u i hope u know what you ment to us god bless u a perfect friend and a man of honer
we will miss u angela lamb and fammily........hugs and kisses
and i hope u will never forget us ....
angela lamb
April 24, 2009
There will NEVER be another like you !!!! You were an uncle to my son and "Bear" to his daughter. I am proud and honored to call you friend. The Weather Witch will miss your "commentaries" on her work.
Thanks for the memories......
Tory Fuller
April 24, 2009
Sam was a bright light with infectious humor. I was proud to know him and he will surely be missed.
William Peek
April 24, 2009
RAI Dialysis staff would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Sam Johnson. Sam was a man who was bigger than life. He left impressions in our hearts that will live on for years to come. We feel grateful, and priveleged, to have provided care to such a lovely gentleman. Our prayers and thoughts go with him.
RAI Dialysis
April 24, 2009
Mr and Mrs John Dixon, jr
Sharyl and John Dixon
April 24, 2009
Sam was a fun, LOUD, "Larger than life," friend. I have SO many memories of the time we worked together at Oldies 98.3 and Adventure Radio. Sam TRULY Loved music and his distinct voice WILL be missed on Savannah's airwaves! Sam was always a Gentleman and good friend to me-and he made me laugh!
Rest in peace, my "Soul Brother."
Debbie Bolton
April 24, 2009
Sam...your smile and fun ways will be missed...Godspeed my friend.
Mike Roberts
April 24, 2009
Ah, Hajii Pajii, Master Detective, where have you gone? I first met Sam when I came to Savannah at 21 as editor of Good Times/Creative Loafing magazine. I was immediately impressed that a guy my age not only knew who Jack Benny was, but could name BOTH secret identities of The Shadow! And I'll treasure all those nights throwing around just the wildest ideas for the "Underground Savannah" show in the luxurious setting of Drayton Tower Apartments.

Sam was a solid, solid friend. Even when he had that questionable Kid 'n Play-influenced haircut.

The day before I found out about his passing, I thought of Sam when I was in a record store and saw a poster for one of the "Dolemite" movies, which we really enjoyed watching together and ranking on. A larger-than-life personality is gone, and at a way too young age.

Rest in Peace, Soul Brother Like No Other.
Bob Ruggiero
April 24, 2009
Sam, you were the first friend I made when I moved to Savannah in 2005. You did your best to introduce me to everything in Savannah, from The Captain's Lounge to Tiger Ridge. Thank you for being my friend and for being such a darn good sport. Savannah and radio, are now missing a voice that can never be replaced. I miss you.
Cave Man
April 24, 2009
Thank you for the laughs we had and for taking great care of Kelsey. You will be missed.
Kelly Boatright
April 24, 2009
What can I say, but you will be missed. No matter what may have transpired between us over the years I always called you friend. Rest well dear friend.
Rhonda Curby
April 24, 2009
I didn't know Sam very long but found him to be a kind and honest man who will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to his family.
Mike Lee
April 24, 2009
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Arlene Mendez
April 24, 2009
We did not know Sam a long time but long enough to know what a wonderful person he was. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to your family.
Paulie and Missy Redding
April 24, 2009
Farewell my friend you will be truely missed!! My deepest sympathy to all your family..
gina lankford
April 24, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with Sam's family at this time of grief. Sam was a wonderful character who will be greatly missed...I think back on our times at Oldies 98.3 with much fondness.
Jim Tapley
April 24, 2009
Sam was a dear friend with whom I shared many tears and hopes over the years we worked together. We'd lost touch and had just reconnected within the last couple of months. He has truly left a large emptiness in a lot of us.
Nonna Carlson
April 24, 2009
I didn't know Sam for very long (about four years) but I consider myself a richer individual for having made his acquaintance. My thoughts and prayers are with his family--he was truly a giant among men.
Ivan G Shreve Jr
April 24, 2009
It was with a heavy heart that I received news of the passing of my friend of the past 27 years. After reflecting on Sam's victories and challenges in life, it occurs to me that his life was a drama befitting the comic books and sci-fi stories we both enjoyed so much. Like the best characters of those stories, Sam had infectious humor and unrelenting loyalty to his friends. Now that Sam's tale is over, I offer my sympathies and prayers for his family and will cherish his memory in my own remaining days.
Patrick Olivarez
April 24, 2009
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