Mr. Kenneth "Kenny" Samuel passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, February 25, 2023. Mr. Samuel was son the late Lawson Samuel and Annie Lee Rikard Samuel
Mr. Samuel was a veteran that served his country in the Vietnam War and US Army and South Carolina National Guard 218th Infantry Brigade. He attended Piedmont Technical College and Columbia Commercial College where he earned certifications as a diesel technician.
After a fruitful career he enjoyed many years of retirement where he was able to spend time with his wife and children and restored classic cars and trucks. He was a drag race enthusiast who welcomed any challenge and didn't mind giving his opinion and assistance to help other young men interested in receiving his knowledge. He was affectionately known as “Uncle Kenny”. He named himself "The Transporter" and "The Babysitter" because he spent a lot of his time caring for his grandnieces and grandnephews Chauncey, Madison, Elijah and Logan whom he loved dearly. He was a member of the Fellowship Lodge 218 and Black Horse Association.
He was predeceased by brothers Ernest Rikard, Eugene Samuel, Lawson Samuel, James Phillip Samuel and sisters Bonnie Wilson, Katie Robinson, and Gussie Bookman.
Left to treasure his memories is his wife Jannie Hare Samuel of Prosperity, SC, daughter, Shonda Samuel-Holley (Eric), son, Kendrick Samuel (Tahisha) both of Pomaria, SC; nephew raised in the home as a son James Bookman of Newberry, sisters, Kathy Brooks of Columbia, SC and Henrietta Samuel and Phyllis Ruff of Newberry, SC; grandson, Darius Lane; nephew raised in the home as a brother Rodney Wise of Newberry, SC, sisters-in-law, Patricia Clamp of Newberry SC, Alberta Rikard of Columbia, SC, Catherine Samuel of Prosperity, SC and Barbara Samuel of Augusta, GA; brother-in-law, Leroy Robinson of Batesburg, SC along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He also had devoted nieces, Deterrical Davenport, Jessica Davidson and Reverend Patricia Glenn who cared for him during his illness.
Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 2:00 pm at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Newberry Memorial Gardens with Military Honors. Public viewing will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Fred B. Pratt Memorial Chapel. A mask or face covering is required to enter the funeral home.
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