Elliott, Samuel Douglas

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Samuel Douglas Elliott known lovingly as Sambo, age 61 of Blacksburg Virginia, made his passage to heaven surrounded by immense love and care on Sunday, May 15th 2022. He was born on January 25th, 1961 to Linda Elouise Linkous and the late Paul Edgar Elliott. Sammy was an adored and beloved son, brother, uncle, godfather and friend to many throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by Grandmothers Fannie Elliott and Kate Linkous and his brothers David and Joe Elliott; He is survived by his siblings Betty Elliott, Donna Elliott, and Jimmy Elliott, many special nieces Amanda, Katie, Brittany, Annemarie, Sarah, Hannah, Maleenia, Ashely and Crystal; and special nephews Jeremy, Braden, David and Joseph as he lovingly named “Little Joseph”; great niece and nephews, Riley, Kayson, Owen, Major and Karter as well as his God daughter Alisha White. With one true love Ruth Anne Harvey, dear friends Erama Whitlock and Linda Mize, special cousins Mike Elliott, Brenda Richardson and Benny Simpkins, as well as many special cousins and close friends whose love and support throughout his journey would not have been possible.

Thank you all for the many special visits, words of encouragement and uplifting prayers throughout these last few months, you all made the unbearable moments lighter for Sammy and that will never be forgotten. Thanks also to Larry Merrell for opening his heart and home to Sammy when he was in need.

Sammy was a very talented and skilled painter of the Elliott generations, he had an uncanny ability to walk into a room and see what needed to be done, what wasn’t done and how to fix it. That skill set carried Sammy all the way to the end; pointing out things in his hospital rooms that needed to be corrected and making sure everyone knew it! Painting wasn’t just his skill; it was a passion and throughout life he painted beside some of the best in the business.

Sammy was a delight to all that encountered him, his love shined through with every encounter he made. He never met a stranger in any circumstance, if he didn’t know you beforehand he most definitely did by the time you parted, making an unforgettable impression each time. His heart was as golden and true as was his smile, to be in receipt of that smile was something you treasured. He had a very special bond with his sister Donna, one that meant the world to both of them. To be in the presence of their love was to be enamored by the truest of loves, side by side throughout their lives the pair were a force to be reckoned with and envied all at the same time. From flatfooting competitions to family events the two showed the world what sibling love is supposed to be. He treasured and admired her love and devotion to family and she adored him in the same light, truly becoming one another’s rock in every life trial.

Sammy was a dancer and loved to boogie with the best! Sammy shared that love to dance with all of his family and friends and we all have treasured memories of him with that huge smile that he wore while doing it! He loved his family with a deep love, treasured children as they should be, cared for animals of all kinds and knew what friendship meant; giving it freely to all that he loved. HIs love and friendship was one of life’s best treasures. His love for his devoted pup Lucy was just an extension of what Sammy’s love entailed, she stood by him and with him until the end, special thank you to Pat Meador for loving Lucy like Sammy did. We know he left her in the best of care and we are forever grateful to you.

Sammy had unshakable faith in his Lord and Savior with complete trust that he would be standing at the gates of heaven, being welcomed by all that had passed before him. He had made a peace with all that life had given him and fought up until the end with grace, will and faith on his side. We would like to thank each of the ICU doctors and nurses at Lewis Gale Montgomery for their care and genuine outpouring of love shown to Sammy and his loved ones throughout some of the most difficult times, your genuine care for him will never be forgotten!

This isn’t a goodbye Sambo….this is a simple, see you later!

Funeral arrangements are being provided by McCoy Funeral Home in Blacksburg Virginia, on Monday May 23 2022. Visitation is between the hours of 1:00-2:00pm with service directly following at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Hiawatha N. Spraggins, Jr. and Rev. Eddie Gallimore officiating.

If you would like to send flowers please send them to McCoy Funeral Home, if you would rather help contribute to funeral cost; you may make donations directly to McCoy Funeral Home in the name of Samuel Elliott.