Samuel Joseph Smith, age 31, was called home on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, after a short illness. Sam was born and raised in St. Augustine, Florida, along with his best friend, his brother Scott, who preceded him in death. Sam & Scott were mischievous rascals who loved camping and fishing with family and friends. Sam's wit and sarcasm were always uplifting and Sam cared deeply for others, especially the underdog. Sam had an infectious smile and a positive impact on all who were fortunate enough to encounter him.
Sam married the love of his life, Michelle McKay Smith, on August 16, 2014 and she became his fishing buddy. Sam was smart; he could do ANYTHING, skilled in construction, welding, and mechanics. He loved dogs, fishing, and making people laugh, and Sam was a momma's boy. Sam also completely loved his baby sister Delaney and imparted his love of fishing onto her.
In addition to his brother Scott, Sam was preceded in death by his loving great-grandmothers Nana Teresa and Nana Dot and his grandfather Pop. He is survived by his wife Michelle, his parents Shelly and Dean Cox and Mike and Cheryl Smith, his sister Delaney, numerous beloved aunts and uncles, grandparents, cousins, and friends.
In lieu of flowers, a special way to honor Sam's memory would be to cherish your loved ones and to instill the love of fishing in a child.
Due to current pandemic circumstances, a small private memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
"I received a very special message this evening from a close family friend that warms my heart, I know where my boys are and I also know they will always be watching over us until it?s our time to join them in heaven?
Sam is such a beautiful soul
When Sam passed, I didn't know for a week or so.
After Sam left us but before I found out, I had a dream.
I want to share the dream with you. Sam and Scott were both there. There were also a bunch of people but Sam and Scott were the only ones I knew. They both had the biggest smiles on their faces. Most of the dream was just us hanging out and talking about the good ole days. They then talked about the most peace they've ever felt where they're at now. They talked about being surrounded by a love that I can't fathom. In this dream, I enquired about you because I was worried. They told me that you are strong and you can handle anything. They were also catching up on Delaney. When it was time for me to go, they told me that I wouldn't remember any of it. That it was "against the rules." They said that they visit us often but we can't remember. I woke up with a feeling I can't explain.
I know it was just a dream. But I can't help but feel that they are both together and both at peace. "
"I met sam when we were just 13. We were neighbors across the canal. I have so many great memories... From hollering across the water to teasing each other at the bus stop... Roaming the neighborhood streets after dark... hanging out under the 206... The summer days and nights spent running around on the beach... I'm blessed to have known him during those formative years. I think my favorite memories are the "deep" conversations we'd have on the roof of that old condo parking garage. We could all be mischievous little punks... but Sam really was a sweet kid. It's been years since we'd seen each other in person, but we remained friends online. I loved seeing the man he had become and seeing him with the love of his life. His happiness and positivity were contagious. He was a great man and he made this world a lighter place. My heart goes out to his family... You guys are warriors in this life. Sam is reunited with his big brother... May they both rest in paradise. All my love- Jordan "
"I remember them as two little boys who lived on my road and played with my children. I remember them being dare devil's on their bikes. I remember them loving too sit outside by the fire pit and spend time with Mom and dad. "
" Heaven already has one brother, Scott, and now another as Sam is with him . Two very special Angels are together, living their forever lives. My heart reaches out to his Mom Shelley and also to her Mom (my dear friend) Catherine (Cat). God bless you both and the entire family now and in the years to come. Sam is resting in peace. God bless?
"Always remember Sam just a really cool dude when I was around him Id make my lil hoot soun and he would turn around and say ?calm down calm downmade me laugh everytime"
"Sam was a part of family. We always kidded him that he was the voice of reason when everyone else was acting crazy. When my husband was dying of cancer, Sam would come each day and sit with him. They'd tell fishing tales and watch the boats on the intercoastal. Sam was devastated when he passed. Sam was an old soul and we loved him unconditionally. Rest in peace Sam Bam. I know I'll see you again,
"Our family had the pleasure of knowing Sam for the last 15 years. Always a character...probably the best story teller hands down. He could make me laugh even while i was crying. Thank God he found Michelle and spent his last 5 years the happiest I'd ever known him to be."
"Sam and Michele were my neighbors. I immediately took to them. Always so friendly and helpful! Sam helped me with anything that needed to be done. He was a one of a kind guy. It was an honor to know him. Prayers go out to his family and friends."