Samuel McCants

Samuel McCants

Saturday, October 31st, 1931 - Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
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“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
2 Timothy 4:8

Samuel James McCants, born in Hybart, Alabama on October 31, 1931, to the union of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Wesley and Susie Jane Packer McCants. He along with his siblings were raised in the church and loved serving the Lord. He confessed Christ at an early age and was baptized at the Pine Flat Baptist Church of Hybart, Alabama.

He was educated in the public schools of Monroe County - Monroe County Training School. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Army Reserves at the age of 22. While serving in the Army he received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. The Army took him far away from the small town of Monroe County, he traveled to Paris, France and Rome, Italy before ending his tour of duty in Fort Jackson, SC. After being discharged from the service, he relocated to Mobile, Alabama to begin his life as a civilian. He was a dedicated and hard worker and held two jobs for many years. He worked for Barron Steal, Dixie Trucking and Mobile Transit Authority (MTA), retiring from (MTA) after over 35 years of service as an auto mechanic.

God was always first in his life. He was a faithful member of Bay Ridge Baptist Church, Daphne, Alabama, where he was a member of the choir, Sunday school, and the building fund committee. He later joined the fellowship at Hope Chapel A.M.E Zion church, where he was active in the choir and Sunday school. People who knew him best, knew he was a quite spirit and loved to sing praises to our Lord. He loved to sit and reminisce about old times; he was able to recall the smallest of details about events that happened throughout his lifetime. He loved to garden and spend time with family and friends. He loved to celebrate his birthday and was thankful for each passing year.

In addition to his parents, he was also proceeded in death by his wife, the late Thelma Ellis McCants, son, Michael Ellis and grandson, Wesley Ellis. siblings Johnny, Ephraim, Roscoe, Paul, O. T., Walter and Woodrow McCants, Elfreda Jenkins, Bessie McCants, Mary York, Azilee Borden, Juanita Bee and Emma Lee McCants Powell. He entered eternal rest on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center surrounded by his family.

He leaves to cherish his memories, four devoted daughters Joyce Cook and Kimba (Demetrius) Drakeford of Mobile, Alabama, Carolyn Williams of Atlanta, Georgia and Heather (Charlie) Henderson of Hampton, Georgia; nine grandchildren: One devoted, Jeremy Ellis, Tejmantrilye (April) Ellis, Alexandria Sullivan, Jaylen Hackett, Madison Thomas all of Mobile, Alabama; Mia Ellis of Atlanta, Georgia, Dylan Hand and Myles Garrett of Hampton, Georgia; nine great-grandchildren; two devoted nephews Terence (Devra) Ellis and Timothy Wilson of Mobile, Alabama. A host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 16th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, August 16th, 2020 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Small's Mortuary - Mobile
    950 S. Broad Street
    Mobile, AL 36603
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  • Service

    Monday, August 17th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    Monday, August 17th, 2020 1:30pm
    Whispering Pines Cemetery
    4241 Lott Road
    Eight Mile, Alabama 36613
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Angela Mccants-shelly

Posted at 03:46pm
I loved to hear Uncle Sam talk about the good old days and about every highway he worked on. I am really going to miss my uncle. It has been a painful void to lose dad and the other siblings, but with him being the last sibling, it is a different Feeling of a void.
He loved to tell jokes, and would laugh harder than anyone else. During dad’s final days, he was calling out for his brother Sam to come sing with him, now they can sing those sweet melodies forever together. Love my family and praying for strength and peace for everyone.

Superior Court - Business Services Team

Posted at 03:07pm
Please accept our most heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Kesia Martin

Posted at 10:21am
My condolences go out to you, family.

My great Uncle Sam!
I’m going to miss meeting up with you at our family reunions, and seeing you at PineFlat MBC for the big meeting/homecoming, AND your birthdays.

It was always great hearing you tell your story about family! I hope to remember them all. I felt that you were my connection to all your siblings I had not met, including my grandmother (your sister), Elfreda. Thank you for loving your family like you showed.

I know your children and grandchildren will miss you dearly and I pray that they have comfort. I know that you’re in a place where you’ve reunited with all your siblings and cousins and with Momma and Papa.

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