Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sam Wilson Witcher, Sr. (1918-2009)

My grandfather, Sam Witcher Sr., passed away December 24, 2009. He was 91. He was a remarkable man. He was a lifelong farmer (tobacco, dairy, beef cattle, hay), and in later years invested in real estate. He was a deacon at New Design United Pentecostal Church in Rocky Mount., as well as the treasurer and a member of the Trustee Board.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Bishop E.W. Witcher, and a daughter, Barbara Jean Witcher. He leaves to cherish his memories six daughters; Georgia Powell (Hilton), Darlene Swain (Joe), Flora Cobbs (Andrew), Helen Dodson (late husband Clyde), Lucy Swain (Claude), and Elsie Garnetta Witcher (special friend Michael), four sons; Sam Jr. (Zanny), Mearl (Carolyn), Elvis (Pamela), and Jeremiah (special friend Vanessa), 28 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren, cousins, and other relatives and friends.

He was a devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, son, nephew and friend to everyone who knew him.

We don’t know the cause of death and the funeral will be held December 30, 2009 at 11:00 AM at New Design..

Please pray for our family, as we are saddened by this loss.


  1. Sorry to hear of the loss of your grandfather. Your article on his life as a tobacco farmer was a gift to all of us who read it. Thanks.

  2. I am sorry about the loss your family suffered during the holidays. I would have attended the funeral but I had a prior appointment that I could not reschedule. My thoughts and prayers are with you.