Sam David Tootle

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Sam David Tootle
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Date of Birth: 
December 5 1933
Date of Death: 
May 31 2014

My uncle Sam David Tootle, Sr., of Savannah, Georgia passed away on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the age of 80. Sam was born in Mendes, Georgia to Foy Monroe Tootle and Lela Purvis Tootle. He married his sweetheart, Rose Marie Saraf, in Savannah, Georgia and with her raised their four children - David, Stephen, Elizbeth "Beth" and Angela.

Sam retired from American General Insurance Company in 1996 after a long career in insurance. He served in the United States Navy and was a communicant of St. James Catholic Church, where he served as lector and usher, and participated in the Men’s Club. He is best remembered by his family for his light-hearted spirit, his engaging smile and his endless supply of old sayings and life lessons.

Sam is preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Foy Monroe, Jr. “ F. M.”, Pat, Max, Ned, Virginia, Gwen and Sabra Ann. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rose Marie; his children David (Jacque), Stephen (Paula), Beth (Ike), and Angela; 16 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren, and his brother Jan, and many nieces and nephews. He was loved deeply and will be dearly missed.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. James the Less Catholic Church conducted by Father Mark J. Ross. Interment was in the Catholic Cemetery.

The first photo below is Uncle Sam and Aunt Rosie reliving memories of their 50 years of marriage. The second is June 1969 at Grandma Beecher's house at 311 Paradise Drive. Aunt Antoinette and Uncle Charlie were in town from Houston, Texas for Grandma's 58th birthday. Left to right back row: Philip Saraf, Charlie Kastensmidt, George Tabakian, Rosie Saraf Tootle, Phyllis Saraf Tabakian, (my mom) Mary Ann Saraf Fischer, Antoinette Saraf Kastensmidt, Iris Beecher. Left to right front row: Harold Beecher (squatting), Bogie Saraf (Antoine), Sam Tootle, Grandma Beecher, Nell Saraf. The third photo is from June 18, 2013. Back row left to right: Paula Tootle, Angela Tootle, Mary Ann Fischer, Beth Tootle New, David Tootle. Front: Rose Saraf Tootle and Sam Tootle.

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Place of Birth: 
Mendes, Georgia, United States
Place of Death: 
Savannah, Georgia, United States
Primary State of Residence: 
Savannah, Georgia, United States

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