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  Death: November 16, 2012

Survived By
  Nadine Samuels, Mother
  Ruth D. Nesmith, Stepmother
  Regina L. Nesmith, Sister
  Mattie S. Crafton (Ronald), Sister
  Barbara S. Nesmith (Linwood), Sister
  Florence S. McAffee (Michael), Sister
  Francina Washington, Sister
  Lottie (Kenny), Sister
  Michael Samuels, Brother
  Edison Samuels (Sharon), Brother
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Roosevelt D. Samuels
November 16, 2012
Mr. Roosevelt D. Samuels departed this life on Friday, November 16, 2012.  He was born August 16, 1949, the son of the late Mrs. Ellen Jean Cooper and the late Mr. Bones Nesmith. He was affectionately known as “Big Red” to many, “Junior” to some and “Ro” to others.

Roosevelt joined Friendship United Methodist Church at an early age. He received his education in the public schools of Williamsburg County.  He graduated from Battery Park High School in 1967.

Roosevelt grew up in a special family with many who loved, nurtured and supported him.  He was reared by his mother, the late Ellen Jean Cooper, great-grandmother, the late Mrs. Mary E. Nesmith, uncle, the late George L.J. Samuels, and aunt, Mrs. Nadine Samuels. Roosevelt later joined his father, the late Bones Nesmith and stepmother, Mrs. Ruth Dicks Nesmith in Philadelphia, P.A.

Roosevelt lived in Philadelphia, PA for more than 40 years. While in Philadelphia PA, he joined Mt. Pisgah A.M.E Church where he served his Church and community faithfully. He was a member of the Trustee Board and a very active member of the Men’s Auxiliary.

Roosevelt was employed by Consolidated Dressed Beef, Bona Crusso Meat Company, Frank’s and Canada Dry Beverage Companies, all of Philadelphia, PA.  He later worked and retired from the International Longshoreman’s Association, Local 1291 of Camden, New Jersey.

On June 30, 2012, Roosevelt returned home to Nesmith, South Carolina, and immediately re-established himself in his church and community.  He loved being back home. He enjoyed the peace and quiet and the fellowship of many friends and family. He celebrated his return home with a “Welcome Back Home” party on September 29, 2012. Roosevelt even made his debut to celebrity status when he participated in the filming of an episode for the Food Network featuring Scott’s Bar-b-que.

He was predeceased by two brothers Willie James Cooper, Sr., and Marvin Cooper of Plainville, CT; three sisters, Lisa B. Nesmith, Everlena Brown and Daisy Wilson all of Philadelphia, PA.

Roosevelt leaves to cherish his memories: a dedicated stepmother, Mrs. Ruth D. Nesmith; a loyal aunt, Mrs. Nadine Samuels who raised him as her own; three sisters, Regina L. Nesmith of Nesmith, SC, Francena Washington and Lottie Abernathy (Kenneth) both of Philadelphia, PA; Mattie Samuels-Crafton (Ronald) of Bensalem, PA,  Dr. Barbara S. Nesmith (Linwood) of Pawley's Island, SC and Florence S. McAffee (Michael)  of Lithonia, GA; two brothers, Michael Samuels, of Jonesboro, GA; Edison Samuels (Sharon) of Nesmith, SC; a loyal brother-in-law, Johnny Wilson of Philadelphia, PA; aunts, Mattie Lue Morris (Charles) of Nesmith, SC; Rosa Lee Trueheart of Richmond, VA; Letha Mae Walker of Miami, FL; Ava Duncan (Garnet) of New York, NY; Patricia Nesmith of Nesmith, SC; uncles, Harper Nesmith (Edith) of New York, NY; Henry Alston (Mattie) of Brooklyn, NY; John C. Alston (Aletha) of Freeport, NY; Henry Frank Nesmith (Hallie) of Kingstree, SC; George Nesmith (Jennifer) of Philadelphia, PA; a devoted niece, Tonya Johnson; a god daughter, Alexis Wilson; a special adopted grandson, Derrick McCann; a lifelong friend, Mary E. Pressley; along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Funeral Service

Friday November 23, 2012, 11:00 A.M . at Friendship United Methodist Church
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