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July 4, 1943 ~ February 3, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Samuel Derry was born July 4, 1943 to Ethel Derry and the late George Derry in Somers Point, New Jersey. He was the fourth child of 10 children. One brother, Leonard Derry preceded him in death.
Samuel was educated in the Philadelphia Public School system.
He was well known throughout North Philadelphia bartending at several establishments. He worked several years in construction at Henkels & McCoy and Danella. He also was an independent contractor with the Philadelphia Electric Company. After retiring from Henkels & McCoy, Sam worked part time for Southwest Nu-Stop Rehabilitation as a driver and had many other duties.
Samuel was united in Holy Matrimony to Dianne Pelzer in 1979. From that union they were blessed with a baby girl, Tashia. Samuel also had two sons, Samuel (aka Champ) and Marc.
Later in life he become a member of the Southern Baptist Church where he accepted the Lord as his personal savior and served as a trustee.
Sam loved his family and had a special bond with his mother Ethel. He enjoyed taking his mother shopping and taking long trips to visit family. He also has a special bond with his daughter Tashia. One of the happiest moments of Sam’s life is when he walked his baby girl down the aisle to get married. Sam enjoyed old school music such as the O’Jays, the Whispers and Steely Dan just to name a few. One of his favorite songs was “Stairway to Heaven” by the O’Jays. He also had an affection for cars in which he named a few. He liked his cars to shine and was also skillful in repairing them as well. He loved all sports but was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. Sam had all the team swag you can name.
He leaves to cherish his precious memories: two sons, Samuel Taggert and Marc Price; one daughter Tashia Lanier (Kinyon); mother Ethel Derry; Seven Brothers Charles Miller, Ronald Derry, Bishop Michael A. Rush, Jr. (Paulette), Robert Rush (Nikki), Terrance (aka Super B.) Rush, Kenneth McDonald (Terry), Craig McDonald; One Sister, Ethel Rogers; Two grandchildren, Kindall Lanier and Kinyon Lanier, Jr.; a special niece Terri Rush, and a host of nieces and nephews that he loved dearly, family and friends.