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home : obituaries : obituaries August 19, 2019

Harley Funeral Home

The Bayberry Inn

Parker White Pruitt Funeral

7/25/2019 12:15:00 PM
Sam Leaman Jr.

Samuel Madden “Sam” Leaman, Jr., 81, husband of Dorothy Reed “Dot” Leaman, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Hospice House.

Born in Greenwood, December 7, 1937, he was a son of the late Samuel Madden and Helen Griffin Leaman of Cross Hill, SC.  He graduated from Clinton High School in 1955 and attended Clemson University and the University of North Carolina. He worked most of his career with Parke-Davis and Professional Medical Products in the Industrial Engineering Department, ultimately retiring from Covidien after more than 35 years.

Sam was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church and the Fellowship Sunday School Class.  He was also a member of the Greenwood Sertoma Club, the Greenwood Dance Club and the Breakfast Club.

Sam enjoyed spending time with family and friends, loved to laugh and never met a stranger. He was twice married, first to the late JoAnn Eakin Leaman. Sam was a loving and attentive husband to JoAnn for 45 years, caring for her until she passed away.   He married Dot in 2007, whose love, devotion and care brought him additional joy even as his illness progressed.

Surviving in addition to his wife of the home is one son, Samuel Madden Leaman, III and wife Lucia Hoefer Leaman of Greenwood; four grandchildren, Miriam Sadler Leaman, S. Madden Leaman, IV, Theodore Hoefer Leaman and Jackson Marshall Leaman, all of Greenwood, and numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to JoAnn, he was predeceased by a brother, James Edwin Leaman, and two sisters, Helen Miller Leaman Petit and Josephine Leaman DeBruhl.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Saturday at St. Mark United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Dan Smyth, Rev. Steve Brown and Dr. J. William Harris officiating.

Entombment will be in Oakbrook Memorial Park Chapel Mausoleum.

Pallbearers will be Madden Leaman, Theodore Leaman, Jackson Leaman, Ian Hawkins, Paul Koon, Jack DeBruhl and Louis DeBruhl.

Honorary escort will be members of the Fellowship Sunday School Class, the Greenwood Sertoma Club and the Breakfast Club along with the Bill Ellenberg family, Doug and Dale Smith, Catherine Rice, Greg Sorrow, Chuck Sorrow and Ron and Bobbie Matthews.

The family will receive friends at Blyth Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 Friday evening.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mark United Methodist Church Organ Fund, 550 Highway 72 Bypass NW, Greenwood, SC 29649 or Hospice House and Palliative Care of the Piedmont, 408 West Alexander Avenue, Greenwood, SC  29646.

For online condolences please visit

Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the Leaman family.

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