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Celebrating the life of
Samuel Zemurray, III
Passed away on October 06, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Funeral Service
  • 11:00am - Friday, October 12, 2018
  • St. John's Church
  • 1 West Macon Street (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31401

  • 232-1251
  • Reception to follow funeral service
  • - Friday, October 12, 2018
  • Green Meldrim House
  • 14 West Macon Street (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31401

  • 912-233-3845
  • Burial will be private.
  • - Friday, October 12, 2018

Was so very sorry to hear from Mr. Charles Smith of the passing of Mr. Sam. He was a very positive roll model and caring individual for all the Polled Hereford youth. He was a shining light in the GA Polled Hereford Association and was always helping the youth in the Junior Association. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our condolences goes out to you and your family.

Almon & Esther Poss, Harlem, GA

So sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. He was such a good friend of Dad and treated us like family. Rest In Peace Sam

Michael & Beth Towers, Decatur , GA

We have fond memories of the love and kindness Sam showed my parents, Lew and Kaye Towers, and the rest of our family. He was a man of peace . . . a true gentleman. May God comfort you, Pat. And may Sam Rest In Peace.

Dan and Judy Towers, West Des Moines, IA

Gordon and I send our thoughts and prayers. Pat, we will always remember with fondness this special and dear Gentemann .

Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Galr, Bluffton, SC

"Mr. Sam" has been a longtime friend of our family, and we will miss him greatly. He was a tireless supporter of the Registered Polled Hereford herd that my Dad worked to develop at Bethesda Home for Boys between 1988 and 2008. He was generous with his time, resources, and connections throughout the state and country. He was also kind and supportive - especially in crisis. When my Mom (Sally) was critically injured in a 1984 car accident, Sam was there. When we suffered hurricane damage or other natural disasters at Bethesda, Sam was there. When my Dad (Bill) was at the end of a year long battle with cancer in 2017, Sam was there. He made a lasting impression on the Savannah and Effingham communities, and he will be missed. Our prayers are with Ms. Pat and the rest of his family at this time. Bill McIlrath, Jr. (for the McIlrath family)

Bill McIlrath, Jr., Savannah, GA

So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and be with you during your sorrow.

Juanita & Dean Alford, Marietta, GA

So sorry for your loss , may GOD comfort you during this time of sorrow .

Robbie Walker Family , Guyton, Ga.

Cousin Sam was a very warm and giving member of our extended family. I remember well his attendance at my parents 40th wedding anniversary celebration in 1985 when he flew across the country to attend. And also remember my parents stories of his generous hospitality at Honey Ridge when they went to visit him. My wife and I were able to visit him in about 2004, he was a most gracious host. He took us on a tour of Honey Ridge Plantation, and later introduced us to a great culinary favorite of his, "she-crab soup", which was delicious. And he also wryly told us of the saying in Georgia that "It doesn't matter whether you are going to Heaven or Hell, you still have to go through Atlanta". A man with a good sense of humor as well as a great sense of what is important in life. We'll miss him greatly. Joe and Dru West, Petaluma, CA

Joe West, Petaluma, CA

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Sam's passing. He will truly be missed. I appreciate all of his contributions to the Georgia Hereford Association and the polled Hereford breeders. He was a greater supporter of youth. Pat, my heart goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Diann Strickland and Family, Mershon, Georgia

Sam was like a brother to me.

Germaine Lanaix, Chestertown, MD

So very sorry and sad to hear of Sam's passing. It was an honor to be acquainted with him through his volunteer work in Effingham County. I will always remember his kind spirit, his generosity and his concern for others. He left a legacy in our community from which so many will benefit. He will truly be missed but always remembered.

Bonnie Dixon, Guyton, GA

I have fond memories of Sam and his time on the waterfront in Savannah. Sam was one of the finest people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and was a true Southern gentleman. RIP Sam..

Jack Fitzgerald, Savannah, GA

I’m very sorry to hear of Sam’s passing...when he first moved to Savannah he lived in my mothers garage apartment on 45th street...and as I was then living with my mother, Samand I became acquainted....he was a true gentleman, a man of great generosity and will be missed....Charlie Ellis

Charlie Ellis, Savannah,

Our Heavenly Father the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time in your life there is always hope Jesus knew that he was going to resurrect his dear friend Lazarus, yet he felt the painful sting of sorrow and he was moved to tears John 11: 35 at Acts 24:15 both the righteous and the unrighteous will be resurrected to life again on a paradise earth,

MGF, Savannah, Ga

Sam has been a loving and kind cousin to so many of us. He had the courage to follow his dream of starting his own Polled Hereford breeding farm. He set a wonderful example in Effingham County by treating his workers like family. With Pat by his side, Sam always opened his home and heart to friends and family. We will miss him very much.

Peg and Geza Serenyi, North Potomac , MD

May The God of comfort who comforts us in all our trials be with the The Zemurray Family during this time of great sorrow., and remember God’s promise that, “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out,” (2Cor, 1:3) (John 5:28&29)

Jacqueline , Loganville , Ga

From the day that I met "Mr. Sam" I knew he was a special person. His love for people and his love for his cattle was evident. Even when his health began to fail, he was still working to see Hereford cattle be at the front. He is a giant that will be missed. i feel that I am a better Hereford breeder because of my friendship with him.

Randy, Charlene, Karen, and Hannah Roberts, Douglas, GA

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 where Jehovah God promises to do away with death forever. We look forward to this beautiful hope in the near future. For more information and encouragement please visit jw.org.

Niecy, www.jw.org,

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 where Jehovah God promises to do away with death forever. We look forward to this beautiful hope in the near future. For more information and encouragement please visit jw.org.

Niecy, www.jw.org,

Sam was light where there was shadow. love where there was enmity, truth where there was flaw, honor where there was defect. He was a gracious man who had a gift of preternatural empathy for those less blessed than himself.

Martin Lanaux, Fairhope, AL

My sincere condolences to the family, sorry for your loss. During these difficult times its always good to look into God's word the Bible for comfort. Isaiah chapter 25 verse 8 tells us that soon death will be done away with for good, that will be a joyous time.

Kay F, Savannah, Ga

Mr Sam was an incredible man. He was one of the kindest, smartest people I’ve ever been around. A true bright light in the world has gone out...I wish you Godspeed Mr Sam and praying for peace for your family. Scott Sell

Scott Sell, Sylvania GA,

Samuel Zemurray III passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah on Saturday, October 6, 2018. He was a native of New Orleans and was a graduate of the Webb School in California and Tulane University. His interest in shipping brought him to Savannah in the early 70’s. While in Savannah his childhood love of farming quickly resurfaced and he established himself as a leader within the Effingham County community by purchasing historic Honey Ridge Plantation and began restoring the 310 acre property. He developed one of the most prestigious Polled Hereford cattle operations in the State and pioneered the use of invitro fertilization in calving operations and was named to the Georgia Hereford Hall of Fame in 2016. He was past President of the Georgia Hereford Association and a former member of National Committee of Vision 2000 and established scholarships to further the education of Effingham County graduates interested in pursuing agriculture-related fields of study and careers. He devoted his time and talents to strengthening the initiatives put forth by the Georgia 4H and Effingham County Future Farmers of America Chapter since 1978. In 2016, he transferred Honey Ridge Plantation and cattle to the Effingham County Board of Education to provide students with meaningful opportunities to engage on farming activities. His generosity was present throughout the community and was a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Bethesda Home for Boys. In 2018, Governor Nathan Deal awarded him the John Adam Treutlen Award for his contributions to the local community. He was an ardent supporter of the Georgia Conservancy, The New Ebenezer Trust, Habitat for Humanity and other charities.

He was a member of St. Johns Church and he is survived by his wife Patricia Watson Zemurray, and his brother Gaston Louis Lanaux III. He was predeceased by his sister Anne Zemurray Hammett.

The Burial Office for Samuel Zemurray III will be 11:00 a.m. on FRIDAY, October 12th at St. Johns Church, 1 West Macon Street, Savannah, Georgia, with Fr. Craig O’Brien and Fr. Gavin Dunbar officiating. A reception will be held immediately following in the Green Meldrim House. There will be a private burial for family after the reception.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Humane Society of Greater Savannah or St. John’s Church.

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Was so very sorry to hear from Mr. Charles Smith of the passing of Mr. Sam. He was a very positive roll model and caring individual for all the Polled Hereford youth. He was a shining light in the GA Polled Hereford Association and was always helping the youth in the Junior Association. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our condolences goes out to you and your family.

Almon & Esther Poss, Harlem, GA

So sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. He was such a good friend of Dad and treated us like family. Rest In Peace Sam

Michael & Beth Towers, Decatur , GA

We have fond memories of the love and kindness Sam showed my parents, Lew and Kaye Towers, and the rest of our family. He was a man of peace . . . a true gentleman. May God comfort you, Pat. And may Sam Rest In Peace.

Dan and Judy Towers, West Des Moines, IA

Gordon and I send our thoughts and prayers. Pat, we will always remember with fondness this special and dear Gentemann .

Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Galr, Bluffton, SC

"Mr. Sam" has been a longtime friend of our family, and we will miss him greatly. He was a tireless supporter of the Registered Polled Hereford herd that my Dad worked to develop at Bethesda Home for Boys between 1988 and 2008. He was generous with his time, resources, and connections throughout the state and country. He was also kind and supportive - especially in crisis. When my Mom (Sally) was critically injured in a 1984 car accident, Sam was there. When we suffered hurricane damage or other natural disasters at Bethesda, Sam was there. When my Dad (Bill) was at the end of a year long battle with cancer in 2017, Sam was there. He made a lasting impression on the Savannah and Effingham communities, and he will be missed. Our prayers are with Ms. Pat and the rest of his family at this time. Bill McIlrath, Jr. (for the McIlrath family)

Bill McIlrath, Jr., Savannah, GA

So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and be with you during your sorrow.

Juanita & Dean Alford, Marietta, GA

So sorry for your loss , may GOD comfort you during this time of sorrow .

Robbie Walker Family , Guyton, Ga.

Cousin Sam was a very warm and giving member of our extended family. I remember well his attendance at my parents 40th wedding anniversary celebration in 1985 when he flew across the country to attend. And also remember my parents stories of his generous hospitality at Honey Ridge when they went to visit him. My wife and I were able to visit him in about 2004, he was a most gracious host. He took us on a tour of Honey Ridge Plantation, and later introduced us to a great culinary favorite of his, "she-crab soup", which was delicious. And he also wryly told us of the saying in Georgia that "It doesn't matter whether you are going to Heaven or Hell, you still have to go through Atlanta". A man with a good sense of humor as well as a great sense of what is important in life. We'll miss him greatly. Joe and Dru West, Petaluma, CA

Joe West, Petaluma, CA

Candle tribute lit by Dru and Joe West — California

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Sam's passing. He will truly be missed. I appreciate all of his contributions to the Georgia Hereford Association and the polled Hereford breeders. He was a greater supporter of youth. Pat, my heart goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Diann Strickland and Family, Mershon, Georgia

Sam was like a brother to me.

Germaine Lanaix, Chestertown, MD

So very sorry and sad to hear of Sam's passing. It was an honor to be acquainted with him through his volunteer work in Effingham County. I will always remember his kind spirit, his generosity and his concern for others. He left a legacy in our community from which so many will benefit. He will truly be missed but always remembered.

Bonnie Dixon, Guyton, GA

I have fond memories of Sam and his time on the waterfront in Savannah. Sam was one of the finest people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and was a true Southern gentleman. RIP Sam..

Jack Fitzgerald, Savannah, GA

I’m very sorry to hear of Sam’s passing...when he first moved to Savannah he lived in my mothers garage apartment on 45th street...and as I was then living with my mother, Samand I became acquainted....he was a true gentleman, a man of great generosity and will be missed....Charlie Ellis

Charlie Ellis, Savannah,

Our Heavenly Father the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time in your life there is always hope Jesus knew that he was going to resurrect his dear friend Lazarus, yet he felt the painful sting of sorrow and he was moved to tears John 11: 35 at Acts 24:15 both the righteous and the unrighteous will be resurrected to life again on a paradise earth,

MGF, Savannah, Ga

Sam has been a loving and kind cousin to so many of us. He had the courage to follow his dream of starting his own Polled Hereford breeding farm. He set a wonderful example in Effingham County by treating his workers like family. With Pat by his side, Sam always opened his home and heart to friends and family. We will miss him very much.

Peg and Geza Serenyi, North Potomac , MD

May The God of comfort who comforts us in all our trials be with the The Zemurray Family during this time of great sorrow., and remember God’s promise that, “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out,” (2Cor, 1:3) (John 5:28&29)

Jacqueline , Loganville , Ga

From the day that I met "Mr. Sam" I knew he was a special person. His love for people and his love for his cattle was evident. Even when his health began to fail, he was still working to see Hereford cattle be at the front. He is a giant that will be missed. i feel that I am a better Hereford breeder because of my friendship with him.

Randy, Charlene, Karen, and Hannah Roberts, Douglas, GA

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 where Jehovah God promises to do away with death forever. We look forward to this beautiful hope in the near future. For more information and encouragement please visit jw.org.

Niecy, www.jw.org,

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 where Jehovah God promises to do away with death forever. We look forward to this beautiful hope in the near future. For more information and encouragement please visit jw.org.

Niecy, www.jw.org,

Sam was light where there was shadow. love where there was enmity, truth where there was flaw, honor where there was defect. He was a gracious man who had a gift of preternatural empathy for those less blessed than himself.

Martin Lanaux, Fairhope, AL

Candle tribute lit by Zemurray Park, Loranger, LA — Louisiana

My sincere condolences to the family, sorry for your loss. During these difficult times its always good to look into God's word the Bible for comfort. Isaiah chapter 25 verse 8 tells us that soon death will be done away with for good, that will be a joyous time.

Kay F, Savannah, Ga

Mr Sam was an incredible man. He was one of the kindest, smartest people I’ve ever been around. A true bright light in the world has gone out...I wish you Godspeed Mr Sam and praying for peace for your family. Scott Sell

Scott Sell, Sylvania GA,


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