Sam Belin Jr., husband of the late Inez Session Belin, departed this life on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at his residence in Sumter. He was born on April 29, 1934, in Kingsburg, a son of the late Sam Belin Sr. and Victoria Ellis Belin. He was the oldest son of seven children.
Sam attended St. Mark High School and graduated on May 26, 1953. While serving in the United States Air Force, he continued his education with Community College of the Air Force, where he received an associate degree in applied science. On Dec. 5, 1957, Sam enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served his country for 28 years and one month. While serving, Sam served in administration as an administrative and reproductive manager. On Jan. 31, 1982, Sam retired from the Air Force. After years of service to the country and returning home, Sam became employed as a security officer with Palmetto Health Tuomey in Sumter and retired. On June 29, 1974, Sam married the love of his life, the late Inez Session Belin, and from that union they had two sons, Eric and Chris Belin. In his early years, he became a member of St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church in Kingsburg. He was an active Christian throughout his life. A cherished member of Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, he was an avid churchgoer who loved his church. Sam served on several organizations with the church as a steward, member of the Sons of Allen and member of the Allen Chapel Men's Choir. He also served 50 years as a Mason and as an adjunct of American Legion Post 202.
Surviving are three sons, Darryl Belin Sr. of Detroit, Dr. Eric Jawaski Belin (Loredana) of Chicago and Chris Timeaus Belin of Norfolk, Virginia; siblings, Louis Belin, Sadie Belin-Williams, Francis Martin and Robert Lee (Jennifer) Belin, all of Detroit; six grandchildren, Darryl Belin Jr., Daunte Belin, Dylan Belin, Beatrice Belin and Diamond Belin, all of Detriot; two spiritual daughters, Sonya McElveen-Singleton and Christina Williams, both of Sumter; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, friends and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by two siblings, Rosa Lee Belin Parker and Larry Belin; and one grandson, Eric Christian Belin.
Public viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Job's Mortuary Inc.
Mr. Belin will be placed in the church at 9 a.m. on Saturday for viewing until the hour of service.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Allen Chapel AME Church with the pastor, the Rev. Dr. George E. Hicks, officiating and assisted by the Rev. Harold O. Wilson. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the home, 2306 Primrose Court, Sumter, SC 29150.
Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.