The family of Samuel Henry Caughman sadly announces his passing on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020.

Born on Nov. 2, 1946, he grew up in Sumter and first attended Crosswell Drive Elementary. He was a member of Edmunds High School Class of 1965 but graduated early during his junior year with the Class of 1964. He was a member of his high school junior varsity basketball team, was in the May Court, worked on the Hi-News school paper, was in the Key Club and a part of the 1964 school play production. Sam was president of his sophomore class in 1963. After graduation, he attended the University of South Carolina for 3 years, Class of 1965. He majored in psychology and became a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. He was enlisted in the U.S. Army 1970-1973, serving in Vietnam and Germany. After returning to USC for a final degree, he had a successful 16-year career as a special education teacher at Saluda High School.

In retirement, he lived on the peaceful shores of Lake Murray. Also during his busy life, he was a Lowe's installer, prospected for gold out west, was a scuba diver, and managed two local nightclubs - one in Five Points and the other on Two Notch Road.

His surviving immediate family includes his 100-year-old mother, Martha Caughman of Sumter; and a brother, Lonnie Caughman and his wife, Jeannie Caughman, of Hopkins.

Sam was preceded in death by his father, Archie Lamar Caughman; and his beloved nephew, Casey Caughman.

A graveside service was held on Friday, Jan. 17, at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Columbia.

Memorials may be sent to Lebanon UMC, Eastover.

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