Samuel A. Rodriguez, Sr. of Newport News, met his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the age of 70. He was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico on February 11, 1947 to Luis Rodriguez and Jenny (Jennie) Hernandez Rodriguez and was raised in Brooklyn, New York.
Sam served as a heavy vehicle driver in the U.S. Army for 2 years, stationed at Ft. Eustis and received an Honorable Discharge with a National Defense Service medal and Sharpshooter Badge (M-14 rifle). He attended 2 years of college at Thomas Nelson Community College and retired from Dominion Virginia Power, after 17 years as a Power Plant Operator.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Michael Rodriguez.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 24 years, Phyllis and his close friend and caregiver, Linda Shaw. He is also survived by his children, Denise Rodriguez Vereen, Samuel A. Rodriguez, Jr., Dina Rodriguez, Roxanna Rodriguez and James Lang; his grandchildren, Stephen A. Rivas and Grace and Olivia Lang; his great-grandchild, Nyla A. Rivas; sisters, Maria Perez and Nilda Hollkamp; brothers, Jose, Luis and Orlando Rodriguez and many other relatives and friends because Sam never knew a stranger.
A Celebration of his Life will be conducted Friday, October 27, 2017 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Altmeyer Funeral Home-Denbigh Chapel, 12893 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, 23608 followed by interment at 1 p.m. in Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk. A reception will follow at the home of James and Melissa Lang.
Date: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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