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Vascoe Samuel Spilliards Jr., 77, of Wilmington Island, passed away peacefully Friday evening with his sons at his bedside.

Known as Sammy to his friends and family, he was a Savannah native and a 1961 graduate of Groves High School. Sam  served in the U.S. Coast Guard and then worked as a general contractor in the greater Savannah community. Up until his passing he worked throughout the low country as a licensed real estate appraiser and was also a member of the Wilmington Island United Methodist Church.

Sam would never retire, always had things to do and goals to accomplish. He thoroughly enjoyed his grandchildren, and was a true friend of few but those who knew him could count on him.  He will be missed by friends and family.

Sam is preceded in death by his father, Vascoe Samuel, and mother, Elizabeth Helmy.

He is survived by his sons, Troy, Timothy, and Todd, who blessed him with seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; his older brother, Leon Spilliards of Hiram, Georgia; and niece, Heather Spilliards Edwards of Marietta, Georgia.

With concern for the health and safety of family and friends, a memorial service is not planned at this time.

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  1. Randy & Helen Collins says:

    We’re saddened to hear about Sammy’s passing. We remember the many good times on the ball fields, in your pool, and Sammy’s kind heart. Yes he could be difficult, stubborn and pig-headed, but he would give one in need the shirt off his back. He was fiercely proud of his boys. RIP Sammy.

    We send our love & condolences.

    Randy & Helen Collins

  2. Anita Harrelson says:

    The crossing of our paths was too brief, but oh so delightful! I will never forget the hours on the phone, talking through those online continuing education modules (that you thought you HAD to make a 100 on…haha) or the new Zoom meetings…..but even through the frustration, aggravation and many verbal complaints you conquered it!! So glad that my path crossed yours my determined…sweet….friend! You will be missed!!

    “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die” Thomas Campbell

    My sympathy and prayers.

    Anita Harrelson

  3. Michael W.Courtney says:

    Met Sam about 30+/- years ago.Took all real estate appraisal classes and continuing ed classes together every 2 years.Talked with him at least eat least every couple of weeks at minimum.He was a great friend that always had your back and he knew I always had his.He will be greatly missed by me and my family.Rest in peace my good friend and I’ll see you on the other side.

  4. Marvin Spilliards says:

    So sorry to hear about Sammy. Our prayers are with his family

  5. Harriet McDonald Hartley says:

    Our sympathy to Sammy’s family. Sammy was a fellow graduate and friend.

    Grove High School Class of 1961
    Reunion Committee

  6. Leon SPILLIARDS says:

    I miss him already we spoke often

  7. Larry & Nancy Mitchell says:

    We just learned today of Sammy’s passing. I was friends with Sammy for more than 50 years. We were friends after high school and then we worked together in the life insurance business. He was a good friend and a talented man. Never met a stranger.
    We send our sympathy to call of this family and friends.
    Larry and Nancy Mitchell

  8. Donna Lasco says:

    I believe this is the Sam that was the kindest gentleman we ever have known. We are from CT, and every year (sometimes twice per year ) we would travel to Sea Pines in Hilton Head. My family had no where to store our chairs and umbrella’s and Sam out of the goodness of his heart would meet us, take our chairs and umbrella’s and store them until our next visit. I called him to check on him during COVID because I knew of his COP diagnosis and I was concerned for his health. We had such a wonderful conversation that I will always hold dear to my heart. When I called his phone recently to let him know we were heading down in August his home phone was disconnected as well as his cell phone and my heart sank. He was such a kind, thoughtful gentleman who would go out of his way for anyone. Our prayers are with his family. We will always remember what a wonderful man he was.

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