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Thomas Sampson "Sam" Royster, Jr

  Thomas Sampson

Thomas Sampson "Sam" Royster, Jr

Date of Service: Monday, December 28, 2020

Time of Service: 2:00 PM

OXFORD-Thomas Sampson "Sam" Royster, 83, a lifelong resident of Oxford, passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2020. He was a native of Granville County and was the son of the late Thomas Sampson Royster, Sr. and Katherine Watkins Royster. Sam graduated from Wake Forest University in 1959 and Wake Forest School of Law in 1961. While attending Wake Forest University he married Pattillo Ramseur Royster in 1960. After graduating from Wake Forest University, Sam was commissioned in the United States Army. He was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and during his term he earned the rank of Captain. After his discharge, he returned to Oxford to join the family law firm which was established in the 1800’s. He was a certified specialist in estate planning and fiduciary law. Sam later became interested in land development and established JRS Farms, which later became Tarheel Land Company. He was engaged in organizations to benefit our state and the local community. Sam served on the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission during the Martin Administration. In 1992 Governor James Martin honored him with The Order of The Long Leaf Pine. He served on the board of the Granville Affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. He enjoyed many hobbies throughout his life including golf, bird hunting, and fishing. Sam loved family beach trips and shared his fondness for surf fishing with his children and grandchildren. He was a self-taught furniture craftsman and his family members proudly display his pieces in their homes. He also enjoyed repairing classic British automobiles and accomplished three MG restorations over the years. He had a charismatic personality and often hosted lively gatherings for his children, family, and his friends. Sam was a member of the Oxford Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher. He also served on the board of the Vance-Granville Community College. He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Pat Royster; son Charlie; daughter, Anna Barkley (Cab); sister Katherine Ewing; grandchildren, Tyler Royster, Laura Barkley, and Elizabeth Barkley. A private memorial service was held Monday, December 28, 2020 at Oxford Baptist by the Rev. Christopher R. Aho. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Granville Affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, 3737 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 460, Raleigh, NC 27612, nccommunityfoundation.org., or Oxford Baptist Church, PO Box 398, Oxford, NC 27565, oxfordbaptistnc.org.

Date of Death: Thursday, December 24, 2020

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