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Susan Morris “Sam” Almond, 72, of Norwood died Sunday evening, September 29, 2019 after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia in the loving care of her family and Hospice of Greensboro.
Her funeral will be held Friday, October 4, 2019 at 2:00 at Memorial Baptist Church. Reverend Josh Phillips and Rev. Nathan Fox will officiate and interment will follow in Norview Gardens. The family will receive friends Thursday Evening from 6:30 until 8:30 at Edwards Funeral Home in Norwood.
She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde Davis “Shorty” Almond Jr. and a brother Buddy Morris. She is survived by her daughters Alyson Almond Boone (William) of Wake Forest and Amber Dow (David) of Greensboro, four grandchildren Delaney Dow, Davis Dow, Katelyn Boone and Grant Boone, a sister Sandy Hicks of Norwood and a sister-in-law Mary Ruth Bradley of Norwood, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.
Sam was born May 6, 1947 in Durham County to the late Robert “Spot” Morris and Mary Lee Thompson Morris. She was a longtime and faithful member of Memorial Baptist Church. She was a graduate of South Stanly High School and received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Baptist College of Charleston. While teaching English full time at Albemarle High School she earned a Masters Degree in English from UNC-Charlotte. She later earned a second Masters degree in School Counseling, also at UNC-Charlotte.
Sam had over 30 years of service in the Stanly County School System. Sam was also very active professionally and served as the president of the NC School Counseling Association as well as a board member. Sam was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society of key women educators. Always the teacher, she enjoyed teaching Sunday School, the Children’s Sermon and Vacation Bible School at Memorial Baptist Church.
Sam was passionate about helping others and volunteered many hours through Hospice, The Women's Job Corp, Operation Christmas Child and Memorial Baptist Church. Sam was an avid reader and many of the librarians in Norwood and Albemarle knew her by name and had a favorite author waiting for her. Sam was also a huge Duke basketball fan and rarely missed watching the games. Sam was a wonderful nurturer of plants, people and faith. If you have run into Sam in the last 18 years, you have surely heard her brag about her four beautiful grandchildren. She loved sharing books, Bible stories and kisses with them and attended many of their games, awards and events.
No matter the struggle or obstacle in Sam’s life she always had a deep and abiding faith and was an example to all who knew her of a good and faithful servant.
Memorials may me made to:
Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro
2500 Summit Ave, Greensboro, NC 27405
Hospice of Stanly and the Uwharries
960 North First St. Albemarle, NC 28001
Operation Christmas Child c/o Samaritans Purse.
PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607
Memorial Baptist Church 873 Pee Dee Avenue, Norwood NC 28128