Sammy Stephen Runge obituary photo
 
In Memory of

Sammy Stephen Runge

April 15, 1943 - September 13, 2017

Obituary


A wonderful son, father, grandfather and friend left the world he loved on Wednesday. But he also left a permanent mark on all he touched with his grace, smile and everlasting love. Sam was born to Gus and Ernestine Runge in Winston-Salem, NC on April 15, 1943. His parents were, even in death, his guiding light. Our hope is that they are now eternally reunited and that he has found the peace and comfort of the Lord he worshipped his entire life. There were a lot of highlights in his 74 years. A UNC graduate...

A wonderful son, father, grandfather and friend left the world he loved on Wednesday. But he also left a permanent mark on all he touched with his grace, smile and everlasting love. Sam was born to Gus and Ernestine Runge in Winston-Salem, NC on April 15, 1943. His parents were, even in death, his guiding light. Our hope is that they are now eternally reunited and that he has found the peace and comfort of the Lord he worshipped his entire life. There were a lot of highlights in his 74 years. A UNC graduate and lover of all things Carolina Blue, he had a wonderful career in purchasing with Hanes Corporation and ended it caring for special needs adults. He loved history, telling stories, reading and his country. Sam will forever remain in the hearts of all those he touched. His two sons, Chris and Spencer. His daughter in law, Marilee Runge and son in law, Randy Raines, all of Advance. His beloved grandchildren Melissa (Mooresville), Hannah (Wilmington), Mollie, Zac and Jake of Advance. Brother and wife, Tommy and Bunny Runge of Chapin, SC. His former wife and her husband Linda and Phil Wooten of Winston-Salem. Also his beloved Aunt Dot and Cousin Mary and the entire McCune Family. Two sons not by birth, but love and a deep bond, Chad Culbertson (Belews Creek) and Dannie Shuler (Mebane). He had countless friends that he cherished and he truly lived by the commandment, "Love thy neighbor as thyself." Mortals are often left with deep regrets at the passing of those we love. We have only one. His hope was a gathering with all of his grandchildren around a tub of homemade ice cream with all the fixings. We shall have that gathering and raise a bowl of homemade strawberry in his honor. A graveside service will be Saturday, September 23rd at 1pm at Waughtown Cemetery, 1802 Waughtown St. In lieu of flowers or memorials, go hug those you love and make a big batch of ice cream in honor of Sam. Lift a bowl to a life that mattered. Well done, good and faithful servant.