In memory of Samuel Washington, Sr.

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Samuel Lee Washington, Sr., the father of Estrellita “Lo” Berry and Marilyn Merida—long time USF College of Public Health members and community partners—passed away Tuesday, Sept., 27. “Sam” was born in Koenton, Ala. and has lived in Tampa, Fla. for more than 60 years. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Bertha, his son Samuel L. Washington, Jr., his two daughters, his three grandchildren, and his four great-grandchildren. 

Samuel  Washington, Sr.

Samuel Washington, Sr.

Early on, Mr. Washington started his own construction business, S & S Construction, which remained open until 2000.  He retired after 40 years in business.  Sam was a mentor and employer for young African-American men who were interested in the construction industry.  He was very influential to a lot of them who went on to open their own construction company.  “Poppy” was a family man who loved his wife, children, grandchildren and relatives with all of his heart.  He was adored and loved by many for his generosity, kindness and support.  His funeral was held, Saturday October 1 at New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Tampa, Fla. 

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