Samuel Stephen Batson Sr, 57, crossed over on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at his home in Galestown, MD. Sam was born December 19, 1957 and was the son of the late Henrietta Trott Batson and the late Sidney Fernandez Batson.\n \n\n Sam found and married the second love of his life, Linette Hopkins, in the past year after the demised of his first love, the mother of his children. During this relationship they shared many happy moments in church, traveling, and just building a life of love. Samuel and Linette enjoyed going to the water, especially the Lewes and Oxford Ferry. Weekends were spent just enjoying each other and sometimes going to Car Shows. They pledged and dedicated their love with every waking moment. When he was in the hospital she stayed there as long as it took. This was a given any time he was hospitalized. Linette was there to oversee the caregivers. They were one.\n \n\n Sam received his education in the public school system of Dorchester County at North Dorchester. As he matured, his gift was apparent that it was dealing with people. He never met a stranger. He always managed to keep a smile showing his devilish dimples, letting people know that they were important to him. There were no lives that he did not make a difference in. He knew Christ for himself and when he rededicated his life to Christ, he took it very seriously by going to Mt. Hope United Methodist Church first then going to Greater Hope to double his praise.\n \n\n As a child he was baptized. He felt a need to rededicate his faith and was submerged in water. His faith continued to grow in the right direction. Under the pastorate of Pastor Peggy Briggs he joined church as a gesture to reaffirm his walk with God. He continued his praise and worship with his wife at Greater Hope under the pastorate of Bishop Dane Coleman. Sam also sang with the Voices of Hope of Finchville. He was a soloist for the Breath of Fresh Air, Denton. One of his favorite hobbies is the Eastern Shore Association of Mustangs. The current members are Ryan Brown, Mike Robinson, Troy Harris, Thomas Palmer, Sandra Caldwell, and Norwood Caldwell.\n \n\n Often you could find Sam with a big smile going about his daily routines. One of his favorite hobbies was with the Mustang Club. He was employed one time at Cadmus in Easton and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford as security. He made such an impact on all who took the time to know him. Allowing the employees to cross safely he always made sure that you were recognized. His good friend Anthony always found it a pleasure to work with him because he always said they were a team.\n \n\n In addition to his wife, Linette, he is survived by three sons; Sam Jr of Goldsboro, Cornez of Federalsburg, and Stevie of Centreville; four brothers: Robert (Joyce), Dwight (Jeanette), Fernandez (Valerie), Malcom; two sisters: Katrena (David), and Tanya; six grandchildren: Mekhi Batson, Samirah Batson, Amari Gatewood, Sanai Batson, Saa’Bria Batson and Milania Marshall-Batson; father and mother-in-law, Linwood and Sara Hopkins of Preston; two aunts: Oretha Batson of Cokesbury and Elizabeth Whiting of Washington DC; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends who enjoyed being in his company.