The death is announced of the late Samuel Eton Emmons, who passed away the morning of Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in his sleep, at the home of his late Aunt Laura Fernandez, in Monrovia, after a protracted period of illness.
He was 73.
Samuel Eton Emmons was born on February 22, 1945 in Robertsport, Grand cape Mount County to John Deshield and Delilah Emmons.
He completed his elementary schooling at the Episcopal Elementary School – House of Bethany in Robertsport, and then went on to St. Johns Episcopal High School until 1962, after which his late aunt, Martha Emmons decided to send him to England to further his studies.
In 1971 he returned to Liberia and worked with the Ministry of Action for Development and Progress (ADP) from 1972 to 1980.
Sam, as he was affectionately known to everyone, was an easy going, friendly person who loved to have children around him. In the neighborhood where Sam lived at the house of his Aunt Laura Fernandez in Fiamah, he was known to all the children with whom he chatted with at the water pump where he would go and draw water for himself – a pastime that allowed him to interact with the children until he became ill and could no longer get around so easily.
In his youth, he was an avid football player, as he grew older, he loved to drink tea, a taste acquired from his days in England.
Among his friends in Robertsport were Thomas Jefferson Moore, Emmett Hoff, Varney Rodgers, and Jimmy Pierre in Monrovia.
He is survived by his brother Gabriel Carter, children of his Aunt Laura Fernandez, his cousins, Elaine Fernandez Dunn, Yvette Fernandez Yaidoo, Gabriel Fernandez, Louisa Fernandez Merchant and several other relatives of the Emmons, Skinner and Hoff families and the younger cousins of the Fernandez family who fondly referred to him as uncle Sam. His younger brother Austin Peal, predeceased him during the Liberian civil war.
“We give God the thanks and praise that he has come home to rest where he was born, a place that gave him so much. May his soul rest in eternal peace in the bosom of our blessed Lord,” a statement from the family said.
The homegoing ceremony for Samuel Eton Emmons will be held today, June 25, 2018, at the Methodist Church, Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County.