Samuel Gregory (Sammy) Shute, 54, of Ridgeland, MS passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, MS.
Visitation will be held in the Broadmoor Baptist Church Chapel, Madison, MS, from 12:30 - 2 p.m. Thursday, December 1, with funeral services to follow at 2 p.m. Doctors Jim Futral and Rob Futral will officiate. Interment will follow at Parkway Memorial Park in Ridgeland. Arrangements are by Parkway Funeral Home.
Sammy was born in 1962 to Betty Jo and Sam Shute in Greenville, MS. He moved to Jackson in 1967 where as a boy he accepted Christ at Broadmoor Baptist Church. He graduated from Murrah High School in 1980 and the University of Mississippi in 1986. Sammy was an exceptional athlete in all sports with football being his first love. He was a wide receiver for the Murrah football team and was affectionately called the "fastest white boy in Jackson" by his Murrah Mustang teammates. His love of playing the game was cut short after being severely injured when hit by a car in 1978 on the Ole Miss campus. In 1983 white a student at Ole Miss, Sammy sustained a spinal cord injury after diving into a shallow river. Living as a quadriplegic, through an undying competitive nature, he became a winning wheelchair athlete. Sammy accepted a position as an independent living counselor with the MS Dept. of Rehabilitation Services in 1989 where he helped other people with disabilities live independently. Later he served as vocational rehabilitation program coordinator at the Methodist Rehabilitation Center until his retirement from MDRS in 2005. Sammy had a special fondness for rescue cats and in recent years has doted on Sissy and Baby Love. Rest assured that in Heaven, just as in life, Sammy is cheering for the Rebels and is likely a starting receiver on the Rebel team in the sky.
The Lord arranged for Sammy to cross paths with Diana Morgan in 1993 while both were employed at MDRS. Married in 1994 at Broadmoor Baptist Church, it was truly a match made in Heaven for which Diana will be forever grateful.
Sammy was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George Shute and Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Shanks of Greenwood, MS; and his "brother in Christ", Leonard Teague, who took care of him for 20 years until his death in 2014.
He is survived by his wife, Diana Shute; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Shute; brother Jim Shute and wife, Brenda; nieces, Laura Shute and Molly Shute Powell, all of Dallas, TX, Cassidy Todd of Southaven, MS; nephews, Morgan Newsom and Thomas Lewis of Charleston, MS and Chase Savage of Annapolis, MD.
Pall bearers are David Burns, Chuck Johnson, Morgan Newsom, Joey Patterson, Chase Savage, and Ricky Todd. Honorary pallbearers are Thomas Lewis, Joe Monday, Jody Newsom, Berle Reynolds, and Jeff Spitchley.
Memorial contributions may be made to Broadmoor Baptist Church or Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (Jackson).
The family wishes to extend sincere appreciation to the exceptional staff at St. Dominic Hospital, Broadmoor Baptist Church, MS Dept. of Rehabilitation Services, and Sammy's personal care attendants, Terrence Brown, Gerald Cook, Christopher Johnson, and Steven Ward.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7
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