Samuel Eason Way Jr., 77, of Cape Carteret, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2019, at his home with his family by his side.

A memorial celebration of life service is at 2 p.m. Monday at Cape Carteret Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Ben Burrows officiating. Inurnment will be at Gethsemane Memorial Park at a later date.

He was born July 13, 1941, in Rocky Mount, a son of the late Dr. Samuel Eason Way Sr. and Pauline Dixon Way.

Sam loved to spend time with his family and friends and his dog, Bailey. He graduated from Campbell University in 1965. He had a love for beach music, shagging, NASCAR and a passion for University of North Carolina athletics. He was most happy on the water and later in life loved sitting in his beloved recliner watching the birds. He was a wonderful father and poppy.

He is survived by wife, Sandra M. Way of the home; daughter, Kelly Rogers and husband Bruce of Emerald Isle; son, Samuel Eason “Skipper” Way III of Cedar Point; stepsons, Page Stallings and wife Elizabeth and Mark Stallings and wife Cindy, all of Charlotte, and Scott Stallings of Cary; grandchildren, Eason White, Harris Rogers, Liza Stallings and Claire Stallings; his special companion, Bailey; and several cousins and special friends.

He was preceded in death by his second wife, Patsy Edgerton Way.

The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Carteret County Humane Society, 853 Hibbs Road, Newport, NC 28570.

Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home of Swansboro. Online condolences may be made at

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