Samuel Winston Herring Jr. departed this life, August 29, 2023. Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel W. Herring Sr. and Carol Jean Dunn Hathaway, his sister, Patricia Ann Herring. James (Manny) Herring is his surviving brother.
Sam lived his best life with wife, Connie Herring for 32 years. Surviving family are,
sons, John Herring of Phoenix, Arizona, Michael Stosh Kalinsky of Waynesboro, and Seth Kalinsky of Chantilly, His daughters, Sandra Jean Cronin of Atescadero, CA and Kate Kalinsky Rhyne of Mooresville, NC.
Beloved additional family, son-in-law, Kevin Rhyne and daughters-in-law, Jennifer Emanuel and Carrie Kalinsky. His beloved grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and Herring and Dunn cousins.
Sam was born and raised in Charlottesville. He attended Lane High School until joining the Marine Corps, August of 1965, at the age of seventeen. He served until August 1969 with pride and flew the American flag,and Marine Corp flag at his home in Crozet. After discharge he lived in San Diego, California working for the highway department for fourteen years. He operated heavy equipment and could tell you about every road built in San Diego County. He was an avid fisherman and participated in many tournaments, winning and being recognized as a premier fisherman. He retired and returned to his hometown of Charlottesville in 1985. His
love for hunting and fishing led him to help establish and work at Woodbrook Sports. He participated in numerous fishing tournaments in the spring and summer. He fished area lakes, reservoirs and ponds. The Blue Ridge Mountains were his hunting grounds during the winter. He felt freedom in the mountains and treasured every moment and memory. His final years were spent, caring for his family, home and growing heirloom tomatoes. Family, neighbors and friends looked forward to Sam’s tomatoes. Many were donated to Grace Grocery, Crozet United Methodist Church.
Sam delighted in friends and family conversations. He never met anyone he couldn’t find a connection with. He especially connected with the Boys Town of Virginia and expressed a wish for donations be made to them, in order for boys to have a better life.
Sam’s life will be remembered and celebrated at Crozet United Methodist Church, Saturday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m.