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Samuel Clay Sporn

Posted By Hall-Wynne On March 24, 2015 @ 12:53 pm In Durham,News,Obituaries | 21 Comments

Samuel Clay Sporn, 24, died unexpectedly March 22, 2015 in Asheville. He was born December 8, 1990 in Washington, DC. At the time of his death Sam was a student at UNC-Asheville. He attended Immaculata Catholic School and attended Riverside High school, where he ran cross country. Sam also attended Durham School of the Arts, where he studied piano and guitar.

Sam could be readily seen about Durham when he held various jobs while in school. He loved music, the fiction of Kurt Vonnegut, the outdoors and his faithful dog Blaise. Sam had a warm and friendly smile, and will be remembered as a thoughtful and caring son, brother and fiercely loyal friend.

Surviving are his parents, Anne and Tom Sporn; his sisters, Catherine and Sarah; his brother, Philip; paternal grandfather, Michael Sporn and maternal grandmother, Augusta Waggenspack.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered 12:00 Thursday, March 26, 2015 from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Friends will be received 10-12 Noon Thursday in church. Private cremation will follow the funeral. A reception will be held following the Mass in the gathering space. Gifts in Sam’s memory may be made to TROSA, 1820 James Street, Durham, NC 27707, trosainc.org. Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service & Crematory. On-line memorials: hallwynne.com.

Condolences for the family of “Samuel Clay Sporn”

Condolence from John and Asa Butts on March 24th, 2015 2:29 pm

Tom, Anne and family,
We were greatly saddened to learn of Samuel’s death. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with you at this time of terrible loss.
John and Asa Butts

Condolence from Hugh and Sharon Findlay and family on March 24th, 2015 4:12 pm

Our hearts are filled with sadness. We will remember him as a kind soul.we remember him as that sparky boy full of spunk. Our many prayers and blessings are with your family.

Condolence from Holly Rogers on March 24th, 2015 6:17 pm

Sporn family, my heart aches for you during this very sad and difficult time. Cherish the precious memories and the time you spent with Sam. God Bless and may Sam rest in peace.

Condolence from Julie chapin and Meghan Bouney on March 24th, 2015 9:30 pm

The Sporn Family,

Our prayers go out to your family in this sad time. We will continue to pray.

Blessings, Julie and Meghan

Condolence from Sondra Myers on March 24th, 2015 10:08 pm

Dear Family,

I did not know your precious loved one, but I am sure that you loved and valued him. His warm smile and beautiful brown eyes will always be remembered in your hearts. May the love and Peace of God our Father and the Presence of his son Jesus Christ, and the Comfort of the Holy Spirit embrace and surround all of you at this time and in the future.

Condolence from Margi e Burton & Fred Battaglia on March 24th, 2015 10:10 pm

To the Sporn Family, our hearts are breaking for you during this difficult time. We will always remember Sam’s wonderful smile and the many times we ran into him in Durham. We pray Sam is at peace. Please know that your family is in our prayers.
Love, Margie and Fred

Condolence from Christopher Berggren on March 25th, 2015 1:25 am

Sam and I met by chance in Durham on Ninth Street around 2009, when he worked in the area. Though I am closer in age to his parents than to him, he was friendly to me in those early times, as well as a little later when he worked at Guglhupf. It was heartwarming to see that smile across the room and then later to receive his birthday wishes over facebook, even though by then I had moved away and had not seen him for quite awhile. At a time like this, there isn’t much that makes sense, but I have to believe that even shortened lives can be just as fruitful for the individual as a longer one. In his giving and graceful spirit toward a great number of people with whom he came in contact, I feel confident that Sam accomplished much more than many folks triple his age. I offer my prayer of peace to his parents, siblings, grandparents, relatives, and the many people whom he could call friends.

Condolence from Emily Cox-McMahon on March 25th, 2015 8:54 am

Dear Sporn Family,
We share your grief as members of the Duke Medicine and UNC Asheville communities. Your family is a precious part of the Durham community and I hope you will find comfort in friends and family for the years to come. We are so sorry for the loss of your precious son.
Emily and Tim

Condolence from Kim Shinn-Simpson on March 25th, 2015 1:09 pm

Sam was a delight to know and to teach. I enjoyed my time with him at DSA. He leaves behind so many wonderful memories for those of us who interacted with him here and around the community. Sam was clever and kind. I am so sorry for your loss and your pain.

Condolence from Susan Goodgion on March 25th, 2015 4:59 pm

I am thinking of you all with love and hope you feel God’s arms around you now.

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
—Wendell Berry

Condolence from Sharon Doorley on March 25th, 2015 7:30 pm

I am so very sorry for the loss of your handsome young man. I can’t imagine the pain and loss. I will pray for peace for all of you. Sharon Doorley, Parishioner

Condolence from Teresa Berger, with Peter on March 25th, 2015 9:21 pm

Dear Sporn family,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences! We mourn with you the loss of Sam and trust that he rests in peace and that his life is complete in God.
I will always remember Sam’s goodness and care for my son Peter, when Peter was at Immaculata, and Sam was his official older buddy for one of the Immaculata days. I was so impressed with how Sam cared for Peter throughout the day, that I have remained profoundly grateful to him in my heart for years now.
May God grant Sam eternal peace and joy, and may you be comforted and sustained in these hard and painful days.

Condolence from Diana Bello on March 26th, 2015 12:50 am

Dear Sporn Family, I cannot even begin to tell you how deep my sorrow is for your loss and for the world’s loss by Sam’s death I met him when I worked at Guglhuph and, though he was only slightly older than my oldest granddaughter, we immediately developed a special bond. He always brought such joy to my times working there and I was always a bit let down when he wasn’t working my shift. Sam was a beacon of light and joy to those who knew him. Always a kind, funny and loving word for those he touched. I will never forget him as I imagine most who every came in contact with him won’t. I have prayed deeply for your loss…one which I cannot fathom but my heart and love is pouring out to you since I learned of his passing and I know it will for a time to come. I hope you can now or soon feel the embrace of God’s sovereign arms around all of you and find your peace in these circumstances. Always remember, he left a mighty mark on this world and the people who knew him. That, in and of itself, is a gift and a blessing. Love to you all.

Condolence from Jane Bahnson on March 26th, 2015 8:06 am

Anne and family,

So shocked and saddened to hear you have lost Sam. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with you. Jane and Tristram Bahnson

Condolence from Donna & Carl Bortner on March 26th, 2015 8:09 am

Tom, Anne, Catherine, Sarah & Philip,

We were so sorry to hear of Sam’s passing and want to express our deepest condolences for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of such heartbreak.

The Bortner Family

Condolence from Lorna Collingridge on March 26th, 2015 9:14 pm

I remember Sam in my classes and as i would see him around Durham, He was so loving and sweet and i am so sad he will never give me another hug. My prayers are for Ann and Thomas and Catherine. Also Phillip and Sarah who I remember well in my classes also. Lorna

Condolence from Karen Simmons Gorman and Shawn Gorman on March 28th, 2015 1:41 pm

Anne and Tom,

I am Karen Simmons Gorman, your next door neighbor from Marywood Rd., in Bethesda. My husband Shawn and I just learned about the tragic loss of your son, Sam. We cannot fathom the depths of your grief, having three children of our own and never experiencing such a loss.

Please accept our condolences and prayers. Please also pass them on to your father and Paul.


Condolence from Andy Stewart on March 28th, 2015 3:16 pm

Please know that Peggy’s and my condolences are with all of you at this sad time. May Sam’s spirit rest in peace in the love and embrace of God.

Condolence from Friend on April 2nd, 2015 12:55 am

I do not know your family personally but my brother was friends with Sam and I’ve seen pictures and heard a bit about him. As a sister I send condolences to Sam’s siblings and keep the entire family lifted in prayer through this tough time.

Condolence from Dan Scheirer on May 24th, 2015 7:30 pm

Dear Sporn Family,

Lois a I want to offer our deepest sympathies on the loss of Sam.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Scheirer Family
McKinley St.

Condolence from lou ann shepherd on September 17th, 2015 7:42 am

Anne, I am so sorry. I was doing some google-ing and saw this. i am just so very sorry. Lou Ann

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