Samuel Arthur Tuten, 93, of Raleigh, died Saturday August 22, 2015.
Sam was born February 26, 1922 in Edward NC to the late Samuel Arthur Tuten, Sr. and Ada Melissa Walker. He attended Aurora High School, Louisburg College, and N.C. State University. Prior to WWII he was a vocation-agriculture teacher at Boone Trail High School in Harnett County. After WWII Sam spent 38 years with adult education as a member of the NCSU faculty. Thirty-two years were spent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service in Beaufort, Martin, Camden and Forsyth counties, and six years (1966-1972) were with the NCSU/US Department of State Agricultural Mission to Peru. Sam’s responsibility in Peru was to plan and implement a National Potato Extension Program while working with and training Peruvian counterparts. One of their objectives was to organize an International Potato Center in the area where potatoes originated, the Andes Mountains.
Sam attended Midshipmen’s School at Columbia University and went through amphibious training at Coronado CA and Waianae on Oahu, HI. He served on the ship USS Whiteside, AKA 90, and saw battle at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945, and visited Hiroshima 68 days after the bomb was dropped. At the end of the war his rank was lieutenant (junior grade).
After his retirement in 1986 Sam pursued woodworking, vegetable and fruit gardening, reading, shortwave radio monitoring, a self-directed study project concerning the USSR and Russia, a newsletter addressed to his daughters, a genealogy research project and attending NCSU home football games.
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Sam was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Garnette Leake Crocker of Seaboard, NC, and two sisters, Martha Tuten Hodges and Louise Tuten Baxley Reynolds. He is survived by his daughters Lib Tuten (William McClenny) of Raleigh NC, Martha Angel (Nolan Wright) of Carbondale IL, and Garnette Tuten (Brian Rhodes) of Charleston SC; five grandchildren: Robin (Paul Humphreys) and John McClenny, Lindsay and Aaron Wright, Caitlin Tuten-Rhodes; and one great granddaughter Moana Joy Humphreys.
Visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m., service at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday August 26, 2015 at Massey Funeral Home, 313 E. Jefferson St., Jackson, NC.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.