William “Sam” Maurice Brent (M.Sgt. USAF Ret.), age 84 of 2159 Elberton Highway, Hartwell, GA, passed away on Monday, September 23, 2019 at AnMed Health Center, Anderson, SC from complications following a brave fight with lymphoma.
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He was born December 21, 1934 in Baltimore, MD to the late Maurice Joseph Brent and Isabel Vane Amorose Brent. On June 17, 2003 he married Marjorie Ann Congdon who survives him.
At the age of 19 he joined the U.S. Navy serving 6 years and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, retiring after 23 years of service at the rank of Master Sergeant. He was a Vietnam Veteran and received 2 Purple Hearts while serving as a field medic. After military service he went to work for the Cuba Central School System, retiring after 20 years as Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds.
Sam was a life member of the American Legion Post 1434, Hinsdale, NY, VFW Post 2721, Cuba, NY, and AmVets Post 1, Cuba, NY. He was an avid gun, cookbook, and coin collector who loved to hunt and spend time with his family.
Along with his wife he is survived by his sister Elizabeth (Betty) Krebs and eight children, sons, M.J. (Susan) Brent, Matthew (Carrie) Congdon and daughters, Daphne (Joe) Congdon Castillo, Jeannie (Paul) George Lande, Marsha Hewitt Custer (Joe Burton), Renee (Joe McGrath) Congdon, Stephanie (Craig) Ingalls and Valerie (Pete) Collins. He is also survived by nineteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother Howard (Bud) Brent.
The family will hold a gathering of friends on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 10am to 12 noon at Coile and Hall Funeral Directors, 333 East Johnson Street, Hartwell. An additional service will be held in New York in the summer of 2020. Burial with honors will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
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