Samuel Christy Obituary (2021 – 2022) – Greenville, SC

Samuel “Sam” Quinn Christy

December 26, 2021 – February 25, 2022

Samuel “Sam” Quinn Christy died suddenly on Friday, February 25, 2022 at Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.

Sam was born on December 26, 2021, six weeks earlier, in Greenville, SC Sam weighed 4 pounds, 9 ounces and was 17.7 inches tall at birth.

Sam was diagnosed with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect early in his mother’s pregnancy. He first needed a lot of breathing support when his lungs finished developing, but he quickly defied all presumed labels with his incredible tenacity and composure in the face of medical adversity. Sam also showed tireless patience with his devoted parents, who immediately fell in love with his big blue eyes, buttoned nose, dimpled chin and, perhaps most distinctly, his resisting Mohawk hairstyle. to any attempt at smoothing.

Sam was a favorite of the doctors, nurses and therapists circulating around the NICU. He was an easy baby in every way. Sam rarely cried, and when he did, he stopped as soon as his problem (usually a dropped pacifier) ​​was solved. He loved being swaddled and was largely content to be snuggled and cradled. Sam’s grandmothers and their friends made sure Sam had a deep wardrobe, and the nurses who cared for Sam said they liked picking out the outfits he would wear for their shifts.

Sam is survived by his parents, Elizabeth “Liza” Quinn Christy and Thomas Steven Christy; four grandparents, Nancy Adams Quinn and Willard Lorenzo Quinn Jr., of Greenville, SC; Karen Moore Christy and Ralph Steven Christy Jr., of Concord; great-grandfather, Ralph Steven Christy Sr. of Concord; two aunts, Lee Katherine Christy, husband, Peter Olah, and stepchildren, Julien, Adrien and Livia, of Austin, Texas, Christina Christy Hester, husband, James, and children, Eli and Landon, of Greensboro; two uncles, Bryan Lee Christy of Fort Worth, Texas, Willard Lorenzo Quinn III, his wife, Laura, and children, Lily and Leila, of Cherry Hill, NJ; and a loving extended family.

Sam was predeceased by an uncle, Shaun Jeffrey Christy; and her great-grandparents, Elizabeth Van Zandt Adams, Rayford Kennedy Adams, Willard Lorenzo Quinn Sr., Elsie Maynard Quinn, Rachel Smith Christy, Homer (Bill) Dillard Stirewalt and Stella Ard Stirewalt.

A celebration of Sam’s life will be held in the sanctuary of the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 East Morehead St., Charlotte, NC 28204 on Saturday, March 5 at 1 p.m. A live streaming option will also be available on the church’s website, A private burial will precede the service, and the family will receive guests after the service.

In addition to family, friends and neighbors, Sam’s parents wish to express their gratitude to Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, First Presbyterian Church in Concord and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greenville, South Carolina; MedCenter Air Neonatal Ground Transport Team, NICU teams from Atrium Main Levine Children’s Hospital; and Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital, Liza’s prenatal care team, along with her administrators, colleagues and students from the South Academy of International Languages; and Thomas’ colleagues at Cabarrus County EMS, NYC Emergency Management and Pfeiffer University

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte, 3900 Park Rd., Ste. C, Charlotte, NC 28209 or at and at The Children’s Heart Foundation, 5 Revere Dr., Northbrook, IL 0062 or at

Kenneth W. Poe

Funeral and cremation service

by Charlotte

Published by Concord & Kannapolis Independent Tribune on March 4, 2022.

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