Samuel J Mauney

December 16, 1932 - June 12, 2012
Samuel J Mauney

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Samuel J. Mauney, 79, died June 12, 2012. He was born December 16, 1932 in Belmont, North Carolina. A member of the Knights of Columbus, he played minor league baseball from 1951-1962.

He is preceded in death by his parents Marion & Dora Mauney; He is survived by his son Samuel J. Mauney, Jr.A graveside service will be held Sunday, June 17, 2012 at James City County Cemetery in Norge at 2PM. Bucktrout of Williamsburg is in charge of the arrangements.

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  • June 14, 2012
    Array says:
    Great Memories - Sam Mauney April 20, 1989 Like so many children, Sam Mauney had a dream of becoming a Major League baseball player. Though he rose to the Class AAA leagues and rubbed elbows with Willie Mays and Vern Law, Mauney never quite made it. But with 10 years in the minors (and two off while in the service), the 55-year-old mechanic at NASA has fond memories. "When I played in the 3-I League (Illinois, Indiana and Iowa), we traveled by station wagon," he recalls of one season. "With about 18 or 19 on the clubs, we got into three station wagons. We would travel all night. Sometimes early in the morning." Along with Mauney, one catcher in that Class B league was John Roseboro, who would go on to play for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. Yankee great Tony Kubek, Tigers star Norm Cash and current Atlanta Braves manager Russ Nixon also were in the league. While stationed at Fort Eustis in 1953 and '54, Mauney played with Mays and Law. Sam never achieved the success of those two men. Still, he cherishes the time. Occupation: Mechanic at NASA, owns Village Amusements (provides kiddie rides, picnics, school carnivals). Personal: Single. Son - John, 25, senior at Christopher Newport College, partner in Village Amusements. Education: Toana High School Class of 1950. Hobbies: Golf, fishing, hunting, going to Tides' games. Favorite food: Steak. Favorite restaurant: Steve's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue. Favorite TV program: "Jake and the Fat Man." Favorite movies: "Top Gun," and "The Natural." Favorite radio station: WKEZ-fm, 94.1. Favorite kind of music: Country. Favorite singers: Willie Nelson, K.T. Oslin. Favorite teams: New York Mets, Texas Rangers. Favorite magazine: The Sporting News. Idol: Mickey Mantle. Greatest feat: Sticking it out for 12 years in the minors. Fantasy: When you play ball, it's always the big league dream. What makes you tick: I enjoy meeting people, traveling, and I like a challenge. Bad habit: Sweets. Favorite vacation spots: Nags Head, the mountains.

  • June 14, 2012
    Kathy says:
    Love you Sammy. You are my Sammy or Sambo as you like to ssy. Rest securely in the arms of Jesus. See you in heaven. Love Always Kathy

  • June 15, 2012
    Heidi Hodges-Burns and family says:
    Sam had this special place in his heart where he would embrace everyone that he met. I don't know many times where he'd say no to anyone, especaiily me. He truely will be miss by all and for those that were closet to him. I have so many wonderful stories and memories of Sam and want to thank you for raising me to the adult that I am now. I will always love you....(Bubblegum)

  • June 17, 2012
    Angela Lozano says:
    Sam was a generous and kind-hearted man, and the world was a better place while his light shined here with us. I will miss his stories and the twinkle in his eyes as he watched my kids run and play around him. Thank you for all the joy you've brought into our lives over the past 17 years. We love you! - Angela, Walter, Andrew, Jason, Nicholas and Natalie Lozano

  • June 14, 2012
    Suzanne & Steve says:
    Sam, It was a privilege to have known and loved you, and your friendship was a treasure. Whenever we see cotton candy clouds in the heavens above, we will know that you are near. You will be forever in our hearts. Love you, Suzanne & Steve