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Samuel Rhyne, Jr.
February 1, 2024
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Samuel Augustus Rhyne Jr., 77, passed away in his sleep on February 1, 2024, from cancer.
He was born to parents, Samuel Augustus Rhyne Sr. and Margaret Barksdale (Rhyne), on November 18, 1946, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
During his high school years, Sam discovered his love of math and excelled at playing the violin. After high school, Sam went on to study Math and Logic at Cheyney University, located in
Cheyney, PA, just outside the city of Philadelphia. While at Cheyney, Sam pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Sp. 1968, where he was one of eight (from over 25 pledgees) who was able to
maintain the required GPA over the extended pledging period (Nov ’67 – Mar ‘68); hence, the line
name “The Endurated 8.” After graduation, Sam married the love of his life, Lynda Hill, and they were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Lysa Yvonne. Sam would later be blessed with two more beautiful children, Lyvaan (son) and Lynnette (daughter) with his longtime partner, Diane Kelley. Sam landed his first job as an Auditor at Sears and Roebuck Co. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
where his attention to detail, commendable work ethic, mathematical skills, and ability to work well with others catapulted him to the leadership position of Head Auditor for the Northeast
Region. After 20 years at Sears, Sam retired from Corporate America to teach high school math for the School District of Philadelphia. After teaching for about 10 years, Sam decided that he
wanted to work with his hands and took a carpentry position at Bowman Properties specializing in painting and woodworking. He worked at Bowman Properties for over 20 years until the Covid
pandemic in 2020. Throughout his career, Sam devoted his time to his community by assisting families with tax preparation. Sam was a big sports fan and enjoyed watching and rooting for all Philly teams. He also enjoyed playing basketball and baseball until he couldn’t play anymore due to a knee injury. He was also very passionate about driving, music (jazz in particular), playing chess, woodworking, and his kids. Sam was a kind, gentle man of few words, but when he spoke, it was usually worth hearing– whether it was something profound, witty, or just funny. He was very intelligent and had a knack of explaining “things” in a deliberate and logical way, which made him an excellent teacher. Anyone who knew Sam knew that he loved his children and his family with all his heart. Sam was predeceased by his mother, Margaret, his father, Samuel, and his sister, Marciel. He is survived by his children, Lysa, Lyvaan and Lynnette, his nephew and niece, David and Mavis (and husband, Andre), respectively, many cousins, loving in-laws, and a host of family and friends.
Sam will be missed.
Daddy, you are now at peace, but you will live on forever in our hearts. We love you so much. Rest in peace.
In lieu of sending flowers, the family requests that people make donations to Brother, You’re on My Mind, a mental health initiative started by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the National
Institute of Mental Health Disparities.