Samuel Curtis “Sam” Proctor, 76, pilot who started flying at age 14

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Samuel Curtis "Sam" Proctor
Samuel Curtis “Sam” Proctor

WILMINGTON — Samuel Curtis “Sam” Proctor, 76, passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C. He was born May 16, 1940, in Florence County, S.C., the son of the late Stephen Curtis Proctor and Frances Player Proctor.

Mr. Proctor proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, where he served a year in South Korea.

He started flying planes at the age of 14 and had a passion for it all of his life, which led to a fulfilling and rewarding career with Piedmont and US Air Ways, where he was a pilot for 29 years. Sam enjoyed playing golf, creating art and painting, racing cars, was an avid reader and loved to spend time with his family and friends. Sam was a member of PSE and QB. He was a friendly man who always had a kind word for others, never met a stranger and had an infectious smile that was combined with an amazing sense of humor.

Left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife of 37 years, Karen ”K.C.” Clark Proctor of Wilmington; sister, Elizabeth McDonald, and her husband, Edward McDonald; nephew, Ron Joye, and his wife, Stefanie; great-nephews, Curt and Tripp Joye; canine buddy, Benni; and numerous other family members and friends, especially his Piedmont family.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at Quinn McGowen Funeral Home, Wilmington Chapel. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Quinn McGowen Funeral Home, Wilmington Chapel. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Washington Memorial Park, 6217 Memorial Drive, Sandston. Interment will be held at a later date in Washington Memorial Park, Sandston.

Please share memories and condolences with the family at www.QuinnMcGowen.com.