Samuel Rice Houston, IV

September 14, 1981 ~ January 6, 2024 (age 42) 42 Years Old

Samuel Houston Obituary

Samuel (Sam) Rice Houston IV, age 42, of Hinton, West Virginia, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2024, at Beckley, West Virginia. Sam was born September 14, 1981, in Santa Monica, California, a son of Samuel and Sandra Dee (Stone) Houston, III.
Sam is preceded in death by his mother Sandra D. Stone; maternal grandparents Carl and Margie A. Stone; and his paternal grandparents Sam and Mary Houston, Jr.
Survivors include his father Samuel Rice Houston, III. of Beckley; sister Wendie Alderman and her husband Lloyd of Hinton; niece Jazmyne Alderman of Hinton; nephew Lloyd Alderman and his wife Shannon of Crab Orchard; great-nephews Easton and Raylan Alderman; and many extended family and friends who will miss him.
Sam attended and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School class of 1999 and thereafter graduated from ACT in 2006 after completing his Journeyman Electrician Certification.
Sam has spent the last 10 years traveling the states working within several types of companies completing their electrical work and set ups. He loved to fish and would always make time for it no matter where he traveled to. Sam was a guy with a free spirit and loved to stay busy traveling and meeting new people and seeing new sites. Sam had a big heart with a sensitive soul. He had a love for animals of all shapes and sizes. Sam was funny and had bad jokes for days. Sam was always "Starving like a hostage." Sam's sense of humor and kindness will be missed by all who knew him. He was definitely one of a kind with a personality to match it.
Sam struggled with his mental health which led to self-medicating to alleviate his symptoms with hopes of having a sense of normalcy. This need to self-medicating spiraled into the self-destructive behavior of addiction. Sam did not want to be this way, but most addicts do not set out to be self-destructive. The family is comforted by knowing that Sam was saved and knew Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, but his fleshly wants overpowered his trust in Jesus Christ. "In Christ alone, there is deliverance from man's tortured thoughts and freedom from the sordid habits which are destroying so many people. - Billy Graham"
Sam would want his death to be a reminder that mental health is important. "Mental not a destination, but a process. It's about how you drive, not where you're going. - Noam Shpancer, PHD"
Recovery is possible with the right treatment, support, and tools. "When treated as a disease, those who suffered from it were most likely to recover. - Craig Ferguson"
Recovery is about progression not perfection and relapses happen.
Remains will be cremated with no formal services at this time. To honor his life, the family encourages you to seek help if you are struggling with your mental health and/or addiction. To find hope in Jesus Christ by attending a church service to honor Sam's memory and seek comfort in the Lord.
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