Samuel Shanklin, Jr.

Published 1:12 pm Monday, November 30, 2020

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Samuel Shanklin, Jr. peacefully transitioned to his heavenly home at 1:22 am on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center at the age of 89. Samuel was born on April 12, 1931 to the late Samuel Shanklin, Sr. and Esther Anderson Shanklin in Thibodaux, LA.

Samuel was a lifelong resident of Thibodaux, LA. He attended C M Washington High School and entered the United States Army where he received his high school diploma. While enlisted, he served as a military policeman and received an honorable discharge in 1953. He began his work career as an employee of the Lafourche Parish School Board where he worked as a custodian in the schools. He was also an employee of St. Joseph Hospital now known as Thibodaux Regional Hospital. The job that gave him the most enjoyment, which he was extremely proud of was for the Lafourche Parish Sheriff Department, from which he retired in 2000. While employed for the Sheriff Department, Samuel served as the assistant warden at the Lafourche Parish Correctional Facility, where he was well liked and respected. All those who encountered him described him as a humble and fair person who was always smiling.

A public viewing will be held on Friday, December 4, 2020 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Williams and Southall Funeral Home located at 1204 Cleveland Street, Thibodaux, LA 70301. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, everyone must wear a face mask and practice social distancing. A private funeral will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Morning Star Baptist Church, 101 Brule Guillot Rd., Thibodaux, LA 70301. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Burial in Allen Chapel Cemetery. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendance is limited, and everyone must wear a face mask and practice social distancing.

He leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife of 62 years, Eva Mae Queen Shanklin, children, Beverly (Taylor) Shanklin, Martha (Myron) Creecy, Natalie (Calvin) Steib, Samuel Daryl (Serena) Shanklin and Monica (Wayne) Jackson his niece whom he cared for and treated as his daughter, his grandchildren, Maya Creecy, Keierica Howard, Donovan Shanklin, Terrence Queen his nephew whom he treated as his grandson, Corey Ceaser, Jr., Brandon Joseph and Kailin Joseph, siblings, Carrie Woods, Zachary Shanklin, Sr., Verna Shanklin, Joyce Shanklin, Esther (Gary) Shanklin, and Patricia Shanklin, brothers-in-law, Alvin Queen, Sr., Louis (Cheryl) Queen, Jr., Leonard (Joann) Queen, sisters-in-law Betty (Gilbert) Antoine, Effie Price, and Gwendolyn Franklin, godchildren, Angela Woods and Gwendolyn Franklin, and a host of nephews, nieces, friends and other relatives. He is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Esther Shanklin, sisters, Mable Jackson and Madeline Jackson, brothers Charles, Earl, Ernest, and Eulas Shanklin, in laws, Louis, Sr. and Effie Woods Queen, Joseph Jackson, Sr. Bernard Jackson, Sr., Hezekiah Price, Jr., Oliver Queen, Sr., Louis Woods, Sr., and Ernest Queen.

Arrangements by Williams & Southall Funeral Home, 1204 Cleveland St., Thibodaux, LA (985) 447-2513. To sign guest book or offer condolences, visit our website at