Sam Pendergrass (67) passed away on Thursday, July 13th, 2023 in his home in Mooresville, NC.
Born on December 29, 1955 to John Clyde Pendergrass and Muriel Phyllis Semingson. Growing up in Washington state, he developed a love of the outdoors, and particularly his favorite hobby of fishing.
He was a Registered Professional Engineer his entire career after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science Engineering from Washington State University. It was there that he met the love of his life, Barbara Conway, whom he married in 1982.
He was the President and Founder of Metallurgical Technologies, Inc. from 1995 until he sold his forensic engineering materials testing laboratory to Rimkus Consulting Group in 2020. Sam had a strong work ethic and was immensely proud that his coworkers chose to come and share their time with him and his endeavors. He loved working in the field of Metallurgy until his retirement at the end of 2022.
He got to live the American Dream together with his wife. He & Barbara worked (& played) together, ate every meal together and never tired of each other’s company. He loved his children deeply and was blessed with a large loving extended family and many friends, who were important to him. He lived his life by the Golden Rule and believed it’s our duty to help those less fortunate than ourselves, which he demonstrated by his kindness and generosity. He was highly intelligent, yet humble, with a great sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife, Barb (66) and his daughter, Kara Pendergrass (23) and his son Daniel Pendergrass (22), his Sisters, Nancy Bennett (Richard) and Pat Pendergrass and his brother Bob Pendergrass (Nancy). He leaves many relatives to cherish his memory, his brothers & sisters-in law: Glen Conway (Avalee) and Rob Conway (Nancy) along with his beloved nephews & nieces and many great- nephews and nieces.
A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, July 17th at 10:00 in the chapel at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to one of the many charities he supported: Tunnels-to-Towers; Fork Union Military Academy; St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital; Habitat-for-Humanity; or any charity supporting military service, children with special needs or local soup kitchens or food banks.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.KepnerFH.com.