Samuel "Sam" Quinn Christy

February 25, 2022

Samuel “Sam” Quinn Christy passed away unexpectedly on February 25, 2022, at Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC. Sam was born six weeks early, on December 26, 2021, in Greenville, SC. Sam weighed 4 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 17.7 inches long at birth.

Sam was diagnosed with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect early in his mother’s pregnancy. He initially required a great deal of respiratory support as his lungs finished developing, but he quickly defied any presumed labels with his incredible tenacity and calm demeanor in the face of medical adversity. Sam also showed unremitting patience with his devoted parents, who immediately fell in love with his big blue eyes, button nose, dimpled chin, and, perhaps most distinctively, his mohawk hairstyle that was resistant to any attempts at being slicked down.

Sam was a favorite of the doctors, nurses, and therapists that circulated through the NICU. He was an easy baby by all accounts. Sam rarely cried, and when he did, he stopped as soon as his problem (usually a dropped pacifier) was fixed. He loved to be swaddled and was largely content just being snuggled and rocked. Sam’s grandmothers and their friends ensured that Sam had a deep wardrobe, and the nurses who cared for Sam said they loved picking out the outfits that he would wear for their shifts.

Sam is survived by his parents, Elizabeth “Liza” Quinn Christy and Thomas Steven Christy, and four grandparents: Nancy Adams Quinn and Willard Lorenzo Quinn, Jr., of Greenville, SC; Karen Moore Christy and Ralph Steven Christy, Jr., of Concord, NC; one great-grandfather: Ralph Steven Christy, Sr., of Concord, NC; two aunts: Lee Katherine Christy, her husband, Peter Olah, and stepchildren, Julien, Adrien, and Livia, of Austin, TX; Christina Christy Hester, her husband James, and children, Eli and Landon, of Greensboro, NC; two uncles: Bryan Lee Christy, of Fort Worth, TX; Willard Lorenzo Quinn III, his wife, Laura, and children, Lily and Leila, of Cherry Hill, NJ.; and a loving extended family. Sam was preceded in death by one uncle, Shaun Jeffrey Christy, and his great-grandparents Elizabeth Van Zandt Adams, Rayford Kennedy Adams, Willard Lorenzo Quinn, Sr., Elsie Maynard Quinn, Rachel Smith Christy, Homer (Bill) Dillard Stirewalt, and Stella Ard Stirewalt.

A celebration of Sam’s life will take place in the sanctuary at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 East Morehead St., Charlotte, NC 28204, on Saturday, March 5, at 1:00 p.m. A livestream option will also be available on the church website at A private interment will precede the service, and the family will receive guests after the service.

In addition to their family, friends, and neighbors, Sam’s parents wish to express gratitude to:-Covenant Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, NC, First Presbyterian Church of Concord, NC, and Westminster Presbyterian Church of Greenville, SC- the MedCenter Air neonatal ground transport crew -the NICU teams at Atrium Main Levine Children’s Hospital and Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital - Liza’s prenatal care team, as well as her administrators, coworkers, and students at South Academy of International Languages -Thomas’s colleagues at Cabarrus County EMS, NYC Emergency Management, and Pfeiffer University

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to: The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte, 3900 Park Road, Suite C, Charlotte, NC 28209 and The Children’s Heart Foundation, 5 Revere Dr, Northbrook, IL0062,

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204, (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at


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  • Tiffany Cole/Addison Smith

    Our sincere heartfelt condolences for you and your family! Even in his pictures Sam is so precious and a light to the world and now in heaven! What a sweet baby! We are praying for your strength as well.

  • Elisa Melvin

    All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Tom, Liza and family...My family and I just made a donation to the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte in Sam's memory. I am attending the service virtually. Lifting all of you in prayer.
    Elisa Melvin

  • Elisa Melvin

    I continue to pray that the Lord give all of you HIS strength as you mourn your sweet baby boy, Sam. Sending hugs to Tom, Liza and all of your family members and friends. Please let me know if there's anything I can do.

    Elisa Melvin

  • Stephanie mickey

    sam has already touched so many in his time here and we are sorry to hear of his passing. He has an amazing family and I know he will be remembered for the joy he brought them. Thomas and Liza I am thinking of you and sorry again for your loss.

  • Jean Crabill

    Heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of precious Sam Christy.

  • Emeline Wandji

    My sincere condolences.???

  • Ludivine Tandazo

    I am so so sorry for your loss. Having a medically complex baby myself with a rare syndrome, I know what you went through and the bond you developed with beautiful Sam. Please know that his beautiful soul will always remain with you. I would have loved to meet him. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support your family in this time of intense pain and sadness.
    With love,
    The Tandazo family.

  • Clemmie Cummins

    Sam’s sweet face makes you smile !
    I can see why everyone fell in love with him!
    My heart goes out to his family and especially to his aunt, my dear friend Lee Christy
    Peace be with you

  • Michelle Borland

    Sam touched so many lives with his amazing sweet spirit. He will be remembered with so much love. His brief visit here changed the hearts of many before he returned to his heavenly home. Godspeed precious boy. Praying for all. God gives strength we didn’t know we possessed when we need it the most. May he wrap his loving arms around you to comfort and heal your broken hearts.

  • Dee Schwab

    One of my four wonderful children has Down’s Syndrome, so any mention of it always catches my eye. And here is your darling son Sam…
    I love hearing about those snuggles and how
    much he was adored…Such special memories, that you’ll always have…My sincere condolences. God bless you all Dee

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