Statement on the passing of former Mayor Doug Samples

The Town of Surfside Beach mourns the passing of former Mayor Doug Samples, and expresses its deepest sympathies and condolences to his family and friends.

Mr. Samples served the Town of Surfside Beach for many years. He volunteered with the town’s stormwater committee from 2000 through 2002 before running for a position on the Surfside Beach Town Council.

Mr. Samples was first elected to serve on Council in 2002, and served for three terms before being elected mayor in 2012. He served as mayor until 2016.

Mayor Samples was honored by the South Carolina House of Representatives with a House Resolution in May 2016, recognizing him for his focus on “improving and maintaining the quality of life… by directing efforts to improve public infrastructure to retain the town’s ‘family beach’ atmosphere and image, supporting the town’s tourism industry, and encouraging business investment.”

Information about funeral arrangements will be provided by Goldfinch Funeral Home.

Posted by Robert Blomquist 10/15/2021