Samuel Sublett, Jr.

April 12, 1928 - December 1, 2012

Samuel Sublett, Jr., age 84, passed away peacefully with his family at his side at his residence in St. Charles. He was born April 12, 1928 in Chicago, the son of Samuel and Beatrice Mary (nee Robinson) Sublett, Sr. He was united in marriage to Phyllis Ferguson in 1948 in La Grange, Illinois.  Mr. Sublett received his BA degree and then Masters degree from DePaul University in 1955 and a second Masters from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He worked most of his professional career at the juvenile facility in St. Charles, Illinois retiring in 1993 with over 40 years of service. He retired as Accreditation Manager for the Illinois Department of Corrections.  He was a member and past president of the American Correctional Association, past president of the National CNCE Juvenile Corrections Agencies, an active member Emeritus of Phi Delta Kappa and past president of the Northern Illinois Chapter, and past president of the Illinois Academy of Criminology, past member of St. Charles Kiwanis. He served as board member at Provena Pine View Care Center and was instrumental in assisting the City of St. Charles in acquiring the vacant State of Illinois land that is now Campton Park.  He was an avid golfer and especially relished his role as grandfather and great grandfather.  He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; children Samuel Sublett IV of phoenix, AZ, Suzanne (Paul) Nyenhuis of St. Charles, Ill., Jeanette (Langdon) Neal of Chicago, Ill., and Steven (Leona) of San Diego, California, eight grandchildren, Gabriel Nyenhuis, Sydney Sublett, Olivia (Justin) Phillips, Tyler Neal, MacKenzie Neal, Langdon Neal,  Savannah Neal and Samantha Sublett; great grandchildren, Logan Phillips and Colton Phillips,;his brothers Richard (Beverly) of Wheaton,  Ill, and Rollin (Nancy) of Wheaton, Ill, and sister Vernette (Donnie) Smith of Detroit.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Alice.  Visitation is Friday, December 7, 2012 from 4:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. at Moss-Norris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third St., St. Charles, Ill (three blocks west of the Fox River and one block south of Route 64).  A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the funeral home. Reverend Linda Carter will officiate. Interment will be private.


Contributions in Mr. Sublett’s memory may be made to Salvation Army, 1710 S 7th Ave, St. Charles, Ill., 60174.


Guest Book

  • Michael Wright I just learned of Mr. Sublett's death. I wanted to tell you he made an important and positive impression on me earlier in my corrections career. I appreciated his leadership style and his tips. He took time to explain little things to those less experienced and I still share some of those now that I am retired and teaching corrections at a university. He is missed!
  • Hillie Semprit Jeanette: My sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father. May the good memories you have, carry you through this difficult time. Sincerely, Hillie Semprit
  • Marlo Butler Sending my condolences to Phyllis and the entire Sublett family. May God bless you during this time
  • Helen Corrothers It was such a joy to work with Sam over the years at the American Correctional Association as well as to chat about golf. He will be sorely missed. I leave my heartfelt condolences and prayers for strength, comfort and God's peace to the Phyllis and the entire Sublett family.
  • James E. Coleman Words will never express the debt of gratitude I will always have for Sam and Phyllis. Thank you for being a role model to correctional professionals, especially African Americans. God bless you Phyllis and family.
  • Shelley Ellerston Dear Sublett family, Saddened by the death of your patriarch, wishing you peace and fond memories of a life well-lived!
  • Weldon Bruce Johnson One memory I will never forget Cecil Mr mallard and Sam in the gym the boys started fighting and all of those GREAT men broke that up with hockey sticks it was so sweet
  • Weldon Bruce Johnson My dad Cecil and Sam were in my life since my dad would take me to work with him memories are priceless thank you Sam and of course Cecil Lee Johnson RIP Sam
  • Vincent Johnson Mr. Sublett you will be missed. You were a great man who helped countless and a role model for many. God bless you and my prayers to your family.
  • Marge Webster My deepest sympathy to Phyllis and family in the loss of this "Correctional Giant"! Sam has always been a great role model for the "new" in the business and someone to admire for those more "seasoned'. Sam always had Phyllis and smile with him at Conventions. We will miss you Sam!
  • CHARLS LINDER Sympathy to all from the Linder families.
  • Eric Hoch From the Indiana Criminal Justice Associaiton, our thoughts and prayers are with the Sublett family. The "Correctional Family" will miss Sam. God Bless, Eric Hoch, ACA and ICJA member.