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Cortez Samuel

September 7, 1942 ~ June 22, 2021 (age 78)


Cortez was born to Rosa Jean King and John Samuel on September 7, 1942 in Schaal, Arkansas. He came to Portland in early 1955, to join the remainder of his family. He attended Boise Grade School and Jefferson High School.  He obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees from Portland State University and further, proceeded to Philadelphia to complete his Doctorate in Physics. He retired from Lumen telecommunication, where he was a highly respected employee. He never missed a day's work nor was he ever late- something few can say. He was an astute student who loved math and shared these abilities with many students throughout his life.

He married Queenie Wilson in 1975 and helped raise her two sons. He was a wonderful role model.

Cortez had a great love for his family taking pride in being the Elder of the King-Belcher family. He also loved his "G" Street family, a community with whom he enjoyed fellowship, sports and humor.

Cortez loved travel, after having completed his tour of duty in the US Air Force he continued exploring the world. He would say his most remembered trip was his first visit to Kenya, East Africa. Marveling at the closeness he shared with the animals and the people. He also enjoyed visiting family throughout the United States where he has family in Arkansas, Georgia, California, Nevada, Arizona and Washington. There were many family reunions and he was always there with his camera.

His greatest passion was Tennis. He belonged to several tennis clubs in Portland and you could find him on a court three to four times a week. He also took up bowling and decided to learn how to swim in his early fifties.  He was a fanatic about sports "ALL '' kinds of sports. He was a member of the Arkansas Club, a group with which he shared many happy times.  

Cortez was an inspiration to all of us. His quiet demeanor garnered respect from everyone who knew him. He lived a full and successful life, giving much to many.

He is preceded in home going by his mother Rosa Jean Carter, father Wiley G. Carter Sr., brothers LaSalle King and Dwight Carter and sister Leola Walton.

Left to remember are sisters Sylvia Mitchell and Jennifer Carter, brothers Wiley G. Carter Jr. (Nancy) and Philip Carter, also his former wife Queenie Samuel and sons Nathaniel and Allen Wilson, A host of Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and too many friends to count.

To each and every one we hope, when you think of Cortez it will be with a special memory you shared together and that it will bring a smile.

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 Service Program


July 6, 2021

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Terry Family Funeral Home
2337 N. Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

Graveside Service
July 7, 2021

9:30 AM
Willamette National Cemetery
11800 Mt. Scott Blvd
Portland, OR 97086

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