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Bobby Sam Harkins

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Bobby Sam Harkins, age 85, of Crockett passed away Saturday, March 24, 2018 in New Braunfels. Bobby Sam was born December 4, 1932 in Kennard to parents, Mike and Hazel Harkins. He graduated from Groveton High School in 1951 where he played quarterback for the Groveton Indians in 1949 and 1950. He graduated from Sam Houston State College in 1958 then served in the United States Army receiving the National Defense Medal and an honorable discharge. Bobby Sam worked for many years with the Natural Resource Conservation Service where he retired. In his lifetime, he was a member and served in many organizations including being a lifetime member of the Groveton Ex-Student Association, the Sam Houston State University Ex-Students, and the Elks Lodge. Also, he served as a football official for the Texas High School Football, East Texas Chapter for 20 plus years. Serving for 39 years on the Go Texan Committee and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, he was voted as The Winner’s Circle of the Barbeque Cook-off three times also in 1982 First Place and Second Place. Bobby Sam opened H & G Catering Business and made quite a name for himself in the cooking business becoming a self-taught “Cooking Extraordinaire”.

Bobby Sam is survived by his family, Enda Lou Jackson, Jett and Kate Jackson of San Antonio, Perri and Piper Jackson of New Braunfels, Annette Hull of Pasadena, Amy and Dean Jackson of San Antonio, Casey and Joe Jackson of New Braunfels, Craig Henderson of Pasadena, Dean and Nancy Henderson of Pasadena, Greg Simon of Crockett, Joe Ned Dean of Groveton, Bailey and Wade Reives of Houston, Dustin and Blair Henderson of Houston.

A celebration of life for Bobby Sam Harkins will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2018 in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow in the Corinth Cemetery. Family will receive friends for visitation Tuesday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Houston County Go Texan Scholarship Fund, 317 CR 3107, Crockett, TX  75835 or the Groveton Ex-Student Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 70, Groveton, TX  75845.

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  1. Rest In Peace Bobby Sam. You will be missed greatly love forever

  2. Such a surprise to see that Bobby Sam had passed. I guess I thought he would live forever. God was ready for a new cook. Rest in peace.

  3. RIP Bobby Sam.

  4. I am so sad to hear of Bobby Sam’s passing. I truly thought he would live forever. It’s hard to conceive of a world without him. RIP Bobby Sam!!

  5. A truly funny, talented and wonderful man. You were loved by many and will be missed by all. Fly high with them angels.

  6. I am heartbroken that you will not be at any of the Go Texan events. You will be so missed for your love of life and your willingness to give. RIP God must have wanted some Babbq

  7. R.I.P Bobbie Sam.
    You will be truly missed my many say God Must have needed you More then we did.

  8. I’m going to miss you neighbor. RIP

  9. Thinking of you, Mrs. Enda Lou. I hope you find comfort in knowing how well-loved Bobby Sam was. I doubt there’s a soul ever passed through Groveton who doesn’t have a story and a smile thanks to him.

  10. Another legend is now in Heaven. Always had a smile waiting for you When you showed up at the HLSR. You will be missed but we have such good memories.

  11. Rest in peace my friend. I will catch up with you later.

  12. Keeping you close in heart and in my prayers. Must have had a big event to cook for in heaven! Would stop by Houston County every year hoping to get your mash potato & crawfish recipe! You will be missed my dear friend!

    HLS&R BBQ Contestant Supervisor

  13. We are sorry to hear the Bobby Sam passed away. I will always remember him as a quarterback for the Groveton Indians. Rest in Peace

  14. I am sad to hear about Bobby Sam’s passing. He was a fun guy and lived a full life. I got to know him in my younger days when he was officiating football. He will be missed.

  15. R.I.P.—Good Neighbor and reciepent of my “old red truck”————

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