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Sam Bruce

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Samuel Earl Bruce, age 68, of Crockett, passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2018 in Angel Fire, NM. He was born December 29, 1949 in Crockett to Huelin Bruce and Dorothy Irene Currie Bruce. Sam graduated from Crockett High School in 1968, excelling in basketball and after graduation played for Angelina College’s first basketball team. He graduated from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor’s degree. Sam was an Insurance Agent for Farm Bureau Insurance Company before starting his own agency, Bruce, Dean and Shaver Insurance. He attended Harvest Church and also Moreno Valley Church of Christ.  He loved his family, cooking for them was a big enjoyment especially boiling crawfish and frying fish which catching the fish was one of his longtime hobbies. Sam fought a courageous battle with paralysis after his accident eleven years ago, October 1, 2007 with dignified strength and was always willing to go see and be with his grandchildren during their activities. Their Doodah was always a part of their life even until the end.

Sam is survived by wife of 44 years, Sandy Bruce of Crockett; daughter, Jenni Bruce of Angel Fire, N. M.; grandchildren, Averi Wichers, Nate Wichers and Noah Wichers of Angel Fire, N. M.; sisters, Pat Jones and husband, Don of Crockett, Dr. Lena Bruce and husband, Mike Straight of Texas City; brother, Larry Bruce and wife, Sara of Kennard; sisters-in-law, Debbie McCall of Crockett, Tonya Platt of Crockett, Pattie Tyer and husband, David of Crockett; father-in-law, Arlon Platt of Latexo; special aunt, Margie Currie of Kennard; uncles, Huett Bruce of Grapeland, J. C. Bruce of Grapeland; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. He is preceded by son, Justin Bruce; father, Huelin Bruce; mother, Dorothy Currie Bruce; mother-in-law, Dorothy Platt.

Funeral services for Samuel Earl Bruce will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 1, 2018 in the Harvest Church with Brother Dennis Ivey and Brother Larry Bruce officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park.

Family will receive friends for visitation Sunday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Callaway-Allee Funeral Home

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Spinal Cord Injury TIRR Hermann Memorial Hospital, Houston, TX.

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  1. So sad about Sam passing away and he will be missed. My heart is heavy and I know there are many that feel the same way. I hope he is remembered as to how he made everyone around him smile. Such a character and so special. There was no limit to his humor. There was no limit as to his skills playing basketball back in the day. There was no limit as to how outstanding Sam was as an outstanding person. Prayers to Sandy, Jennie, Larry, Pat, his grand children and all his family. Rest in Peace Sam.

  2. Jenni, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for you and all your family.

  3. Sam will be missed by everyone who knew him. He was full of life and brought laughter to every situation. Prayers to his family. Now rest my friend!

  4. So sorry for your loss. Sam was such a nice person to be around growing up. He will be missed by so many. My thoughts and Prayers are you all. R.I.P. Sam

  5. Sandy, my Mother and I send our thoughts and prayers to offer comfort during this difficult time. May you and your family find peace in your beliefs and comfort in all your friends that are near. Mary Mims Edwards and Betty Mims Watts

  6. Holding your family close in my heart.

    Prayers & deep appreciation for y’all.

  7. Sandy and family,
    Rhonda and I are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers today and forward. Sam was a ray of sunshine with that smile and laughter. Fishing with him was a joy and always a day of fun.
    He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him past and present.
    Love to you and your family,
    Jay and Rhonda Garrett

  8. Sandy My prayers and thoughts of sympathy and comfort are for and your family. Praying for God to give you strengh And help through this difficult time

  9. So sorry for your loss. May Gods arms surround you with love and bring you peace. May the many precious memories bring you comfort and sustain you during this sad time.

  10. Larry,Pat and the family my sister Sherleain Bridges and I Joyce Timmons send our prayers and condolences to confort you at this time. We’re Robbie (Ray) Johnson’s daughters from Beria.

  11. I knew Sam as Sammy at Kennard High School. I was known then as Martha Creath.
    Sammy was always polite, nice and an all-around good guy. When I graduated in ’66, of course I lost touch with many students and didn’t know he had transferred to Crockett HS. Regardless, I remember Sammy as one great guy! Condolences to the entire family.

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