Sammy Wayne Ford

Sammy Wayne Ford passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Sammy was born April 20, 1936 in Berlin, Oregon and came to Brownsville with his parents in 1937.  Sammy attended El Jardin and graduated from Brownsville High School in 1955.  He also attended the University of Nebraska.

Sammy served in the U.S. Air force for 4 1/2 years in Strategic Air Control and was active in the Naval Reserves for 4 years.  He returned to Brownsville after his military service.  He married Naydene Goode in 1963.  He later worked for Halliburton Foreign Service.  Upon his return to Texas he started his own rental business.  He and Naydene operated it for 30 years, first as Taylor Rental and later as Brownsville Rental Center.  They moved to South Padre Island in 1995 and Sammy retired there in 2003.

He was preceded in death by his father Karl M. Ford, his stepmother Theo Ford, his mother Correta Gunn Wilkerson and stepfather Tom Wilkerson and son James Ray Ford.

Sammy leaves behind Naydene, his beloved wife of nearly 51 years, his faithful dog Casey, his daughter Cheryl Stevens, his son Michael Ford, a granddaughter Vanessa Ford, sisters Shirley McKinney and Joyce Beeding, brother Glen Wilkerson and several nieces and nephews.

Sammy loved music and was a fabulous dancer, an avid fisherman and a great cook.  He was constantly in search of unique or different cookbooks and amassed an impressive collection.  He especially enjoyed preparing meat on his Green Egg.

His love of adventure resulted in a contract with Halliburton which took the family to Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia.  The travel continued with numerous rental conventions, RV trips and other family trips.

Sammy will be deeply missed by his family and all of his many friends.  He was a prankster, a great storyteller and had a quick wit.  He had the unique ability to see the humor in most situations and could always make people laugh.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 17 at 3:30 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home in Brownsville, Texas. (956) 350-8485.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to either Sunny Glen Children’s Home, PO Box 1373, San Benito, TX 78586 or Brownsville Animal Defense Fund, c/o Tessie Sarmiento, 35 Calle Cenizo, Brownsville, TX 78520.

 

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