Andrew Eugene "Gene" Samford
Andrew Eugene “Gene” Samford was born on December 18, 1944, in Jasper, TX to Maurice Hale and Bertie Mae Jackson Samford, and passed from this life December 13, 2021 at the age of 76. After graduating in 1963 from Jasper High School he attended college for engineering in Tyler, TX, and was later hired by the Jasper County highway department as an engineer.
Gene married Carol Jean McDonald on May 29, 1968, and was baptized into Christ that same year. Having been encouraged to preach the gospel, he left the highway department in 1976 and began preaching full-time for the Pineland church of Christ in Pineland, TX.
In 1988, Gene and Carol moved to Rosenberg, TX to preach for the Ave N church of Christ. When Carol developed a chronic illness, Gene faithfully cared for her until her death in 1999. Gene continued preaching for the church in Rosenberg until 2001 when he moved to Crockett, TX to preach for the South Loop church.
In the summer of 2003, Gene met Aleta Stevens Walker of Indianapolis, IN, and they married on February 14, 2004. Aleta’s first husband, John Steven “Steve” Walker of Louisville, KY, passed away March 1, 2002. They had two children, Jacob and Katie Walker.
Gene continued preaching for the South Loop church in Crockett until November 2005 when he and Aleta moved to Rosenberg to preach for the Ave N church a second time until December 2014. In January of 2015, he began preaching for the church of Christ in Kemp, TX until the present.
Gene was preceded in death by his father and mother and his first wife, Carol, and brothers-in-law, Danny McDonald, Luke McDonald, and Dougie Durbin.
He is survived by his wife, Aleta; son, Jacob Walker and wife, Ellen and grandson, Jake; daughter, Katie Walker Soyars and husband, Nick and grandchildren, Levi, Hannah, Micah, Elizabeth, and Rachel; sister, Patricia Ann Samford Smith and husband, Coy; nephew, Steven Smith and wife, Mireya; niece, Lyndi Smith Felan and husband, Kyle; sister-in-law, Suzanne Durbin Swor and husband, R.V; nephew, Douglas Durbin and wife Lori; niece, Mandy Durbin Hardy and husband, Chris; brothers-in-law, Guy McDonald and Ralph McDonald; as well as numerous great nephews and nieces. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Janice Stevens, brother-in-law, Jimmy Stevens and wife, Anne and sister-in-law, Carol Allen and husband, Steve.
I have know Gene for 33 years and I know that he will be missed by all that knew him. I remember going along with Gene to the local prison (Jester 3 Trusty Camp)wher he taught a Bible class for the inmates there.
Richard L Kessler Dec 18 2021 10:43 AM
Aleta, Donna and I send our love and sympathy. We will miss Gene's smile and encouraging attitude and demeanor. We are thankful for his work in God's kingdom through the years and for your vital support as a godly wife. In Christian love, Ron Halbrook
Ron Halbrook Dec 17 2021 5:49 PM
So very sorry for your loss, Aleta. May God give you peace and comfort going forward, knowing you'll see your love one again. God bless you.
Michelle Gifford Dec 16 2021 5:50 PM
I will miss my dear friend, Gene, more than I can say, but you all will miss him even more. You and your dear family are in my family's prayers.
Gene and I first met in Pineland around 1985 (if memory serves), shortly after I had started preaching the gospel. He immediately treated me with the kindness that a young preacher needs for encouragement. Perri and I attended a meeting at Pineland one night, and he and Carol had us over after services. He didn't know me from the man in the moon, but he knew I was a young preacher, and took the opportunity to make me feel part of the Lord's work.
Through the years we developed a much deeper friendship, and one that was equal parts Bible discussions and a shared love for snarky humor. He was one of the funniest people I've ever met. He and I teased each other mercilessly and riffed on some of the most nonsensical topics in the "Gene and Weaks" exchanges. I loved every minute of it, and he did too.
Gene worked diligently for the Lord up until the end, even preaching in the last few weeks, in spite of his weakening health. I admired him for that, but was not at all surprised. It's what I had come to expect from my brother and friend.
Gene was so fortunate to have met and married Aleta. He hit a center field homerun when he did that. You are truly a jewel, sister Aleta.
Perri and Sarah send their condolences along with mine. We love you both and will be thinking of you in the days and weeks to come, Aleta and family.
David Weaks (Perri, and Sarah)
David Weaks Dec 15 2021 10:19 PM
Gene was such a kind and caring soul. Always encouraging. His love for the Lord always first in his heart. His presence will be missed by many. David and I will certainly miss him when we attend service at the Kemp church.
Gena Naylor Dec 15 2021 12:44 PM
I loved the passion he showed as he preached Gods word. He was easy to talk to and as a woman
he never made me feel I shouldn't voice a concern. He has been a
blessing to our congregation. Will truly be missed.
Diane Bookman Dec 15 2021 10:02 AM
So sorry for your loss will be praying for you and wishing Gods peace and comfort be granted to you. We love you.
Ora and Jim Wilson Dec 15 2021 9:42 AM
You are the very first Church of Christ preacher I have ever heard. I can remember saying in my head "what is he saying, I'm so confuse" never heard such preaching before or even seen so many scriptures. Gene is like Superman to me and I am very honored to have met and learned from such a wise, kind and a very funny person.
Julius Quiam Dec 15 2021 3:43 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Andrew Samford
Julius Quiam Dec 15 2021 3:27 AM