Andrew Eugene “Gene” Samford was born Dec. 18, 1944, in Jasper to Maurice Hale and Bertie Mae Jackson Samford and passed from this life Dec. 13, 2021 at the age of 76.
After graduating in 1963 from Jasper High School he attended college for engineering in Tyler and was later hired by the Jasper County highway department as an engineer.
Gene married Carol Jean McDonald 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.
In 1988, Gene and Carol moved to Rosenberg 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 to preach for the South Loop church.
In the summer of 2003, Gene met Aleta Stevens Walker of Indianapolis, Ind. and they married Feb. 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 until the present.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, 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, numerous great-nephews and nieces, mother-in-law Janice Stevens, brother-in-law Jimmy Stevens and wife Anne and sister-in-law Carol Allen and husband Steve.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kemp.
Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. with funeral services following at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021 at the Kemp church of Christ located at 605 S. Main Street in Kemp.
Flowers may be sent to the funeral home by Dec. 17, 2021. After Dec. 17 please send to the church building.