Archie Morris Samford, Jr  Obit

Panola Co. Cemeteries of TX

Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home

 November 21, 1948-November 30, 2008

Funeral services for Mr. Archie Morris Samford, Jr., 60 of Carthage, will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 3, 2008, at the First United Methodist Church in Carthage with Reverend Paul Thomasson and Pastor Leah Hanks officiating under the direction of Jimerson-Lipsey Funeral Home. Entombment will follow in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery near Carthage with Father Michael Adams officiating. The family received friends from 5 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Mr. Samford passed away on Sunday morning, November 30, 2008, in Longview. 
Archie Morris Samford, Jr. was born on November 21, 1948 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Archie Morris and Annie Zelia Trichel Samford. He graduated from Carthage High School with the class of 1967 and went to Stephen F. Austin State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1978. He graduated from South Texas College of Law with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1983. Mr. Samford worked as a lawyer in Carthage, where he was a former member of the Carthage Noon Lions Club. Mr. Samford was elected Panola County Attorney in 1985 and 1989. He was elected Panola County Criminal District Attorney in 1993. In 1981, he was inducted into the Delta Law Fraternity International. He lived most of his life in Carthage and was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he was also a member of the Loyal Sons Sunday School Class and the Methodist Men. Mr. Samford was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, John Cole.
Mr. Samford is survived by his father and mother, Morris and Ann Samford of Carthage; one son, Archie Morris Samford, III of Carthage; one sister, Barbara Cole of Carthage; one nephew, Michael Cole of Austin; and one niece, Catherine Cole of Spring.
Serving as pallbearers are Danny Buck Davidson, Ken Hill, Steve Mahaffey, Robert Underwood, David Jeter, and Drew Nixon.
If desired, memorials may be made to Mission Carthage, 1324 W. Sabine, Carthage, Texas 75633.
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