Sam Louis Attebury-July 12, 2011

Sam Louis Attebury, 80, of Amarillo died on Tuesday, July 12, 2011.
Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Howard K. Batson officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Sam Louis Attebury was born on July 27, 1930 to Arnold Gentry Attebury and Lula Vivian Dunn Attebury in Amarillo, Texas.  He attended Wolflin Elementary School, Elizabeth Nixon Jr. High and graduated from Amarillo High School in 1948.  He was in ROTC and was Co-Captain of the Sandie football team in 1947 and also made the All District Team.  Sam went on to the University of Oklahoma and received a BBA in Finance in 1952.   He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity while at OU.
Sam joined the United States Air Force and served from August 1952 until August 1954 and continued in the Air Force Reserves until 1966.  In his military career he was promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to Captain and received the National Defense Service Medal.  While stationed at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas, he attended a Christmas party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gillis Johnson.  Sam loved to meet and talk to meet new people including the Johnson’s oldest daughter, Julianne.  Soon Sam made the smartest proposal of his life, which led to their wedding on April 14, 1956 and a marriage that lasted until Julianne’s death on May 29, 2008.
Sam returned to Amarillo and joined his father and brother in the grain storage business.  Attebury Grain, LLC is the fifth largest independent grain storage company in the nation with over 60 operating facilities and over 160 million bushels of storage space in country elevators, terminals and sub-terminals located in the Panhandle, North Texas, southern Oklahoma and New Mexico.  Sam built the company on hard work, good service and dedicated employees.  Those assets contributed to the company’s reputation, provided a service and a market for the farmers, and contributed to American agriculture’s ability to feed the nation and the world.
Sam served in the following capacities for the Panhandle Grain & Feed Association: Vice-President 1961-62, President 1962-63, Director 1963-64 and 1969-71.   He served as a Director of the National Grain & Feed Association from 1965-1971.
The Transportation, Elevator, and Grain Merchants Association members (TEGMA) honored Sam with the Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award on January 28, 2010.  In accepting the award Sam said the company had been successful in coping with times of adversity and was able to expand when there was an opportunity.  In characteristic humility, he praised his talented management staff for their abilities to recognize changes and grow with them.
In April 2010 the Texas Grain & Feed Association also honored Sam with its highest honor “The Lone Star Award” for service and achievement in the industry.  He served as a Director of the Association from 1970-1972.
He remained active in the business until his health declined but he still had his passion for the grain business and regularly attended board meetings until his passing.
He also inherited a passion for land from his father; Sam started Rockrose Development, a land development company, which started and grew the Westover Park, Westover Village, The Colonies and City View subdivisions.
Sam strongly believed that hard work is important to successful business and a productive life, in part so you are tired at the end of the day, sleep well at night, and don’t have time to get into trouble.
Sam loved his family and also loved to help other people; he especially liked to give people and churches an opportunity to grow, serve and prosper, which he did on many occasions.  Sam loved to make a deal and especially loved making a good deal.  In his prime he played handball, racquetball and jogged.  He was a big tease and loved a good practical joke.  Sam had several nicknames during his life including “Little Preacher” and the most well known of all “Good Sam”.   Although Sam considered himself average and said he was a “plodder”, he had a wonderful memory and truly tried to think all things through to their fullest extent.
Sam was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Julianne Johnson Attebury, a daughter Josephine Estella Attebury, an infant granddaughter Julianne Noel Prescott and his brother William Hugh (Bill) Attebury and a brother-in-law Graham Purcell.
Survivors include: his daughter Suzanne Boyce and husband William C. Boyce of Amarillo, his two grandsons: Zane Calum Prescott and William C. Boyce, Jr. both of Amarillo, a sister Nancy Attebury Purcell of Wichita Falls, 3 sisters-in-law Joyce Attebury of Amarillo, Estella Johnson of Fort Worth and Josephine Franzheim of Dallas, ten precious nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren, as well as several close cousins.
The family wishes to express our heart-felt appreciation to Janice Van Note, all the nurses and doctors, BSA Hospice and the Goodcare Health Services for caring for Sam at home and during his last days and all the employees, family and friends  who have worked for, loved and supported Sam and his family throughout the years and especially throughout  these last few weeks.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to a charity or scholarship of your choice or one of the following:  Another Chance House 209 S. Jackson,  Amarillo, TX 79101, Martha’s Home 1204 S.W. 18th , Avenue Amarillo, TX 79102, or The Sam Attebury Memorial Scholarship c/o WTAMU Ag Dept,   P.O. Box  60766  Canyon, TX 79016

0 Replies to “Sam Louis Attebury-July 12, 2011”

  1. I consider myself lucky to have known Sam, and honored that I had the opportunity to do business with Sam over the years. I have pleasant memories of Sam. He will be missed. My sympathy goes out to his family, and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Our condolences and prayers for the Attebury family. Sam was a very kind man. He will be greatly missed.

  3. It was a very pleasant privilege to work with Sam. Sam had endless knowledge about the development business.

  4. Suzanne,
    A great man leaves behind an even greater family and business to follow in his footsteps. Earth’s loss is heaven’s gain! Our Love, Dianne and Gary Doty

  5. The members of Greater Lubbock Chapter of Military Officers Association of America salute Sam Attebury. We admire and respect him for his valiant military service for our country.
    David Cummins
    LTC JAGC-USA ret.
    COL 4th U.S. Army Cavalry Regiment (Memorial Association)

  6. Dear Suzanne and William,
    Our condolence to you and your family. Please reassure Will and Zane that grandpa will watch over them as they grow and mature.
    With my deepest sympathy,
    Sincerely,
    Shu Shum

  7. Suzanne, I am sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Your Dad was an Amazing Man!

  8. Suzanne, I first had the honor of getting to know your Dad, when I cared for your Grandmother Vivian. Then again, when I cared for your Mother at Ware. I just wanted to let you and your family know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. It has been a pleasure to have known Sam for so many years. He will be dearly missed.

  10. Sam was loved and respected by all of this friends. God’s blessings for the Attebury family.

  11. Suzanne, it was such a pleasure to get to know you and your family while your sweet mother was with us at Ware. You were blessed with wonderful parents! You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. It’s with great respect and sorry that we send our sencere condolences to the Attebury family. Sam was an icon of the grain business. May God continue to bless and watch over your family.
    Sincerely,
    Robert Tempel
    WindRiver Grain

  13. Suzanne you know how I felt about your Mother and it goes for your Dad as well. I loved them both so much and they will be sorely missed…..May God be with and bless the Attebury families at this VERY difficult time.

  14. William and Suzanne,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your precious family.
    Sincerely,
    Jim and Nell Prowell

  15. My mother worked for Sam and Julie for many Years and says it was a privilege and honor to get to work for them and to know them… They will be dearly missed.. May God bless the Attebury Family

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