Sam GormanABILENE, Tex. (BNc) — Sam Gorman, former missions committee member and World Bible School coordinator for the Baker Heights congregation, passed away Monday morning, Oct. 15, according to John Hanson, missions deacon. Sam was 84.

After a three-week hospitalization for a probable heart attack, and after quickly deteriorating health, Sam had expressed his desire to go on home to be with our Lord.

“He always had his goal in his mind’s eye, no matter what. Typical Sam! What an example!” John said.

For many years, Sam was an integral part of the Baker Heights missions committee and coordinated the local efforts for World Bible School.

The funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Wed., at the Baker Heights building. Burial will take place at 2 p.m. at the Murray Cemetery in Carbon, Tex.

John asked to keep Tincy and their family in your prayers, as well as for the BHCC family.

“This is one of those hard ones to come to grips with, just because of the influence he had on our lives,” he said.

When he was fifteen years old, Sam was invited to church with a neighbor in Baird, and from that time on, he was a faithful Christian. In Abilene, he was a member of the 12th and Chestnut congregation, a founding member of the Southern Hills church, and, for the past 18 years, a faithful member of the Baker Heights church. He served the church as a teacher, a deacon and an elder.

Born July 10, 1928, in Oplin, Tex., Sam was the seventh son of Willie and Amy Gorman. He was an active boy, hunting in the hills of Callahan County with his father and brothers, fishing in the tanks and creeks, and working with the family on the farms and ranches around Baird. It was then that Sam developed his love for the land and cattle that meant so much to him, and he determined to own his own farm someday.

Sam played football for the Baird Bears and was a proud member of the first football team at Cisco Junior College in 1947. It was at CJC that Sam met Tincy Underwood of Carbon, Tex., a fellow student in his math classes, and the woman who would become his wife on Sept. 2, 1950. Sam and Tincy remained side by side through life for 62 years.

Sam signed on with the Texas Highway Department full-time after his graduation from Abilene Christian College in May, 1951, and worked there for the next 37 years. He had a reputation for being a dedicated worker, often arriving first at the job site or in the office. Sam concluded his career as an engineering assistant in the district office.

Sam bought his farm in Eastland County, southeast of Carbon, in 1967. A good steward of the land and his cattle, Sam taught his children and grandchildren the value of hard work and a healthy love and respect for the land.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents, by his brothers Mart, J.D., John Louis, Tommy, Dan and Bill, and his sister, Elsie Sampson. He is survived by his brother Don Gorman of San Angelo, by his loving wife Tincy Gorman of Abilene, by his son Wesley Gorman of Abilene, his daughter Cindy Gregg of Pflugerville, grandsons Jason Gorman and Grant Gorman of Abilene, Taylor Gregg of Abilene and Colt Gregg of Pflugerville, granddaughter Mikalyn Gregg of Pflugerville, and great-grandson Levi Gorman of Abilene, several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends and brothers and sisters in the Lord.

Memorials may be made in Sam’s honor to The Children’s Home of Lubbock, P.O. Box 2824, Lubbock, Tex., 79408.

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

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