Ben Samford -UPDATED


Ben Samford 85, of Center, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Green Acres Nursing Home after a short illness.
Memorial Service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Short Methodist Church in Center with Pastor Sherry Harding officiating and military honors given by VFW Post 8904. 
He was born November 22, 1931 to Clarence and Polly Ford Samford.  He was a graduate of Center High School and graduated Lamar University School of Vocation with honors. He was also a life member of Iota Lambda Sigma fraternity and a life member of VFW Post 8904. A lifelong resident of Center, he served in the US Army and he was a veteran of the Korean War and had a career with various law enforcement agencies in and out of Shelby County. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and an associate member of Short Methodist Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Polly Samford, brother Clarence Ford Samford and sister-in-laws, Janell Samford and Ann Samford.
He is survived by:
Bette Samford of Center
C.A. Samford & wife, Connie of Denton
Benjamin Samford of Denton
William Samford of Center
Brother-in-law and sister in law:
Claude and Bonnie Lucas of Center 
Numerous Nieces, Nephews, and Friends
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Methodist Children's Home
You may sign the online registry book at
Services are under the direction of Mangum Funeral Home Center, Texas


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