Sam Houston III

November 4, 1948October 19, 2018
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Sam Houston III, beloved husband, father, grandpa, uncle, and brother went to be with the Lord October 19, 2018. Sam was born November 4, 1948 to Sam and Helen Houston in Ft. Worth, Texas. He was head strong, fearless and full of life even as a child. He loved to ride his bicycle, hunt, and pester his older sister, Linda. He was active in the Boy Scouts, earning the Eagle Scout Badge and Scouting Order of the Arrow. After he graduated from high school, Sam enlisted in the Army and served for three years during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the 101st Airborne and Military Police. He then became a police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department. It was during this time, he met and married Vicki Maxwell and had two children, Chip and Courtney Lea. He attended Corpus Christi State University and received a BS in Criminal Justice. Shortly after graduation he went to work for Citgo Refining Co. One of his proudest accomplishments with Citgo was making a supervisor at Citgo. Sam loved life. He loved to hunt, fish, ranch, enjoyed woodworking and photography. He loved sunshine, calves, puppies, thunder and lightning, seeing people happy, chocolate, music, traveling, muscle cars and a good bourbon. But most of all, he loved his family. He loved watching his children grow up to become wonderful, respected, loving adults. His proudest family memories were coaching his son in baseball, watching his children play sports, watching both kids graduate from high school and then college. He loved having a son-in-law, Jason Elliott and the blessing of three grandchildren, Brendan, Leighton and Aubrey. He was extremely proud of his son, Chip when he began his career coaching and teaching. We traveled to Houston to watch him coach baseball and football. He was proud of his daughter, Courtney for her loving generous spirit and giving him three grandchildren. He loved his three grandchildren and all the activities they participated in. He didn’t miss very many birthday parties, baseball games, football games or volleyball games and was their biggest fan. Family was always his first priority. Sam and Vicki loved to travel and try new adventures, such as snowboarding in Tahoe and whitewater rafting in New Mexico and horseback riding in the mountains of Montana. He loved his wife, Vicki, unconditionally and deeply. We will miss his quick wit, generosity, kindness and the loving man he was. He is survived by his wife, Vicki, his son, Sam Houston IV, his daughter, Courtney Elliott and her husband Jason and three grandchildren, Brendan, Leighton, and Aubrey. He also leaves his sister, Linda Griffin and husband, Gene, his mother-in-law, Phyllis Maxwell, sister-in-law Debbie Conner and husband John, and brother-in-law Kenny Maxwell and wife Beth and numerous nephews and nieces.


  • Vicki Houston, Wife
  • Sam Houston IV, Son
  • Courtney Elliott, Daughter
  • Jason Elliott, Son-in-law
  • Brendan Elliott, Grandchild
  • Leighton Elliott, Grandchild
  • Aubrey Elliott, Grandchild
  • Linda Griffin, Sister
  • Gene Griffin, Brother-in-law
  • Phyllis Maxwell, Mother-in-law
  • Debbie Conner, Sister-in-law
  • John Conner, Brother-in-law
  • Kenny Maxwell, Brother-in-law
  • Beth Maxwell, Sister-in-law
  • Sam is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces.


  • Gathering Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Interment Monday, November 5, 2018

Sam Houston III

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Danny Hennigan

November 19, 2018

Little did I know one day when I pulled up to the south boat launch at Mathis State Park and found Sam looking at his outboard, with a worried look, that would be the start of a great friendship. Sam was a very good friend for whom I would do anything. He always had my back. I enjoyed his stories he was ready to tell at the drop of a hat. Sam was great person who blessed my life with his counsel and friendship.

Miss Vicki, Courtney and Chip the service was the most beautiful service I have ever attended and so full of love. I know Sam was, and is, looking down from above and so proud of his entire family. If you find yourself missing him just start talking to him and know that he hears you. The kind of love you all shared transcends death. May God Bless you all.



He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Sam will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Simply stated, Sam was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Sam leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories.