Obituary of Sammy Tise - Cemetery book co-compiler
- Obituary of Sammy Tise
Victoria Advocate Online
11 Jan 2003
January 11, 2003
Sammy Tise was born March 23, 1934 in Eagle Lake, Texas to Lee "Doc"
and Etta Mae Kessler Tise. He was raised by his Grandmother, Nettie
Tise, and an uncle, Roy Tise. Sammy was preceded in death by his
parents, grandmother and uncle as well as two brothers, Charles
Roy "Buddy" Tise and infant James Ray Tise. Still surviving are
Sammy's three other brothers, Bobby Earl Tise, Joe Tise and Clarence
Lee Tise and two sisters, Nettie Elizabeth Tise Barfield and Gracie
Jean Tise Pearson as well as a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews,
cousins, and other family and friends.
Sammy is also survived by his wife of 46 years, Barbara Joann Smith
Tise. They were wed on June 22, 1956. Sammy and Barbara were blessed
with two children, Kathy Joann and Bertice Lee. Kathy lives in Edna
with her husband, Al Miska and their children, Samantha Joann Miska
and Layci Jayne Miska. Bert and his wife, La'Arnie O'Neal Tise,
reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico with their children, Steven Gregory
Tise and Joshua Michael Tise. The Tises were also honored to have a
Norwegian exchange student "son" who lived with them from 1976-1977.
Geir Eriksen of Kongsvinger, Norway lives with his wife Ellen Mette
and their two boys, Sindre and Tord.
After graduation from Eagle Lake High School, Mr. Tise began working
for Tenneco Oil Company in 1954 and, with the exception of his
service in the United States Army, continued working for Tenneco for
36 years. He retired from Tenneco in September 1990. Sammy was
appointed as Justice of the Peace, Lavaca County, precinct 1 in 1995
and continued to serve as Justice of the Peace until June 1997.
Serving his country from 1956 -1962, Sammy served in the United
States Armed Forces. He was a member of the 62nd Military Police
Highway Patrol and was honorably discharged as a Specialist 4.
In August 1966 Sammy earned an Associates in Arts degree and a
certificate of Business Administration from San Jacinto Junior
College. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree
from Southern State College in Magnolia, Arkansas in August 1973.
After retirement, Mr. Tise received a Bachelor of Science degree in
Criminal Justice from The University of Houston, Victoria, Texas in
Sammy founded Tise Genealogical Research and published numerous
volumes of cemetery records in Lavaca, Aransas and Wharton counties.
His most celebrated work, however, was Texas County Sheriffs. In
addition to being an accomplished historian and author, Sammy Tise
was active in many community and church organizations including
Future Farmers of America, student scholarship programs, the Scottish
Rite Masons and was an honorary lifetime member of the La Porte,
Texas Police Reserves and the Texas Sheriff's Association. He was
active in Lavaca County Crime Stoppers, and was a volunteer for St.
Nicholas Ministries and Lavaca Assistance Ministry Body (L.A.M.B.) in
Mr. Tise was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Hallettsville,
Texas from 1980 - 2001 and joined St. Paul Lutheran Church after
moving to Edna in 2001. While at St. Peter, Sam was on the church
council and various other committees and organizations.
Sammy was called to his Heavenly home on January 9, 2003. Services
are under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home (782-3271). Visitation
with family will be at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Hallettsville,
Texas on Saturday, January 11 from 7-9 PM. Services will be Sunday,
January 12, 2003 at 2:00 PM, also at St. Peter Lutheran Church.
Graveside Service: 5 PM Sunday, January 12, 2003 at Red Bluff
Cemetery, Lolita, Texas. Pall Bearers will be Fred Wilson, Harvey
Renger, Jr., M.D., Wayne Dupree, Bob Anderson, Leonard Perkins and
Luther Lorfing. Honorary Pall Bearers are members of the 62nd
Military Police Highway Patrol.
In lieu of floral remembrances, memorials for Sammy Tise may be made
to St. Paul Lutheran "Wee Disciples" Preschool, 108 E. Gayle St.,
Edna, Texas 77957 or Hospice of South Texas, 1908 N. Laurent, Suite
430, Victoria, Texas 77901.
Thanks be to God for Sammy's life and his salvation in Jesus Christ!