“When you invest your time, you make a goal and a decision of something that you want to accomplish. Whether it's to make good grades in school, be a good athlete, be a good person, go down and do some community service and help somebody who's in need, whatever it is you choose to do, you're investing your time in that.” - Nick Saban, Coach
Coach Nick Saban’s words couldn’t be more true about Sam and Tena Tankersley. Both of them have deep roots in Stamford, and on July 31st they will celebrate one of their strongest ties to the community, the 30th anniversary of Tankersley Funeral Home.
When reflecting back on their years of service Sam and Tena say, “For three decades, we have strived to provide compassion and care for the families in Stamford and the surrounding communities.
Building a connection within the community and earning the trust of the families we work with are important aspects to us, and we hope to continue to provide the same quality of service for years
As the funeral director in charge, Sam handles the day to day operations along with his wife, Tena. Sam was reared and educated in Knox City prior to attending the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, graduating in 1972. He received his funeral director’s license in 1973 and embalmer’s license in 1974. In 2010, Sam was elected President of the West Texas Funeral Directors Association and to the Board of Directors of the Texas Funeral Directors Association.
Tena was born and raised in the Ericksdahl community and attended school at Lueders-Avoca and Texas Tech University. Sam and Tena became residents of Stamford in 1973 and 1976, respectively. The Tankersleys are members of the Bethel Lutheran Church in Ericksdahl.
Sam and Tena stated, “We have a vested interest in this community. We are here to care for our friends and our family during their times of grief. We strive to meet the needs of each and every family that passes through our doors. Thank you for your 30 years of patronage and friendship.”