Sam Terry McCormick

December 7, 1942 ~ July 10, 2021

Sam Terry McCormick, 78, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Lake Charles, Louisiana on July 10, 2021.

He was born in Brownsville, Texas on December 7, 1942 to the late Sam Terrill McCormick and Clara Catherine Bennett McCormick.

His younger years were spent in Kingsville, Texas. His childhood interests included model rockets, Lionel trains, chemistry sets, reading books about space and adventure, baseball, football, and weight-lifting.

He graduated from King High in 1961 and went on to graduate from Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

He began his career with Dow Chemical Corporation in Houston, Texas. As his professional career progressed, he was employed by numerous Chemical Corporations and Engineering Firms as a Senior Process Engineer. He specialized in and was noted for his wide-ranging expertise in Polyethylene, Liquid Fuels, Hazardous Waste, and Safety.

In 1968 he met the love of his life, Beverly Jane Santora through Maratronics, one of the first computer dating services in Houston, Texas. They were a strong, formidable match and worked well together. What was missing in one was abundant in the other. They enjoyed many happy and adventurous years together.

Terry served as an usher, Finance Committee Coordinator, or Sunday School teacher for several United Methodist churches over the years. He volunteered for Boy Scouts of America and Indian Guides. He achieved the Champion Blood Donor level and he donated many gallons of blood over this lifetime. He successfully coached both of his son’s Little League Baseball teams to win the KWAA World Series Championships in Omaha, Nebraska. He won the “Best Looking Cowboy Contest” in the 1987 River City Roundup in Omaha, Nebraska. He was the navigator and driver on many wonderful, educational, and adventurous family vacations all over the United States. He had a close and loving bond with his devoted pet companions of Rocco, Bandit, and special Dakota. He enjoyed the music of Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, and Roy Orbison and also enjoyed watching James Bond movies.

Terry was a gentleman, intelligent, private, reserved, quiet, steadfast, dignified, and honorable.

He was welcomed into Heaven on July 10, 2021 by his beloved parents. He will be remembered as a loving, caring, devoted, and supportive husband, father, grandfather, son, and brother.

Those left to cherish his memory; his beloved wife of 52 years, Beverly Jane Santora McCormick; two sons, Scott Terrance McCormick of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Brad Bennett McCormick and wife Anja Ludewig McCormick of Dallas, Texas; two adorable granddaughters, Mia Ludewig McCormick and Iya Ludewig McCormick of Dallas, Texas; and one brother, Michael Bennett McCormick of Austin, Texas.

He was buried at a private family service at Consolata Cemetery in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Terry will always be loved, forever missed, and never forgotten.

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