Sammy Lee Rigdon


Sammy Lee Rigdon
Sammy Lee Rigdon

Sammy Lee Rigdon 5/20/1951 – 10/27/2022

On Thursday, October 27, 2022, Sammy Lee Rigdon, Christian, loving husband, and father of two, passed away at age seventy-one after a valiant battle with Mesothelioma.

Sam was born on May 20, 1951, to Thomas Richardson Rigdon and Nellie Fay

(Busby) Rigdon in Amarillo Texas and was the youngest of six children. He graduated from Caprock High School in 1969 and luckily asked his classmate Debbie Lookingbill to go to Senior Prom. They fell in love and married in 1970. Sam became a building contractor learning the art of carpentry as a young man following in his father’s footsteps. He worked for Wiley Hicks, Page & Wirtz, Reid & Gary Strickland, and in 1975 formed his own company. Leaving his footprint all over the Amarillo area remodeling and building custom homes, Sam Rigdon Construction Company will always be remembered for quality construction and expert craftsmanship.

Sam was best known for his quick-witted humor, dependability, and love for his family. When he wasn’t working, Sam could be found fishing, camping, or showing off his grilling skills. As a person of faith, he lived a life serving others. Always involved in church and volunteer work, Sam’s legacy will be remembered long after his death.

He is preceded in death by his father T.R. Rigdon and his mother Nellie, along with his sister Fay Elrod, sister-in-law Mary Rigdon, and sister-in-law Audrey Rigdon.

Sam is survived by his wife of fifty-two years, Debbie, daughter Carrie Hill and husband Ted of Dallas, and daughter Anna Rigdon of Fort Worth.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at 10 a.m. at Washington Avenue Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Sharing Hope Ministries ( P.O. Box 7160, Amarillo TX 79114), Washington Avenue Christian Church ( 3800 S. Washington Street, Amarillo TX 79110) or Christian Relief Fund (

22 Replies to “Sammy Lee Rigdon”

  1. I’m so, so sorry for this loss. Sam was such a funny, sweet guy. I have lots of fun childhood memories with you all that I will always cherish. It’s definitely going to be different without Sam and Dad around. 🙁 I am sure they are telling jokes and laughing in Heaven…I can just see it now. Love y’all!
    Amanda Wolff

  2. Debbie, I was so sorry to hear of Sams passing, I have such good memories of you both from the Peacemaker days. My prayers for peace and comfort are with the family as you say so long for now to Sam, knowing you will see him again, and for forever!

  3. Mike and I are so saddened by Sam’s passing. We are so grateful to have been with you at the family reunion in Albuquerque. Never dreamed he would be leaving this soon. Hope you and your girls will be comforted by all the good memories you made. You are in our thoughts today.

  4. May you feel God’s presence as you walk through this most difficult time of your life! When we heard the diagnosis you have been in our prayers and will continue to pray for you precious Debbie and your girls! May you feel His mighty Strength every second! God has a new saint in Heaven!!

  5. Debbie I am so sorry to hear this sad news. You two were always admired! My heart sinks – sending prayers for you and your family.
    Lynn Young.

  6. Debbie ~we are both so sorry for your loss.
    What a legacy Sam has left as he made this world a better place.
    Our sincere condolences and prayers to you and your family.
    We love you.
    Rick and Katie Mclemore

  7. Debbie we are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for peace and comfort for you and your family.
    Love, Desiree and Brian Wallace

  8. Debbie I am so sorry for your family loss Sammy was a good man and a good high school friend prayers for you and your family

  9. My deepest condolences to Debbie and their family in the loss of Sam. What a great man! He will be missed by so many family & friends! My prayers go out to each of you!

  10. Debbie, We haven’t seen you and Sam in many years, but you both impacted our lives with your kind hearts and gentle spirits. Sam will be missed by many people. Lifting you and your family up in prayers. Much love, Rose and Preston Boyd.

  11. Debbie, I am so sorry to read about Sam’s death today. I will always remember him for his Christian values, his funny personality and willingness to help others. The pictures posted of your camping trips always looked like y’all were having the time of your life. I remember his devotion and quick wit in our Sunday class at Paramount Terrace. You were the tenderness to his strength, the spark to his soul and forever you will have each other’s love. I know Sam is so proud and grateful how you handled the difficulties of his illness but his gratitude extends to your complete life with him and the love y’all shared and the love y’all shared for family and friends as well. Sam was gifted with one glorious wife. Love you and your family.
    May you feel God’s support on the road ahead. Matthew 28:20. I will be with you always even until the end of the world.

  12. Debbie,
    So heartbroken to hear of Sammy’s passing. He truly was a wonderful man and the two of you appeared so happy and still “in-love”. I’ve known Sammy since first grade at Sanborn and remember he was friendly to everyone. My prayers for you and your family.

  13. Our thoughts and prayers go out for you and the girls Debbie and all your family and friends! I know y’all will be joyously celebrating Sam and his wonderful Godly life! May God wrap you all in comfort and peace! Love y’all! 🙏🙌💞

  14. Debbie,
    Loren and I are so sorry for your loss! We know he is in a wonderful place, but it is so hard to picture our life without him on earth! Prayers for you and the family to have His peace and comfort…
    Loren and Maylene Harder

  15. Dear Debbie, I’m so sorry for your great loss. Sam was an awesome man and will be remembered by many. Your soulmate is at the feet of Jesus with no pain or sickness. Praise the Lord. I’m praying for you and your family.

  16. Debbie, I am so very sad that Sam has left this earth. He was such a neat guy, both handsome and funny. The two of you were a very cute couple. I know you will see him again sometime, but until then I’m sending you hugs and prayers for peace. Love, Deanna

  17. Carrie I am so very sorry for your loss. His obit describes a very honest, hard working, succesful man. PrYingfor a peace in your soul.

    1. DEBBIE,
      I am at a loss for words. I am so sorry to hear this. I wish you and the girls peace and comfort. He will definitely be missed.

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