Samuel “Sammy” Jackson – Texas Racing Commission


At times like this people often ask what they can do for the family.  Sammy’s mother has made it easy for us!  To honor his memory, she asked if his friends and co-workers would send their favorite story or memory.  She would like to share these with others at the service in Vinton.
Although time is very short, please consider honoring her request by emailing your response to Jean Cook.  Jean will put them all together to present to her at the funeral. 

FYI, we are planning to also honor Sammy by having a gathering in Austin in December – will let everyone know when those plans are finalized  and for those who are planning to send flowers, we have just learned that due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the florist needs to have orders no later than Tuesday, November 23rd.

Thank you, Texas Racing Commission


A memorial service for Sammy has been scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 29, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (337-589-7358) located at 1502 Industrial St. in Vinton, LA.  The Mass will be preceded by a Rosary at 10:30 a.m. and followed by a reception in the parish hall.  The nearest florist in Vinton is Cabbage Patch Flowers & Gifts (337-589-2256).  The family suggests that any memorial donations be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and designated for Masses in Sammy’s name or the building fund.  Condolences for Sammy’s mother Jackie, brother Eddy or sister Kathy may be sent c/o Kathy Jackson, 5795 Broussard Rd., Vinton, LA, 70668.


The TGA is deeply saddened by the passing of Samuel “Sammy” Jackson, Texas Racing Commission, who was a friend of the greyhounds. Below is an email we received this morning:

All of us at the Texas Racing Commission lost a dear friend and valued coworker Monday evening with the passing of Samuel “Sammy” Jackson. With his family at his side, Sammy passed away yesterday at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center after a prolonged illness. Sammy held a variety of positions with the Texas Racing Commission since joining the agency in 1994, and most recently served as the Deputy Director for Finance and Wagering. Sammy was admired for his sense of humor and his encyclopedic knowledge of pari-mutuel issues, both within our agency and throughout the racing industry. Sammy will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.