Samuel “Sammy” Raymond Ruggles, Sr.

January 13, 1947 - April 22, 2023

Samuel “Sammy” Raymond Ruggles, Sr., 76, of Kirbyville, died Saturday, April 22, 2023. He was born on January 13, 1947, in Silsbee, to Hazel Jane Hoke Ruggles and John Theophelus Ruggles.

Sammy served as the Chief of Police for Kirbyville for thirty-two years, after retiring he worked as a bailiff for Jasper County.

Survivors include his children, Crissy Gentry and her husband, Carl, of Kirbyville; Ray Ruggles and his wife, Lacy, of Saratoga Springs, Utah; and Billy Ruggles of Kirbyville; grandchildren, Catelyn Gentry; Caleb Gentry and his wife, Celine; Cuyler Gentry; Cara Gentry; Tray Ruggles and his wife, Azriel; Rylee Ruggles; and Triston Ruggles; great-grandchildren, Atticus, Gabby, Azmay, and Carmen; siblings, Johnny Guy Ruggles and his wife, Ruby; Robert Aaron Ruggles and his wife, Patty; and Jack Herman Ruggles and his wife, Betty, all of Silsbee. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Bobbie Joyce Ruggles; siblings, Gladys Jane Lawson, Hazel Louise Ruggles, Frank Charles Ruggles, and Eda Davis.

A gathering of Mr. Ruggles family and friends will begin at 1:00 p.m., with his funeral service at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 29, 2023, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 8622 Highway 418 West, Silsbee, with his interment to follow at Turner Branch Cemetery, Spurger under the direction of Broussard’s, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee.

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Gathering of Family and Friends

  • April 29, 2023
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Funeral Service

  • April 29, 2023
  • 2:00 pm


  • April 29, 2023

Comments (4)

    Tricia Rash says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Sammy is going to be missed by so many of us the grew up in Kirbyville while he was chief.

    Alishia Forse Robin says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss Sammy was like a part of my family in the publics eyes.
    He always had a smile everytime I seen him. I’ve got wonderful memories of him an my father from many many year’s ago . He will be missed , I know what ya”ll are going through and you’re in my prayers and thoughts .
    Alishia Forse Robin

    Archie Nelson says:

    Sorry for your loss he will be greatly missed

    Ruby Bell says:

    Sincere condolences to your family. I am so very sorry for your loss. May God provide the necessary peace and comfort to your family and friends during this difficult time. Please remember these words of encouragement from the Bible: “ Jesus plainly told her: “I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.” —John 11:20-25.

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