Funeral services for retired Senior Master Sgt. Samuel M. Hickman will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen.

Mr. Hickman died Sept. 20, 2013, in Killeen. He was born March 29, 1923, in Austin.

Sam was in the Army Air Corps and U.S. Air Force. He served in World War II, with the unit that supported Normandy, and the Korean War. He was also in Vietnam and was under direct attack during the Tet Offensive.

Additionally, he served in two occupational forces in Germany and Japan. He loved serving his country and was especially proud of earning senior master sergeant.

When Mr. Hickman retired from the Air Force, he joined the Social Security Administration as a SSI counselor. He loved the job so much that he worked until the age of 79.

He loved helping people and giving them needed assistance.

He loved playing golf and had a 1 handicap most of his golfing career. He was in the “Hole in One Club” and earned second place in the Strategic Air Command’s tournament.

Mr. Hickman was preceded in death by his wife, Mart Lee Hickman, and eight siblings.

Survivors include his sons, Terry and Vann; a daughter, Pam Talamentez; one sister; his grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers are grandsons,Stephen Riley, Jeff Hickman, Eric Talamentez, Josh Talamentez, Stanley Steed; and great-grandsons Logan Steed and Tyler Steed.

Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen.

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