Tankersley Funeral Home began operations on August 1, 1985. Sam Tankersley is the funeral director in charge and handles day to day operations along with his wife, Tena. He graduated from Knox City High School and then attended the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, graduating in 1972. He received his funeral director's license in 1973 and embalmer's license in 1974. Sam has resided in Stamford since 1973. Tena was born and raised in the Ericksdahl community 10 miles east of Stamford. She graduated from Lueders-Avoca High School and attended Texas Tech University. Tena relocated to Stamford in 1976. The Tankersleys attend Bethel Lutheran Church in Ericksdahl.