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Sam Black

After leaving his furniture business in Alice, Texas in 1962, Sam Black moved to Tyler to open the first Whataburger’s in East Texas. After a successful operation of several Whataburger’s in the area over the years, he decided to return to his first passion of selling furniture and in 1975, opened Sam’s Office Furniture Outlet on Old Henderson Hwy. He successfully operated the store into his early nineties. At that time, he began leasing the buildings allowing his name to be used to continue the business to this day. Sam Black died at the age of 101.