Henry Huie, who opened Sam's Deli Diner with his brother Sam in 1975, passed away last Friday, March 28 after suffering a heart attack. He was 57 years old. According to accounts, Huie died doing what he loved: working the grill at the West Houston burger institution.
Fans of Sam's Deli Diner, which began its life in a small strip center on Old Katy Road, flooded the restaurant's Facebook page with condolences for the Huie family this week. Sam's was well-known in the West Houston community for its support of local high schools in Spring Branch and Katy ISDs, decorating both locations with pennants and other sports paraphernalia from the schools. Conversely, both locations were popular post-game and after-school destinations for students and parents alike.
After Sam and Henry left their small spot on Old Katy Road in 2005, where generations of neighborhood kids grew up on their cheeseburgers and generous scoops of Blue Bell ice cream, they moved across the freeway to a much larger corner spot at I-10 and Kirkwood. In 2010, the brothers opened a second location in Katy on Pin Oak.
Funeral services for Henry Huie will be held this Saturday, April 5 at the Memorial Oaks Funeral Home at 13001 Katy Freeway. Visitation will take place at 11:30 a.m. with the funeral service following at 12:30 p.m.