Mr. Gilbert Lane Sampson was born February 21, 1938 and departed this life for his heavenly home on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at the age of 83. He was preceded in death by his parents: Mr. James Albert Sampson and Mrs. Zettie Belle Sanderson; his first wife: Mrs. Nancy M. Sampson and his son: Mr. Glenn E. Sampson.
The funeral will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Harpers Ferry Baptist Church with Revs: Lawrence Garner and Donald Bullard officiating. Burial will follow in the Lumbee Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Sampson was born an Indian of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina where he grew up in Pembroke, NC and attended the public schools of Robeson County. He was a 1958 graduate of Pembroke State University earning a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Chemistry. He also earned a M.A. in Mathematics Education from the University of Arkansas and a Ph. D. in Mathematics Education from New York University. He was a professor of Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke for 42 years where he served as Chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department from 1982 to 2002. Like his father, Mr. James A. Sampson, and his grandfather, Mr. Oscar R. Sampson, he possessed a dedication to advancing his tribe and heritage through his tireless commitment to education. He was a devout Christian and a member of Harpers Ferry Baptist Church of Pembroke, where he taught the Adult Sunday School class for most of his life and led the congregation through devotion. His love of family, devotion to Christ, and dedication to education touched many lives and he will be remembered always in the hearts of his family, friends, and students.
Mr. Sampson is survived by his wife: Mrs. Annell G. Sampson; four sons: Mr. Gregory L. Sampson (Kristin), Mr. Christopher S. Sampson, Mr. Daniel O. Sampson (Ana), Mr. Clifton B. Lowry (Mary); five daughters: Mrs. Juliana S. Feltz (Matthew), Mrs. Cornelia McClure (Bud), Mrs. Chocajuana McCorkle (Doug), Mrs. Princess Natula Locklear (Billy), Mrs. Tamer Oxendine (Brandon); 15 grandchildren; two brothers: Mr. William Sampson and Mr. Spencer Sampson; one sister: Ms. Angela Sampson and a host of relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at Locklear & Son Funeral Home.