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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.


  • Audrey Yarbrough Posted June 14, 2021 10:15 pm

    Our sympathy to Nell & all Mr. Sampson’s family. Love & Prayers to you for peace & healing!

    Fred & Sue Clark
    Jim & Audrey Yarbrough

  • Cheryl McFalls Summey Posted June 14, 2021 10:27 pm

    Greg, Chris, Juliana and Daniel,
    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. He always had a big smile on his face and was nice to all of us. May God grace you with comfort and strength during this time of sorrow! May He wrap His loving arms around you and lend you peace within your hearts.
    Deepest condolences and prayers,
    Marlyn McFalls and Daughters
    Cheryl, Debora, Connie and Vickie

  • Nat Tolar Posted June 15, 2021 11:50 am

    I met Gilbert when he returned to UNCP from working on his PhD in Arkansas. His guidance, instruction and friendship kept me from leaving Pembroke and led to not only a great education but a life long friend. He truly was one of the best men I ever knew and gave his all to many students and friends. I think of him often and will miss him more. May God bless him upon his final journey and know he made my life better.

    My deepest sympathy to all of his family knowing his memory will put a smile on their face and love in their HEART!

  • Sheriff Burnis Wilkins Posted June 21, 2021 8:18 pm

    Praying that Gods caring and comforting presence will surround the family of Mr. Gilbert Sampson and may the love and mercy of our Lord help to ease the pain of your loss.

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