“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” 2 Timothy 4:7-8
McClurie Sampson, Sr. was born April 16, 1929 in Bogalusa, La. to the late Jake and Curtis Corine Sampson. On Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 1:52 p.m. he went home to join his parents and his Heavenly Father. McClure confessed Christ as his Savior at an early age at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Bogalusa, La. under the leadership of Rev. E.Z. Burnes. His family was original members of the Church. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where he served as Chairman of the Trustee Board, Chairman of the Church Anniversary, and a faithful member.Education was of importance to McClurie and he attended the Bogalusa public school where he was a graduate of Central Memorial High School in 1950. He also attended Dillard University majoring in Business Administration. He retired from Gaylord Container Corporation in 1995 after 46 years (Paper Machine Operator #2) McClurie’s experience as a Trail Blazer, Civil Activist, and Politician spanned over a half century in the community. In June-July 1964 McClurie was instrumental in organizing the 1914-1964 Bogalusa Golden Jubilee-Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Incorporation of Bogalusa. He was an advocate for improving the life for children and families, Chief Organizer for the Boys and Girls Club of Washington Parish; Two term City Councilman (including Council President in which he chaired numerous boards from clean-up campaigns, transportation initiative, to creating jobs for the community. He was also a board member of the Selective Service Board; the Community Advisory Committee for the LSU Hospital; Board of Directors of Ave. U. YMCA; Bogalusa Little League; Bogalusa Planning and Zoning Commission; Washington Industrial Development Foundation, the Salvation Army, United Way and Prince Hall Mason Wisdom Lodge No. 123 where he is on the trustee board as well as, Member of NAACP ; Downtown Development Association, City-Wide Brotherhood, and local chapter 4032 AARP Treasurer. He was elected Louisiana Municipal Association Vice-President at-large representing theLouisiana Municipal Black Caucus Association and municipalities at-large. McClurie served in the capacity of President Emeritus of Louisiana Municipal Black Caucus Association, President of the Northshore Black Coalition (Washington Parish, St. Tammany Parish and Tangipahoa Parish). He endorsed LMBA resolutions such as A resolution of the Louisiana Municipal Black Caucus Association urging the participation of African American Faith-Based communities in the politcal system toward the alleviation of current social, politcal, and community problems; LMBCA supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs of America; LMBCA calling for reforms to correct deficiencies in the Criminal Justice and Penal Systems; just to name a few of his involvement of community service. On April 15,2002 McClurie was united in holy matrimony to his devoted and loving wife Antoinette Jackson Sampson on April 15, 2006. McClurie leaves behind to cherish his memories: his loving wife Antoinette Jackson Sampson: six children: Daughters-Brenda Sampson Brice, Gwendolyn Sampson Lindsey (Fred), Kathy Sampson Lopez (Benito): Sons- McClurie, Jr. (Lorraine), Donald Ray Sampson, Sr., (Eva), Andre Samspon, and Klurie Wayne Tucker, as well as three step-children: Karen Washington, Ricardo Washington (Tara), and Toshia Morris (Andre). McClurie loved his 33 grandchildren and 43 Great Grandchildren dearly and in turn they will miss their Paw Paw as a diligent guide and mentor. He will be clearly missed by a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; Jake and Curtis Sampson; Four-Willie D. Sampson, John D. Sampson, Andrew Sampson, McKinley Sampson and Catherine McKelphin Sampson and One Son-Gregory Sampson.
Visitation Friday, Sept 7 at Cook-Richmond from 2-6 p.m. Family Hour 6-7p.m. Funeral Service will be Saturday, Sept 8. 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Rev. Dr. A.J. Luter, Officiating