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AS I SEE IT |
You ire invited to our second
sponsored by ihe Lumbee River Fund
Friday, November 30, 2001
Indian Education Resource Center, Pembroke, NC
A Tribute to the Life of Mrs. Flora
"Margaret" Oxendine Sampson
November 22, 1913-September 10, 2001
Ms. Margaret began her earthly joumev on November 22, 1913, She was
bom in the Saddletree Community- where she lived until the family moved to
Pembroke She was the fourth of eleven children bom to the union of Joseph
and Mary Magdalene Locklear Oxendine. She attended Pembroke Graded
. School and Cherokee Indian Normal School. Ms. Margaret earned a two year
teaching degree. She later received her Bachelor of Science in education from
Pembroke State College for Indians
She was married to the late Edwin Sampson They were married for 40 years
before his death in 1978, and she has remained his widow for twenty-three
years. She and Edwin had two daughters: Barbara Ann and Bonnie Gail.
Barbara, their first bom, has three children: John (Pete), Teresa (Sissy) and
Brandi, Barbara is married to Bruce Barton who has been a wonderful son-inlaw
and PaPa Grandson Pete is married to Lori and has two children. Little
John and Mallorie. Granddaughter Sissy is married to Roger Willie and has two
chiTdren, Seattle and Jodi.
Bonnie, the second child bom to Margaret and Edwin, has three children,
Tyra, Margo and Edwin (Little Man).
Ms Margaret was actively involved in her church. She was a member of the
First Methodist Church in Pembroke She attended Deep Branch Baptist
Church for many years where she taught the Young Married People's SundaySchool
Class She later went to Tabernacle Baptist Church where she attended
for thirty years. She was actively involved in the OA's at Tabernacle Baptist
She began her teaching carer in 1934 at Ashpolc Center where she taught for
two years. She then moved to Pembroke Elementary School where she taught
for nine years and from there taught at Deep Branch Elementary- School for
thirteen years. Her last years in the classroom were spent at Union ElementarySchool
where she taught for seventeen years Her years in the classroom
spanned over forty years. During these years she touched the lives of manyyoung
people She made a difference in their lives by making a difference in
the way they felt about school, life, and more importantly how- they felt about
themselves. She had a unique way of making everyone feel special. Many of
her former students have expressed their fond memories of feeling like they
were special to "Ms Margaret."
She evidently knew that "children don't care what you know, but they need
to know that you care "
Thank You Note
We thank you for sharing the celebration of the life of our Mother.
We struggle to find words that can appropriately- express our deep appreciation
to so many who have ministered to our family during our other s sickness
and our time of sorrow. Your words of condolence and your acts of kindness
have meant so much to each of us. I John 4:11 says '' Beloved, if God so loved
us, we ought also to love one another We have certainly felt your love and
friendship during this time of sorrow. Our prayer is that the God of love and
peace will be with you and your family.
It would be impossible to personally name all of the people who have meant
so much to us during this special time. However, we would like to extend a very
Special Thanks to Dr Joseph Roberts Dr Roberts showed a tremendous
amount of compassion in his tireless efforts to make our mother as comfortable
and pain free as possible. It is our prayer that God will strengthen him and
enable him to provide that same compassion to other patients for many years
to come. .
We would also like to ask God's blessings on the following very special
women. Mary Cummings, Anessa Locklear, Brenda Gillespie, the Ladies of
Tabernacle Baptist Church who provided services to our Mother each Sunday
Barbara Barton, Bonnie Sampson and all the family
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My gi andmothcr. Mrs Margate) Sampson. is u wonderful person She is one
of the most mllucuiiul people in m> life My grandmother has taught inSQlot
about how a person should conduct themselves in this life She is a wondcM'ul
role model lot me and all those who eome in contact with het
My grandmother is beautiful to me She has giuj hair, blue eyes, and wears
eveglasses She is medium si/e and looks much younger than her real age of K2
She has aged verv well and. m tny opinion, iooks no older than 65 or 70
tiiandma is a l.umbee Indian and is a beautiful, brown-skinned woman Her
legs are what gives her awav as fat as age is concerned . She walks with a
noticeable limp because she has arthritic knees Mv cousins and I kid her about
how she walks We olten laugh with her inoi at her) about her funny walk We
tell het she wiggles like a duck when she walks around the room She does not
gel mad at us foi kidding het and laughs with us She ts fun to be around
Grandmother is also short, even shorter than I am Grandmother is five feet and
one inch tall, that is four inches shorter than 1 am Grandma is shot! but she is
not l'al She looks ttist like a grandmother should look to me My grandmother
also has a problem with het tluoat and sometimes it is dilVicull to understand
her when she talks When she talks, she has a habit of looking at you directly
in the eves She then folds her hands around her body as she talks to you
Another characteristic of my grandmother is the tact that she mostly wears
logging pants, a sweatshirt, ad a hat w hen she goes out in public these days She
only dresses up if she is going to church, a funeral, or a wedding Grandma
claims to be very cold natured We have to have a blanket for her when she visits
My grandmother is a Christian I know she is a Christian mostly because of
the way she treats me She is sweet, gentle, kind and honest Grandma hardly
ever gets mad and most of the tune is v ery calm She is a good influence on me.
and keeps me from losing control of my self and my feelings Once w hen 1 was
having a problem with my bovlhend. 1 talked to my grandmother about it and
she gave me veiv good advice She said that a boyfriend ought to make me feel
better about myself, not worse I found out that was good adv ice later on
Grandma also believes'we ought to go to church on a regular basis She has set
a good example for me by living her Christian life before me She is a member
of Tabernacle Baptist Church (about halfway between l.umberton and
Pembroke) and is lov ed by everyone there She used to teach Sunday School
until her legs and her throat slowed her up. She still goes to church just about
every Sunday If my grandma can get up on Sunday morning and go to church,
then the rest of us ought to be able to do the same thing
My grandmother is also a very honest person. She believes truth is the best
policy and loves to tell us that "you won't have to remember a lie if you will
tell the truth "' My family has a lot of confidence in my grandmother, or
"granny"' as we like to refer to her I am proud to be grandma's granddaughter.
She has six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren She is always there to
baby-sit for us or to nurse us when we are feeling bad Granny is also easy to
talk to She is a gixxl listener too 1 know she loves me She shows me in mnnv
ways, for instance, she always has a smile for me and a nice word when I see
her every morning and every evening. She is not very critical and helps me when
I am sad and not sure of myself
My grandmother and I spend a lot of time together. She lives next door to
us and I see her in the morning before 1 leave for school, and I visit her as soon
as 1 return home from school My day seems to go better if I see her every dayShe
is my recipe for a good day
Granny is the center of my life and the center of our family Everyone in the
tamily looks up to her for advice and love. Every' girl needs a loving
grandmother like mine 1 remember once when we went to an'ice cream shop
together There was just the two of us We had a w onderful time together. She
shared with me some ot the experiences of her childhood She told me that every
little girl should spend sometime with their grandmother She remembered
special occasion with her grandmother too She made me feel very special and
1 will always remember that special time together in Lumberton when grandma
and I visited the ice cream shop and talked about her childhood and mv dreams
for the future. Grandma loves birthdays too. Our family has more birthdays than
anyone else: at least it seems that way to me It seems that we are sharing a
birthday just about every Sunday after church. I believe we received our love
for birthdays, and other happy occasions, from grandma
A grandmother is.a very special person. I wish everyone could experience
the joy of having a grandmother like mine. She is sweet , kind, and gentle. She
listens well and she loves me very much She makes me feel very special. I guess
that is what grandmothers do: they make us feel special! So, whether I call her
"grandmother." "grandma" or "granny," she is all the same to me. She is
Written April 22, 1996
SRMC Foundation Volunteers Ready
to "Take it to the Top!"
Retired physician Bob B. Andrews
has a big job aheacTbf him. Nevertheless
he feels confident that with
hard work and the help of his volunteer
team, together they can take it to
Andrews in the chairman of the
Southeastern Regional Medical Center
Foundation Capital Campaign to
raise S3 million to help in the funding
of SRMC's largest construction
project since the original building was
opened in 195J. He announced the
goal at a news conference held on the
morning of Nov. 8 and restated it
again that evening at a pep rally for
He also announced that the campaign
had raised Si.9 million from
within the SRMC family, including
board members, physicians and employees.
"This amount speaks more
than words can about the overwhelming
support this project has generated,"
he said. "Based on the generosity
we have seen so far, we have no
doubt that we will be able to reach
The building project will feature a
state-of-the-art, six-story Patient Bed
Tower as well as major renovations
and expansion of existing facilities.
Current semiprivate and ward rooms
will be replaced by 136 large, private
rooms and adjoining private baths.
Ground breaking for the new tower
was held on Sept. 24. Altogether the
new buildings, expansions and renovations
will total S50 million.
Andrews noted that for only the second
time in its history, SRMC is
reaching out to the community it
serves to ask for help in completing a
project vital to the health care of the
region. Back in 1960. the hospital
raised S250.000 for a SI million
project to add a new wing.
He added that the original plans
called for the completion of only four
floors of the new patient tower, but
with the capital campaign goal of S3
The moet-visited house museum is Elvis Presley's Graceland, in
Memphis, Tennessee. It's seen by more than 600,000 people per year.
Dr. Bob Andrews (center) Introduces key SRMC Foundation volunteers, from left, Jim
Byrne, Randall Jones, Andrews, IV C. Washington, and Katrine Locklear.
minion. lunaing win oe tnere to top
the tower" and complete floors five
Also serving on the campaign's
steering committee are: John Barker,
president of Triangle Ice Company;
Faye Caton. a community leader; Dr.
Boyd B. Gasque Jr., diagnostic radiologist
and president of the SRMC
Medical Staff; Katrina Locklear, retired
educator and community leader;
Randy Rust, local businessman and
chairman of the SRMC Board of
Trustees; Horace Stacy Jr.. local attorney
and chairman of the SRMC
Foundation: W. C. Washington, owner
of Washington's Men's Store and
board member; and SRMC President/
CEO Luckey Welsh.
The campaign has been organized
to reach all the major segments of the
community. Orthopedic surgeon
Dixon Gerber heads up the medical
staff division; businessman Coble D.
Wilson Jr. chairs the advanced leady
m.vi j i I
ersnip division; Keoecca tsuiiard
leads the major gifts division; and Lisa
Rust heads the marketing division.
Andrews announced that James
Byrne of Fairmont leads the community
division of the capital campaign.
Byrne, a retired executive of Southern
National Bank, now BB&T, has
named his committee; A1 Lewis of
Fairmont, Wyatt Johnson, Mike
Hardin and Larry Chavis of Lumberton;
Geneva Parnell of Parkton; John
Staton and Anne McQueen of Red
Springs; Doris McCormick of Rowland;
Claude Fulghum and Red Williams
of St. Pauls; and Randall Jones
Sissy Grantham, executive director
oft the SRMC Foundation, said that
the Foundation expects to reach its
S3 million goal over a two-year period.
All contributions are tax-deductible
and will be acknowledged. For
more information, call Grantham at
West Robeson United Methodist
Church will be holding their Fall Revival
November 25-27. The service
will begin at 7 p.m. nightly with a supper
to be held at 6 p.m. Everyone is
invited to attend.
Think About it!!
In his Nos. 8 letter. "Natise Americans
were first to sutler from biological
warfare." Arsis Locklear
Boughman made a point I hase not
read in any other nesss publication,
seen in T.V. nesss coserage. nor heard
on the radio, although I hase read the
account in recorded history Mr
Doughman ssrote: "Smallpox was
used in biological ssarfare against our
people 200-300 sears ago. The Smallpox
epidemic or plague (xvhates er our
people called it) killed not 3.5 ores en
100 as anthrax has done in Washington.
D. C.. F lorida, and Ness York, but
killed millions of American Indian
people in North Carolina. Oser 70?o
of our people (entire tribes) svere
ssiped out." Hoss did this happen'.'
"Smallpox infected blankets sxere intentionally
given to our Natise American
ancestors, brothers, and sisters
(taken from indis iduals suffering from
smallpox ) to further annihilate the
Natise American population."
Besides Mr. Boughman's excellent
point, there is another interesting parallel
betsseen our European ancestor's
treatment i)f the Natise Americans,
and our current dilemma. In a recent
videotaped message made in Afghani
stun. hi which Afghanistan was not
mentioned even once. Osama bin
Laden wanted that there would be no
peace in the United States until there
was peace in Palestine. Currently,
there is no peace in Palestine because
the Israelis are continually encroaching
on Arab land, the way our European
ancestors encroached on Native
American 1 and. Americans wonder
why Arabs hate us so much, and why
the al-Qaida terrorist network attacked
America. Why did the terrorist
target the symbols of the Untied
State's economic and military might?
Simple, because the United States has
given Israel over three billion dollars
per year for over fifty years, and Israel
has used an undetermined amount
of that over one hundred and fifty billion
dollars to finance the "ethnic
cleansing" of Arabs from their homeland
. Let any Americans who offer
the argument that the Jews may have
owned Palestine first, give their land
back to the descendants of the Native
Americans who owned this land first,
before they offer it.
Think about it. please!
Robert C. Currie Jr.
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