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Rev. Dr. Sampson Buie, Jr., aged 89 (September 18, 1929 – June 27, 2019), died on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Beacon Place Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, NC. Funeral services for Rev. Buie will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Providence Baptist Church, 1106 Tuscaloosa Street, Greensboro, NC 27406, preceded by Visitation from 10:30 am to 11:00 am. Interment will follow immediately at Roberts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 439 Roberts Chapel Church Road, Goldston, NC 27252, preceded by Visitation. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Perry J Brown Funeral Home, 909 E Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27401. Rev. Buie served as senior pastor at Roberts Chapel for more than 40 years, assistant minister and at Providence for more than 50 years, and pastor for various United Methodist Churches in the Piedmont Triad for more than 10 years. Buie, a native of Fairmont, NC, attended Robeson County public schools. Upon graduation from high school he attended A&T College (now known as NC A&T State University). While at A&T he served as president of the student body and became an active member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. From 1983 to 1993, he served as Director of the 25,000-member NC A&T National Alumni Association. Buie earned a Master’s degree in 1973 and a Doctorate degree in 1982, both in Educational Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Following graduation from A&T with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education, Buie served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954. His first assignment as 2nd Lieutenant was in Ft. Benning, Georgia – Officers’ Basic Training. In November 1952, he was assigned to Camp Chaffee, Arkansas, as a Military Instructor. His last year of military service, 1953-1954, was spent in Hokkaido, Japan, with the 1st Calvary Division. In 1954, with an honorable discharge from the US Army, Buie studied at Crozer Theological Seminary and married the former Catherine Oates, now deceased, originally from Kings Mountain, NC, and a former Guilford County public school teacher. They made Greensboro their home where they raised their three children, Debra, Janice and Velma. Between 1954 and 1970, Buie served as District Scout Executive and Assistant Council Executive for the Old North State Council (Guilford and Randolph Counties), formerly General Green Council. The first African American Field Executive Director, Buie received the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service with the Council of Boy Scouts. In 1970, Buie joined the staff of NC A&T State University as Community Relations Specialist and Assistant Professor of Adult Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. From 1993-1997, Buie served as Deputy Secretary for Programs in the NC Department of Administration. In this capacity, Buie provided leadership and support for the departmental groups that advocated on behalf of citizens within the state. These advocacy groups included the Governor’s Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities, the NC Human Relations Commission, the NC Commission on Indian Affairs, the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office, and the NC Council for Women. Also, he shared responsibility for implementing and monitoring the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. In 1998, Governor James Hunt appointed him to the State’s new Commission on National and Community Service. A tireless community servant, Buie worked with several civic and community organizations. Some of his affiliations included the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Greensboro (the first African American inducted to this chapter), the Board of Management of Hayes-Taylor YMCA, the Board of Directors of the Greensboro Industries of the Blind, the NC Community Development Council, the Piedmont Triad Criminal Justice Unit, the Greensboro Drug Action Council, the Advisory Board of Greensboro National Bank, and Resource Consultant and Analyst for the NC Conference of Branches of the NAACP. Buie received many awards for service above self. These included the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce National Green Award in 1968, the NC A&T Alumni Achievement Award in 1969, the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award for Service to Boyhood in 1978, the Boy Scouts of America Good Shepherd Award for Service to God and Country in 1984, the NC State Service Award for Superior Service in the Field of Adult Education and Leadership in 1985, the list of Who’s Who Among Black Americans in 1985, the Service Above Self Award from the Rotary Club of Greensboro in 1990, the NAACP State Service Award, and the coveted Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award from Governor James Hunt in 1997. Survivors include daughters Debra Buie Decker (Desmond), Janice Buie Gibbs (Tony deceased), and Velma Buie Smith (Robert); daughter-in-law Mearlon Buie (Shepherd deceased); grandchildren Desmond Decker II, Alicia Samantha Buie, Sierra Leola Buie Decker, Maggie Catherine Buie Foxx, Robert Sampson Smith, Alia Leatrice Smith; brother-in-law John A. Staton; three great-grandchildren; and loving nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the professional and support staff at Beacon Place Hospice and Palliative Care, Brighton Gardens, and Cone Hospital, all in Greensboro, NC, for the personal and thoughtful care provided to our father over his last few years, months, and days. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a charitable donation in memory of Rev. Dr. Buie to Roberts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 439 Roberts Chapel Church Road, Goldston, NC, 27252; Providence Baptist Church, 1106 Tuscaloosa Street, Greensboro, NC 27406; NC A&T Alumni Association, Inc., Alumni Affairs, Alumni Foundation Center, 200 North Benbow Road, Greensboro, NC 27411; the Boy Scouts of America, Old North State Council, 1405 Westover Terrace, Greensboro, NC 27408, or; or to promote advances in cancer research.

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  • Saturday, June 29, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Perry J. Brown Funeral Home
  • Sunday, June 30, 2019
    So sorry for your loss my prayers are with the family..It was a honor to be his friend and housekeeper from Brighten Gardens over the years he was there. The lord Knows I will miss the laughs and stories he told He will always be in my heart .... I WILL NEVER FORGET DR. BUIE.
    ~ Tricia Humphries   greensboro, NC
  • Sunday, June 30, 2019
    You have our sincere sympathy in the loss of your father. May God bless you all in this time of sorrow and keep you in perfect peace.
    ~ Rev. & Mrs. Albert Perkins(Mary Lou Ross)   Kings Mountain, NC
  • Sunday, June 30, 2019
    I am truly sorry for your loss. May the God who “binds up the broken-hearted” and comforts all who mourn sustain your family during this difficult time Isaiah 61:1, 2.
    ~ Dorothy   Greensboro, NC
  • Friday, July 5, 2019
    God cares for the brokenhearted; Psalm 34:18 assures us that he is close to them. Psalm 147:3 says: "He heals the brokenhearted; He binds up their wounds." God strengthens us by giving us "the power beyond what is normal" to make it through each passing day. Isaiah 12:2 assures us that God is our "strength" and our "might." Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you!
    ~ Rachel Morton   Graham,, NC
  • Sunday, June 30, 2019
    Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. We know that he is seated at the table of our lord. We will miss Mr. Buie. With Love from "Your Girls" (as you always referred to little Kara and Belinda) when talking with Mom (Joan)
    ~ Joan Phetteplace/Belinda Reid   Greensboro
  • Sunday, June 30, 2019
    Our sincere condolences to the family of this mighty man of God who served as wonderful example to all of us.
    ~ Rev. Dr. C Marlow and Wanda Hinton   Greensboro, NC
  • Sunday, June 30, 2019
    I'm sorry for your loss. May Christ heartwarming promise extended to our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death comfort you, John 11:1-44; John 5:28,29
    ~ GG