AMerican Veteran 11

Samuel Paul McClung

August 11, 1939 ~ October 9, 2020 (age 81)

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Sam McClung, 81, of the Atoah Community in Robbinsville, NC, went home to be with the Lord on Friday October 9, 2020 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. 

A native of Graham County, he was the son of the late Clyde and Edrie Lovin McClung.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Phillips McClung; his great grandson, Cooper McClung; his brother, Lewis McClung; and his sister, Marie Anderson. 

Sam worked for many years at Stanley Furniture.  After retiring, he began driving a bus for Graham County Schools.  During those 16 years, the friendships he made with his bus kids became a great source of strength for him during the sickness and death of his beloved wife, Barbara.  He was an active member and Deacon at New Hope Baptist Church.  

He was Veteran of the US Army and served his country proudly while being stationed in Korea between the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Teresa and Mitch Ford, Chris and Melissa McClung, and Tracy and Heath McGuire, all of Robbinsville, NC; and his brother and sister in law, Marshall and Linda McClung of Robbinsville, NC.  He has 8 grandchildren, Lucas Ford (Ashley), Drew Ford (Krystina), Colton McClung (Emily), Jaxon McClung, Lauren McGuire, Kamron McGuire, Eli Mauck (Tess), and Kari Anger (Matt).  His great grandchildren are Reagan, Arlo, Bella, Holli, Alden, Rhett, and Hazel.  He has many nieces and nephews who will always cherish their memories and time spent with Sam. 

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery with a Flag Presentation and Taps by the NC National Guard Honor Guard.  Reverend Jack Millsaps will officiate. 

Due to NC Executive Order 147 and the risk of exposure to COVID 19, face coverings are required in all public places by everyone over the age of 11.  It is requested that those attending the graveside service wear face coverings and practice social distancing. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Ray Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund, 301 Sweetwater Road, Robbinsville, NC, 28771 in Sam’s memory. 

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Graveside Service
October 13, 2020

2:00 PM
New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery
Massey Branch Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771

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