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Dr. William "Babe" McLurkin


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Dr. William "Babe" McLurkin Obituary
DR. WILLIAM "BABE" MCLURKIN With the birth of his first grandchild, our daddy became "Babe." Having heard her grandmother constantly refer to her grandfather as "Babe", Simone decided at one year old that her grandfather was "Babe", would only refer to him as such and required her sisters to do the same. Here is the legacy of "Babe." On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, God called Babe to his Heavenly home. After a brief hospitalization, Babe died surrounded by his family and friends. Babe was born unto Helen and William Jason McLurkin on July 16, 1942 at Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, California. As a child, Babe's family moved to Compton, California. He would soon be joined by his baby sister, Jacqueline Susan and twins, Pamela and Jeanette who preceded him in death. Babe received his primary and secondary education through the Compton Unified School District. He graduated from Centennial High School of Compton in 1961. It was at Willowbrook Junior High School that Babe would meet the love of his life and future wife, Verina Janet Elliott. Babe and Verina married on August 31, 1963 and recently celebrated 50 years of love and marriage. As a young husband, Babe attended college, worked several jobs and became a family man. Unto this union five children were born - William Dean, Sanci Janine (Julius), Seantee Suzanne (deceased), Denise Lyn Jae (Bella Boo) and Danielle LaVonne (Jobe). Babe would ultimately live in Compton, California for 35 years. Babe was a lifetime educator and started his academic career early. Babe initially graduated from Compton Community College with a degree in Liberal Studies. He then matriculated and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Education and Physical Education from California Polytechnic University Pomona in 1968. During this time, Babe worked as a factory worker, cafeteria assistant, train hitch man, electrician and any other job necessary to support his growing family. Babe began his career in academia in 1969 by becoming an English/History teacher and coach for all sports at Compton High School. He would later transfer to Centennial High School (his alma mater) then to Dominguez High School, which are both in Compton, California. In 1977, at the request of his beloved cousin Michael Bartee who asked Babe to help him coach, Babe and Verina would hit the highway on his motorcycle early every morning traveling to Perris Junior High School. Babe then began teaching at Perris Senior High School where he would continue as an English/History teacher and head coach. Babe and Verina moved their family to Moreno Valley, California in 1978. They would reside in the same home for the next 25 years. After leaving the Perris Unified School District, Babe began his career with the Riverside County Office of Education. He would continue teaching and coaching at Twin Pines School for Boys in Beaumont, California. Babe would later advance to principal of Twin Pines, then to Director of Alternative Education for the Office of Education. He would retire in 2004, with a career in education spanning 35 years. While educating thousands of children, Babe continued his own education. He would receive two Master's degrees; one in Education, and the second in Education Administration. Both degrees were earned from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. Babe was saved in the name of Jesus Christ and absolutely loved God above no other. He first attended church as a small child with his "Gram" at Second Baptist Church in Riverside, California, however, he was baptized at Mount Rock Missionary Baptist Church in Compton, California under the tutelage of Reverend Gordon. After moving to Sunnymead/Moreno Valley, Babe and his entire family joined Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Perris, California under the tutelage of Pastor James M. Hardy. Babe and his family later returned to Second Baptist Church under the tutelage of Pastor T. E. Gantt, where he stayed until his death. Babe was called to minister, and would receive his license to preach the Gospel on May 24, 2009. Wanting to grow in his love and understanding of God, Babe attended Bible Believers College and Seminary in Los Angeles, California. On June 25, 2011, Babe received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Christian Education. Babe was an active minister/member of Second Baptist Church; ministering over the Youth Ministry and the Children's Education Ministry. Babe actively participated with the Usher Board, the Deacons Board, the Scholarship Committee and the Men's Group. Babe loved nurturing and supporting children. Babe was instrumental for all of the children; every child that was accepted to college, who received a driver's license, needed counseling, needed food, needed love. Babe was there for them. Babe was the overall Grandpa and surrogate Grandpa to all. William Robert McLurkin, Ph. D. is survived by his loving wife Verina J. McLurkin; his children William D. McLurkin, Sanci and Julius Patterson, Denise L. McLurkin and Danielle and Jobe Guillory; his sister Jacqueline and Leon Burks; his grandchildren Damio Ware Patterson, Simone Patterson, Elan Patterson, Daishea Poole, Celine Patterson, Destinee Poole and Nefertari Ramsey; his uncles Thomas and Willa McLurkin, Robert and Myrtle McLurkin, Robert and Mariko Anderson, Albert Anderson, Marshall and Dorie Anderson, Paul and Merlinda Anderson and Howard Anderson; his aunt Janie O'Gorman; his nieces and nephews Sachi and Tyrone Nero, Keith and Leticia Jackson and Mark Jackson, Taryn Burks, Kendall Burks and Derek and Jacqui Burks; his Godchildren Alphonso and Diane Frazier, Monique Arnold, Lynn Feiga and Autumn and Marvin Ashley; host of cousins, students, adopted children and grandchildren, family and friends in Christ. In honor of Babe's legacy, the family request donations to the Helen McLurkin/Mary Anderson Scholarship Fund at Second Baptist Church. Babe's viewing will take place on Friday, May 2, 2014, from 4:00 - 7:00PM and his memorial celebration on Monday at 10:00AM, both at Second Baptist Church, 2911 9th Street, Riverside, California 92507.


Published in Press-Enterprise on May 3, 2014
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