BOBBY ‘BOB’ WAYNE MCLAMORE

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DERIDDER, LA
Jan. 12, 1947-March 25, 2022

Bobby (Bob) Wayne McLamore, 75, of Deridder peacefully passed away Friday, March 25, 2022.  Bob was born Jan. 12, 1947, in Natchitoches to Jack and Margie McLamore.
He grew up in Natchitoches and attended Natchitoches High School where he lettered in football, basketball and track. He also obtained the rank of Eagle Scout.  
Bob served the Louisiana public school system for 42 years.  He earned a B.S. at Northwestern State University, with an emphasis in Chemistry and Biology, in 1970, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Supervision and Instruction with +30 from McNeese State University, Lake Charles. He began his teaching career in 1970, teaching science classes at Westlake High School. While at Westlake High School he earned the distinction of being awarded the State Science Teacher of the Year by the Louisiana Academy of Science. After teaching two years at Westlake High School, he then moved to DeRidder to begin a long education career.  Bob began teaching Chemistry at Deridder High School in 1972, the year that the new high school was opened.  He later became Assistant Principal and Principal at DeRidder High School. During his Principalship, DeRidder High School was named a Top Ten School by the Louisiana State Department of Education. Bob earned distinctions as State Outstanding High School Principal for Beauregard Parish, Region V Principal of the Year for the State of Louisiana and was named to an advisory council for the State Board of Secondary and Elementary Education. He later moved over to the Beauregard Parish School Board Central Office as Purchasing Agent, Child Welfare and Attendance Supervisor and Director of Auxiliary Services. Bob retired as Superintendent of the Grant Parish School Board in 2005. During his tenure in Grant Parish, he helped bring up performance and ACT scores, introduced the teaming concept to middle schools and established a program to reduce the drop-out rate.
Bob was a certified teacher assessor/mentor and a certified Louisiana school business official. He was also a Chemistry/Biology Adjunct Professor Instructor at Northwestern State University and an Ad Hoc Professor and Mentor for the “Teach” Program at Louisiana College, Pineville. He was most recently inducted into the Northwestern State University’s Hall of Distinguished Educators. 
After retiring from the role of Superintendent of Grant Parish Schools, he returned to DeRidder High School to fill a semester-long position as a long term substitute.  This substitute position turned into five years of his life-long love. He returned to the same Chemistry Lab at DeRidder High where he began in 1972. A chemistry teacher was needed, the chemistry lab needed refurbishing and new technology needed to be taught. Teaching high school science again “rekindled a passion for the classroom and teaching students that he thought was long gone.”
 
Bob was an avid hunter and gardener.  Like his father-in-law, Lindsey Heard, he loved sharing the produce from his garden. He was also a member of numerous organizations and held a variety of leadership positions: Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, Former President of the DeRidder Lions Club, Former Boys Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church, Delta Waterfowl, Whitetails Unlimited, Louisiana Principals Association, Summer Deputy/Photographer for the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Department, President of Red Arrow Hunting Club, President of Heard Land Cooperation and Past President of the Board of Directors Water District #3. 
Bob and his wife Lydia, served on the Board of Directors for the Krewe de la Famille Mardi Gras of Lake Charles.  They reigned as King and Queen Famille 2008. A little known fact about Bob was that he played keyboard in a rock-n-roll band, “The Regular Size”, while in college.  The band even cut several 45s!
Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Margie McLamore; in-laws, Lindsey and Bernadine Heard; and brother-in-law, Robert Crew. 
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lydia Jane Heard McLamore; two children: Gretchen Jane McLamore Levine and husband Col.(R) Mark of Enterprise, Ala., and Shane McLamore and wife Kim of DeRidder; six grandchildren, Sarah Jane and Lance Levine, Carter, Cruz and Cane McLamore and Luke Sonnier; and sister, Jacque Crew of Shreveport; along with thousands of students who knew him as “Mr. Mc.”
Pallbearers include Lance Levine, Dane McLamore, Cory Crew, John Jordan, Trey Jordan, Art Tuttle, Joe Sowells, Mark Wallace, Russell Suire and Wilson Brown.
Honorary pallbearers include Van Heard, Dr. Lee J Monelzun Jr., Gene Fontenot, Dr. David Jones, COL(R) Jim Manning, Ray Hauser, Barry King, Richard Zulick, John Rhine, David Wallace and
Dr. David Brown.
A memorial service will be at New Life Baptist Church, DeRidder, Tuesday, March 29 at 4 p.m. Visitation will be from noon until time of service with the Rev. Lynn Clayton and Pastor Keeton Blakeney officiating. Interment will follow in the Beauregard Cemetery. 
The family would love to collect written memories of Bob, otherwise known as “Mr. Mc.” Anyone is encouraged to contribute their happy memoires or short stories for a memory book. Please bring these to the church during visitation, the service or mail to P. O. Box 934, DeRidder, LA 70634.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Northwestern State University – Bob W. McLamore Foundation Scholarship Program, 535 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA, 71497.
Words of comfort to the family may be shared at www.labbymemorial.com.