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James R. “Locky” Lockwood

James R. “Locky” Lockwood, 63, of Woodlawn died Dec. 31, 2004, 
at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon following 
a lengthy illness. 

He was born April 4, 1941, a son of Leland and Eugenia Lockwood. 

He is survived by two sons, Jimmy Lockwood and wife Barbie of Texico 
and Ty Lockwood and wife Christy of Centralia; three daughters, Lea Ann 
Lockwood of Mt. Vernon, Leslie Lockwood and friend Amanda Holloway of Mt. 
Vernon, and Carla Rae and husband David Clontz of Mt. Vernon; five 
grandsons, J.B., William, T.J. and Braydon Lockwood and Dalton Clontz; 
two granddaughters, Bethany and Lyndee Lockwood; a great-grandson, Jalen 
Lockwood; a brother, Morris Ford of Centralia; a half brother, Richard Ragan 
and wife Margaret of Wayne City; a half sister, Marilyn Coleman of 
North Carolina; a niece, Rhonda Hixenbaugh and husband Billy and 
great-nephew Colby Wood of Centralia; and special friends Cindy Vincent, 
Judy Hester, Wilma Braddy and Belinda Gregory. He is also survived by several 
cousins in the Mt. Vernon area. 

Jim was a Christian and a member of Casey Avenue Baptist Church. He followed 
the religious teachings of Col. Theme. He attended Mt. Vernon High School, 
where he was involved in basketball and baseball. Throughout his life, he was 
an avid sports fan, having played men’s fast-pitch in the Mt. Vernon area. He 
once had the opportunity to try out for the St. Louis Cardinals minor league. 
He was also actively involved as a coach and umpire for men’s and women’s fast-
pitch softball. He loved to watch football, basketball, baseball and NASCAR on TV. 
He also loved to play pool and bowl. One of Jim’s greatest pleasures and 
accomplishments was teaching area girls the aspects of fast-pitch softball, 
many of whom went on to receive scholarships due to his leadership and 
teachings. He was a great influence on many of the local youth due to his 
fast-pitch coaching. He was loved by all. 

At his request, he will be cremated and there will be no services. Johnston 
Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made 
in his honor to the Woodlawn or Waltonville girls high school fast-pitch softball 
team or the Chapman Recreation Complex in Woodlawn and will be received at 
the funeral home. For more information, you may contact Johnston Funeral 
Home at 242-0604.

Date: 5 Jan 2005
Source: Register-News
Submitted by:  Robert W. Loman

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