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Condolences to Family of Rev. Evert Frank Locklear

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Rev. Evert Frank Locklear this week. At 103-years-old, Rev. Evert was considered our oldest living Lumbee Tribal Member. He passed on to glory and his heavenly reward on October 8, 2022. Rev. Evert will be remembered for his vibrant spirit, his love for his work (he continued to work till 95-years-old) and his willingness to share Jesus with everyone he met. Even at 103 years old, he attended the Elders Luncheon in July and he also was able to participate in the Lumbee Homecoming Parade this summer. He also could still recite his Navy service number from when he served in World War II. Rev. Evert was recognized with an Eagle feather at the Elder’s Luncheon in July and also with an Eagle feather on his 100th birthday.

Rev. Evert Frank Locklear was born March 24, 1919 and he lived to be 103-years-old, the loving son of the late Ottie and Nora Locklear.He was recognized and awarded as the oldest living Lumbee in Robeson County by the Lumbee Tribe, the oldest Lumbee Veteran from World War II serving in the United States Navy and later he served as a Pastor of Community Holiness Church of Rennert. He worked as a mechanic that enjoyed auto bodywork on vehicles and 18 wheelers. Along with being self-employed, Rev. Evert worked many years with McLaurin-McArthur Motors and Southern Christian Trucking Company. He enjoyed gardening and especially loved to plant and cook his specialty collards.  Along with his parents, Rev. Evert is preceded in death by the mother of his children, Lessie Bryant Locklear; sons, Carl Locklear, Bobby Locklear, and step son, Johnny Locklear; son-in-law, RD Locklear; four daughters-in-law: Evelyn Locklear, Fran Locklear, Ramona Locklear, Ann Locklear; granddaughters, Lisa Carol Locklear, Jeanette Locklear and grandson, Wayne Locklear.Rev. Evert leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 22 years, Helen Locklear of their home. He is survived by his seven sons and one daughter from his late wife Lessie: Adrian Locklear (Patricia) of Maxton, Alpheus Locklear of Maxton, Panuel Locklear of Maxton, Jerry Locklear (Harver) of Maxton, Charles Locklear of Maxton, Glenn Locklear (Collette) of Maxton, Kenneth Locklear (Barbara) of Laurinburg; and one daughter, Deborah Chavis (Eric) of Maxton; one son and daughter from wife Helen: Gary Locklear and daughter, Annette Bryant (Don) of Maxton; step children: Hank Locklear (Barbara), Loretta Locklear and Henry Locklear all of Maxton; forty grandchildren, 72 great grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren along with a host of loving family and many friends. The going home service will be held at Noon on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at the Youth For Christ Holiness Church. Burial with military honors will follow in the White Oak Church Cemetery. The visitation will be this evening, Wednesday, October 12, 2022 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. in the Richard Boles Funeral Service Chapel at 13640 Andrew Jackson Hwy(Hwy 74 Bus.)

in Laurinburg, NC. The website for the funeral home is https://www.richardbolesfuneralservice.com/obituary/Evert-Locklear


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