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James “Travis” Lockwood (08-29-2012)
Photo of James “Travis” LockwoodFuneral services for Mr. James “Travis” Lockwood, 81 of Farmerville were held Friday, August 24 2012 at 11:00, at Beulah Baptist Church under the direction of Farrar Funeral Home. Bro. Gary Canterberry officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Mr. Travis went to be with the Lord August 22, surrounded by his loving family, following a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
A lifelong resident of Farmerville, Mr. Travis was known throughout the community for his farming. He spent many days working in the field and gladly shared his crops with family and friends. For several years, he participated in the Louisiana Watermelon Festival, attended the grower’s breakfast, and won many ribbons for his melons. His great-grandchildren loved to help dig potatoes each year. His love for farming was one of his favorite pastimes.
In 1951, Mr. Travis enlisted in the United States Army, and served in the Korean War alongside his brother, Guy. Following his honorable discharge, he married his sweetheart, Doris and they made their home in Farmerville. Mr. Travis worked for the Forestry Department, and retired from the Department of Development and Transportation in 1989. He was an active member of VFW Local Chapter #5442. He enjoyed his retirement, always lending a helping hand to those in need, tending to his crops, and when he was not out “tinkering” with something, he enjoyed sipping coffee on the front porch. He had a loyal flock of hummingbirds, who he fed, and they provided him with many hours of entertainment. He was a loving husband, Daddy and was affectionately known as “Paw” by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a friend to all who knew him and he will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents: Joe and Mary Lockwood; 6 brothers: Marvin, Raymond, Willard, Don and 2 infant brothers; 3 sisters: Ethel Brasher, Gladys Hayes and Clemmie Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Doris B. Lockwood; 1 daughter: Rene` Smithwick and husband, Glenn; 1 son: Barry Lockwood and wife, Cherry; 5 grandchildren: Carmen (Lance), Jamie (Malcolm), Chris, Kevin, and Carsen; 7 great-grandchildren: Stormy, Breonna, Cole, Keith, Ericka, Wesley, and Cheyenne; 1 brother, Guy Lockwood; 2 sisters: Izola Johnson and husband, Raymond and Louise Ginn and husband, Zeb; 2 sisters-in-law: Barbara Lockwood and Jerri Lockwood; special niece: Robyn Lockwood Taylor, and numerous other relatives.
Pallbearers were Ray Lockwood, Royce Lockwood, Tracy Ginn, Gary Johnson, Steven Johnson, and Alex Mauro. Honorary pallbearers were members of VFW Local Chapter #5442.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Lynette Wade, FNP, Dr. Islam, Dr. Barron, Dr. Zollinger, the staff of the Northeast Louisiana Cancer Institute, Premiere Hospice, including Sharon, Emily and Randal for the care they provided and Chaplin Andy for kind words and prayers in our time of need. We would also like to thank Bro. Matt Grantham of Franklin Street Baptist Church and Bro. Tony Campanale of Conway Baptist Church for their visits and prayers. Bro. Gary Canterberry, thank you for letting the Lord lead you in the comforting words you spoke during the service and at the graveside. Last, but not least, thanks to Alvin Allen and the Patriot Guard Riders for the flag placement and the tribute to his patriotism, and to the members of the United States Army for the American flag folding ceremony and presentation, and the playing of Taps at the graveside service.
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