Mr. Locklear is preceded in death by his sister, Mrs. Nettie Blenda Porter, a sister, Mrs. Glenda Aubin, a brother, Mr. Dock Henry Locklear, four children, Alton Ray Locklear, Derrick Locklear, Eric Locklear, and Tracey Renae Locklear.
He leaves to cherish his memories his daughter, Mrs. Candace Locklear Dean and son-in-law, Jason M. Dean of the home, three grandchildren, Kix J. Dean of the home, Dylan J. Dean of the home, Quentin M. Dean of Red Springs, one great rand grandchild, Takiyah Q. Dean of Red Springs, one brother, Charles L. Locklear (Betty) of Maxton, one sister, Susie Johnson of Red Springs, many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Mr. James Ray Locklear, was a graduate of Prospect High School. After graduating, he joined the United States Army where he served proudly (2) tours in the Vietnam War. He served a total of 22 years, 11 active duty and 11 in the US Reserves. He loved sports, especially wrestling and Nascar Racing. Later in life, his enjoyment was spending his time with his grandchildren. Ray was a soldier even before joining the Army.
He has been a soldier since he has drawn his 1st breath. No secret that he faced many battles in his life and as a soldier does, he fought until the end. He won the battle of his earthly life due to the fact that he entered his eternal life as a saved man, a born again Christian! Thank you, Jesus!
“I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. The cords of death entangled me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord; “Lord, save me!” The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the unwary; when I was bought low, he saved me. Return to you rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living.