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Mr. James Arnold Locklear, 82, of 338 Candy Park Road, Pembroke, was born in Lumberton, North Carolina on February 22, 1941, to the late Thurman Locklear and Velma Sampson Locklear. He departed this life into his heavenly home on Feb. 9, 2024.

Services will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at Burnt Swamp Baptist Church.  Officiating will be Rev. Greg Lowery and Rev. Darrell Callahan.  Visitation will begin at 2pm and the funeral services will begin at 3 pm. Burial will follow at Lumbee Memorial Gardens.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thurman and Velma Sampson Locklear; his brothers, Thurman Locklear Jr. and Stacy Locklear; his sisters, Alice Locklear and Connie Locklear.  Mr. Locklear is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Brenda Locklear of the home; four sons, Stephen Locklear (Natoshia), Aaron Locklear (Stephaine), Mark Locklear (Rikki), Everette Locklear (Eugenia) one daughter, Melissa Carter (Kris) and 14 grandchildren; one greatgrandchild; two brothers, William Locklear (Elvera), Joe Locklear (Pam), three sisters, Hazel Hunt, Helen Smith and Mary Lois Callahan (Larry); sister-in-law: Betty Locklear; brother-in-law: Roye Locklear, Sr and a host of relatives and friends.

Mr. Locklear proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1968 as machine gunner assigned to B Troop, 25th Infantry Division, 3rd Squadron, 4th Calvary. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Service stars.

After proudly serving his country, he returned home and began working at Pembroke Hardware. Shortly afterwards, he began a career in carpentry and drywall. He later worked for Pepsi Cola as a route salesman for more than a decade.

He was a devoted Christian, loved his family, and loved the Lord.  He particularly loved quoting Scripture that he had memorized early in his life.  He was a gifted writer, poet and author. He was a sports enthusiast and especially enjoyed watching basketball and boxing. He had a great interest in exercising and weightlifting.

Mr. Locklear will truly be missed by all of his loved ones. The family will receive family and friends at 37 Tiger Lane, Lumberton, NC 28360.


  • Michael Litty Posted February 12, 2024 3:31 pm

    While our hearts break, still there is love and joy in the confidence that God welcomes him with a warm embrace. With love, we cry through the pain of separation. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” – Romans 12:12

  • Lori Packer Posted February 12, 2024 6:14 pm

    Sending prayers to the Locklere family, may you find comfort within the Lord’s arms, he will never leave us but carry us during difficult times and find within His Grace sweet memories. PSALMS 34:18

  • Sheriff Burnis Wilkins Posted February 13, 2024 4:58 pm

    I would like to extend to the family of Mr. James Arnold Locklear my most sincere condolences, during this most difficult time. May God give you comfort to help ease the pain of your loss.

  • Jeanette Cummings Posted February 14, 2024 2:02 am

    Love and prayers for the family.

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