Celebrating a Life Well Lived, Reverend John A. Lockhard, July 8, 1939 - April 30, 2021. Saturday, May 8, 2021, 11:00 A.M. Mount Olive Memorial Gardens, 3666 Deans Bridge Road, Hephzibah, Georgia. Reverend Dr. Kenneth B. Martin - Officiating

When I come to the end of the road, and the sun has set for me.
I want no rites in a gloom filled room. Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not for long, and not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared. Miss me but let me go.
For this is a journey we all must take, and each must go alone.
It's all part of the master plan. A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart, Go to the friends we know.
Laugh at all the things we used to do. Miss me, but let me go.
When I am dead, my dearest, sing no sad songs for me.
Plant thou no roses at my head, nor shady cypress tree
Be the green grass above me, with showers and dewdrops wet
And if thou wilt remember, and if thou wilt, forget.
I shall not see the shadows. I shall not fear the rain.
I shall not hear the nightingale, sing on as if in pain.
And dreaming through the twilight, that doth not rise or set,
Happily, I may remember, and happily, I may forget.
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The family of the late Reverend John A. Lockhart wishes to
express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your prayers,
visits, calls, comforting words, social media posts, and other acts
of kindness bestowed upon us during ourtime of bereavement.
Your kindness and love will forever be in our hearts. Please
continue to keep us in your prayers. - The Lockhart Family
111 N Washington Street | Lincolnton, Georgia 30817 | 706-359-3669
Bessie W. Lee, Funeral Director | Damonica R. Lee, Manager
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Saturday, May 8,2021
11:00 A.M.
3666 Deans Bridge Road
Hephzibah, Georgia
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Reverend Dr. Kenneth B. Martin
- Officiating -
"If I can help somebody, as I travel along; If I can help somebody,
With a word or song; If I can help somebody, from doing wrong;
No, my living shall not be in vain..."
"If I Can Help Somebody" - Mahalia Jackson
Reverend John Arthur Lockhart transitioned to his heavenly home to be
with the Lord on Friday, April 30, 2021. He was born on July 8, 1939, to
the late Jetson and Mary Lee Lockhart, in Louisville, Georgia. He accepted
Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age and was baptized at the Eden
Baptist Church in Louisville, Georgia. He later joined the Antioch Baptist
Church in Augusta, Georgia, where he served in many capacities over the
John was a proud alumnus of Lucy C. Laney High School, having graduated
in 1959. After graduation, he went on to serve in the United States Army.
Shortly thereafter, he studied auto mechanics at Augusta Technical
College. He went on to use these skills as an employee at Proctor and
Gamble, without missing a single day for thirty-one years. He worked very
hard to provide the best for his family, for he understood his role as the
head of the household.
John was called upon by his Lord and Savior to spread the word of the
gospel. He quickly accepted this call and was actively engaged in the
ministry foroverthirty years. He studied the word diligently atthe American
Baptist Theology Seminary, where he received his diploma in Christian
Training and received a Bachelor of Theology degree from Andersonville
Baptist Seminary.
While serving as one of the associate pastors at the Antioch Baptist Church,
he oversaw the Prison Ministry and the Sick and Shut-in Ministry. He also
served as the coordinator of the Wednesday Noonday Service. In addition
to these ministries, he worked in the Evangelistic Task Force and was the
Co-Chairperson of the Burke County Women's Mission of the 10th District
General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, Inc. He served as the
minister of The Children's Church as well. In November 2003, he was called
to pastor the Fellowship Baptist Church, where he served for sixteen years
before retiring in 2020.
John was well known throughout the community. He never met a stranger
and greeted everyone with a warm smile. He was known to call and check
in on his friends and loved ones to pray with them or just laugh and talk.
He, also, frequently assisted families in the Juvenile Court System and
served as the Chaplain for Habitat for Humanity. He also held weekly Bible
studies for elderly individuals. He truly had a zest for life and found joy in
helping others.
John was an avid car and motorcycle enthusiast. He also occasionally
enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved frequently traveling with his wife
and family. Most of all, John greatly enjoyed spending time with his family,
especially with his host of grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence Lockhart, and sister,
Patricia Waltower.
Loved ones he leaves to cherish his fond memories: his loving wife of
fifty-nine years, Gertrude Lockhart; four children, Vince (Dr. Terri) Lockhart
of Martinez, GA, Loleevee (Freddie) Brown, Lorenzo Lockhart, both of
Augusta, GA, and Dr. Lutricia (Kenny) Parkman of North Augusta, SC;
ten grandchildren, Nicole, Jala, Simone, John, Xavier, Miles, Leah, Jenae,
Kimberly, and Kendall; two great-grandchildren, Novia and Kayden; four
sisters, Berlinda (Henry) Stevens, Jeanette (Thomas Lee) Hawkins, both of
Augusta, GA, Tijuana Shivers-Stanley, and Katherine Lockhart, both of
Miami FL; one brother, Larry Lockhart, of Miami, FL; sister-in-law, Daisy
Thurmond of Clarks Hill, SC; brothers-in-law, Reverend Eugene Waltower,
Michael Tanksley, Ramsey Jones, and Moses (Sheila) Jones, all of Augusta,
GA, and Luther (Rosa Lee) Jones of Appling, GA; godchildren, Victor
Sullivan Jr., Bradley Jones, Breanka Williams, and Cornelious Bryant, all of
Augusta, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends that he
loved dearly.
OldTestament.......................Reverend David Williams
NewTestament.......................Reverend James Morris
PRAYER....................................Mr. Lorenzo Lockhart
SOLO....................................Mr. Henry Stevens, Jr.
REFLECTIONS.....Ms. Katie Morris | Member of Fellowship Baptist Church
Three Minutes, Please Xavier Holley | Grandson
Reverend Clarence Grier | Classmate
OBITUARY...........................................Read Silently
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS................................Nicole Lockhart
SOLO...............................................Deleki R. Lee
EULOGY.............................Reverend Dr. Kenneth B. Martin
Because of you we have each other.
Yet you made each one of us the apple of your eye.
Your Rock. Your Dump Truck. Your One.
For some of us you were our only grandfather.
For all of us, you were the best...
Even if you scared us with a gorilla mask,
And certainly not because you had a song for everything
Even if you couldn't really sing.
You are our Grandaddy, Veteran, Double Grandaddy, Poppy, and Papa John.
We witnessed the love Grandma has held for you.
You always made sure there was a kitchen full of our favorite foods:
Pig trotters, Crab Legs with butter sauce, Creamed Corn, and Hash.
From every Excursion to Hilton Head,
To a pool you only cleaned when we'd visit for summer,
You were always waiting at the door ready to spoil us.
And when your name was called in Heaven,
We know you remembered to "Jump!"
We know you stood before your Creator dressed like a golden nugget,
Awaiting a banquet with all the loved ones you couldn't call to check up on.
And then after you've eaten, you'll kick back in your big chair and sleep.
We'll be looking out for those heavenly moments -
The little wink-reminders that you're watching over us.
And when we dial up to heaven, we bet youll answer and say,
"May the blessings of God fall afresh upon you."
Written with memories from:
Nicole Lockhart, Simone Hollie,
Jala Lockhart, Xavier Hollie,
John Allen Brown, Jenae Brown,
Leah Lockhart, Kimberly Lockhart,
Miles Parkman and Kendall Parkman