Pastor Johnnie Lee “Sam” Locklear, 81 of Salisbury passed away Saturday, March 14, 2020, at his residence.
Born in Robeson County on August 15, 1938, he was the son of the late John Locklear and Zadie Rae Chavis Locklear.
Mr. Locklear was the Pastor of First Freewill Baptist Church in Salisbury for over 30 years and retired from Martin Marietta after 45 years as a welder. He loved to garden and work in his yard. He was a hard worker and a forgiving man who loved everyone and above all else loved his Lord and wasn’t afraid to put the smackdown on you when needed.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 47 years, Deanna Locklear; brothers, James “Pap” David, Daniel, Samuel, George, and Aubrey Locklear; sister, Mary Sue Emanuel.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Hattie Locklear, whom he married on August 28, 2015; sons, Dwayne Locklear ( Jodi), Gregory Lee Locklear ( Anna); daughters, Angelina Sturgis (Mark), Brenda Evans (Rick) and Judy Hunt; sisters, Betty Ann Oxendine (Lonnie), Rachel Dial (Clyde) and Myrna Oxendine (Bobby); five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation: 6:00-8:00 pm Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at First Freewill Baptist Church, 100 Dan St., Salisbury, NC 28147.
Service: 2:00 PM Thursday, March 19, 2020, at First Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Gene Allen officiating. Burial will follow at Brookhill Memorial Gardens, 8625 US Hwy 52, Rockwell, NC 28138.
The Locklear family would like to thank Novant Health Hospice for the care they showed to Pastor Locklear, especially Erica, Kelly, Melissa and Susan.
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