Services for Mr. Ronald Lockley, 48, of Jefferson, Texas will be held at the Texas Louisiana Baptist Association Building in Marshall, Texas at 11:00 AM Friday July 17, 2020. Visitation will be Thursday July 16, 2020 at the Lewis & Walker Funeral Chapel in Jefferson, Texas. Burial will be Monday July 20, 2020 in Keithville, LA at Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery.
It is said that when life begins, it is like an open book with many blank pages. Each day as we live, our deeds are recorded page by page until we close our eyes in death and await that great getting up morning. It is written in 2 Corinthians 5:8; We are confident, I say and willing rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Death holds no terror for a child of God. The Life and Legacy of Ronald Andrew Lockley, II On December 25, 1971, the book of Ronald Andrew Lockley II was opened in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He was born to the late Ronald A. Lockley, Sr and Bernice Facon-Lockley. That book contains 48 chapters. Ronald was affectionately called “BooBoo” by his family and childhood friends. He was known to always do funny things. He loved to joke around, that attribute followed him into adulthood. Anyone who knew him knows he loved a good debate and would stand toe to toe with anyone on just about any subject. Ronald had great aspirations in life. You would’ve thought he was a famous chef, when he prepared a gourmet meal. You would have thought he was a fashion designer, when he dressed for any event. You would have thought he was a college professor, when he spoke so articulately. You would have thought he was a famous singer, when he sang in the True Light Ministries Choir. The list could go on and on. Ronald joined the United States Army at the age of 19. He served his country with pride. He served 5 tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. In the military, he received may accolades. In 2017, he retired from the United States Army and immediately continued his service in the United States Army Reserve. During his career in the military, he was afforded the opportunity to see the world! Ronald was never idle and was always on the move. In 2016, he entered a journey of furthering his education at Wiley College. While attending Wiley College, he became a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the National Society of Leadership and Success, the National Honor Society of Business and the Wiley College HONDA team. In May 2020, Ronald graduated from Wiley College with the honor of Cum Larde, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in History. Not only was Ronald a full-time college student, he was one of the founding members of the True Light Ministries Church of Jefferson, Texas. You could find him devoting his free time to help his friend, Pastor Paul Body get things together at the church. On Sunday mornings, you would find him singing tenor in the choir and Kay Kay would say that he always had a little extra to add to EVERYBODY’s song! Ronald even assisted with the First baptism. He was a great worker for the Lord God Almighty! As you can see from reading this obituary, Ronald was a great man! Ronald was a family man. Only God knows why Chapter 48 is the last chapter of his book. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald and Bernice Lockley, his brothers Darryle Woodyard and Brian Lockely. On July 8, 2020 in Marshall, Texas, the final page was recorded. He leaves to cherish his legacy, a woman whom he adored and everybody he came in contact with knew she was his wife, the love of his life; Sandra Kaye Lockely, daughters Brielle Lockely and De Andrea Carson, son Rico Kelly, brothers Gregory (Marlene) Woodyard and Michael Woodyard, mother in law, Irene Gipson and a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
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