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Beveridge LaMar Lock, 1926-1994

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Beveridge LaMar Lock was born May 20, 1926, in Birmingham, Indiana, to Dora Dean Miles Lock and Arthur Manuel Lock. He married Dorothy Virginia Long on December 15, 1946. Together they raised one daughter, Harriet Ann Lock Fletcher, and four sons, Dennis Owen Lock, Arthur Miles Lock, John Edward Lock, and Joseph Earl Lock. The Rev. Lock was the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren who were the lights of his life.

He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II and a graduate of Asbury College and Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He attended Bridgewater College, James Madison University, and the University of Virginia. In addition to his pastorate, he was a certified rehabilitation counselor in the Winchester area for more than 20 years with the Department of Rehabilitative Services.

The Rev. Lock entered the ministry in 1950 and served at various charges including Linden, Dayton, Kernstown, and Relief. He was currently serving his 18th year at the Fairview-Refuge Charge in the Winchester District at the time of his death.

The Rev. Lock was known for his humor, compassion and gentle spirit. One loving comment from a parishioner reads, "He preached funerals so well that it was thought good to be dead." This really reflects Pastor Lock's feelings that death was a celebration of life. His faith was strong and his belief in the wonders of heaven, absolute.

The Rev. Lock was an inspiration to many people, myself included. Through his guidance, love and example, I am currently entering my final year at Shenandoah University in preparation for diaconal ministryj. He was not only my father-in-law but also my friend. He will be sadly missed by the many, many people who came to know Christ in a personal way through the ministry of Bev Lock.

-Mary Jane Higgs Lock



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