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Robert Paul Lockwood, 1948-2003

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  Robert Paul Lockwood was the fourth of six children, born August 21, 1948, in Montgomery County, Kentucky. He passed away in an automobile accident on March 28, 2003. He was preceded in death by a sister, Romano Ester Lockwood; and a brother, David L. Lockwood.

  Survivors include his wife, Vickie C. Lockwood of Schuyler; a daughter, April Lynn Lockwood of Schuyler; a son, Robert Christopher Lockwood of Verona; his parents, the Rev. Edwin Lockwood and Mary Lockwood of Grimstead; three brothers, Dr. William Lockwood of Newport News, the Rev. John Lockwood of Xenia, Ohio, and James Lockwood of Gloucester.

  Bob served in the U.S. Air Force from 1967-1971 during the Vietnam War. He completed his undergraduate degree at Virginia State University and later received his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond. Bob served at Fairmont Church in the Ashland District from 1983-1987; he served in the Chaplaincy Program at the University of Virginia from 1990-1991; the Batesville Charge in the Charlottesville District from 1991-1997; Aldersgate Church in the Norfolk District from 1997-1999; and Mt. Pisgah Church in the Harrisonburg District from 1999-2001. Bob went on disability leave in 2001 due to medical complications.

  Bob loved the ministry. He was at his best when he was helping others. He was such a comfort to those families who spent many restless, uncertain hours in the hospital during crisis times. The letters I have received testifying to his warmth and kindness has been a blessing to my heart since his passing. He also enjoyed helping the elderly in the community by cutting wood, mowing lawns, and even cleaning out springs on occasion. He loved raising a garden and sharing the bounty with the surrounding community and his congregations. Whenever there was a need Bob was always there.

  Bob’s memory and reciting of Scripture — chapters at a time — was always of great amazement to me. We were all especially touched during the Christmas season with his recitation of the Birth of Christ in Luke (Chapter 2).

  I know Bob will be greatly missed by many. I would like to share with you one of his favorite Scriptures; a section from 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13, verses 1-13: "...For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love."

— Vickie Lockwood and family

 

 

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