James Henry Lockett, Jr.
Aug. 27, 1931-Apr. 7, 2014
James H. Lockett, Jr., born August 27, 1931, in Gulfport, MS, was the eldest of five children born to James Sr. and Ethel Berry Lockett. His demise was on April 7, 2014 at age 82. He was a faithful member of Morning Star Baptist Church.
He obtained a High School Diploma from 33rd Avenue High School, a Bachelor's degree from Tougaloo College and a Masters degree from University of Illinois. He also served two years in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was employed with the Gulfport Municipal School District for 46 years where he was employed as a teacher, principal, counselor and an administrator.
He was united in marriage to Myra King on September 18, 1953. To this union five children were born, James, III, Andrew, Angela, Aaron and Juan. Andrew preceded him in death in 1990.
His commitment to service is reflected in the numerous religious, educational, fraternal, civic and social organizations of which he was a member. He served as General Superintendent of the Sunday School, a member of the Deacon Board and male choir at Morning Star Baptist Church and served as an Instructor at the State Baptist Convention and the National Baptist Convention. He was inducted into the Tougaloo College Hall of Fame in recognition of his religious achievements. He was a member of the Mississippi Association of Teachers, the National Education Association, a Lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and a member of the M.W. King Hiram A.F.A.M. Grand Lodge, to name a few. He was involved in numerous organizations on the local, state and national levels which are far too voluminous to list.
This son, brother, father, uncle and grandfather will be remembered by many.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Myra; three sons, James (Roslyn) Lockett, III, Baton Rouge, LA, Aaron Lockett and Juan Lockett both of Gulfport; one daughter, Angela (Reginald) Sampson, Jackson, MS; 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren who will miss the love of their doting "Granddaddy," as he was so lovingly called; three sisters, Alpha (Charles) George, Deloris Powell, Delbrah Buford; in-laws, Edward King, Sr., Ossienelle Hutchins and Bonnie Averhart.
Visitation: 5-7 pm, Monday, April 14, 2014, Lockett-Williams Mortuary, Inc. Funeral: 11 am, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Morning Star Baptist Church. Internment: Biloxi National Cemetery. In Lieu of Flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Morning Star Baptist Church Building Fund. Sign registry at lockettwilliams.com.
Published in The Sun Herald from Apr. 12 to Apr. 13, 2014