PEMBROKE — Rudy Locklear, 59, of 2238 Prospect Road, was born on Oct. 28, 1953, to the Rev. Steve Locklear and Gertrude Oxendine, departed this earthly life to be with his heavenly Father on Oct. 5, 2013.
The funeral will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Cherokee Chapel Holiness Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Gertrude Oxendine; two brothers, Earnest Jedrick Locklear and Lanny Steven Locklear; a nephew, Bryan Delano Locklear; and a brother-in-law, Clinton Jacobs.
Rudy leaves to cherish his love and memories two sons, Jan-Michael Locklear and Christopher Locklear; a daughter, Tressa Karlene Locklear; four grandchildren, Ryann Meshelle Locklear, Jordan Kristofer Davis, Alexis Kristina Davis, and Jayden Christopher Locklear; his wife, Debbie Locklear; his father, the Rev. Steve Locklear; a sister, Darlene Jacobs; a brother, Jeffery Bryan Locklear (Connie); five nephews, Clinton Drake Jacobs (Cassandra), Antonio ‘Tony' Locklear, Kevin Lynn Harris (Tasha), Keith Harris, and Brandon Locklear; along with three special cousins, Renee Jones, Vicki Locklear Hunt, and Myra Locklear; five special friends, Brenda Locklear, Sharmaine Locklear, Brenda and Bruce Jacobs and Spencer Locklear; nine great-nephews and nieces; and a huge host of family and friends.
As an educator, Rudy taught biology, math, science, and other courses at Robeson Community College. He taught many of the critical classes with the new Allied Health and Nursing Program. Rudy rapidly advanced to become the first Native American vice-president of Continuing Education at the Community College.
Rudy was a multi-talented and beautifully gifted musician. He sang and played the piano at hundreds of weddings, community programs, social events, gospel singings, and pageants. He was also a founding member and lead singer with the award winning Cherokee Quartet. He was also a member of The Plainsman Quartet from The Sandy Plains United Methodist Church. The quartet sacrificed many nights and weekends traveling and singing around the county and region. They won awards singing songs that Rudy had hand written through inspiration from God. Rudy also had the wonderful opportunity to serve as the lead performer to the famous "Happy Goodman Family."
Wherever Rudy went or whomever he sang with, his music, voice, and testimony brought joy and encouragement to packed- out churches and auditoriums.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Cherokee Chapel Holiness Methodist Church, 5590 Oxendine School Road in Maxton.