Philip W. Lockhart
Philip W. Lockhart, 61, passed from this life to begin his next great adventure on June 28th at his home in Barry, Texas. He was a wonderful father, son and brother. A native of Beaumont, he graduated from French High School in 1964 and joined the Air Force in 1966 serving until 1972. Upon return to Beaumont he enrolled in Lamar Technical College and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He lived his life to the fullest and for those who knew him understand the large presence that he was and it is hard to imagine life without him. He is survived by his mother, Johnnie Mae Lockhart, 87, of San Antonio, his daughters Margaret Devillier and her husband Russell of Nederland and Jennifer Neal and husband Ron of Colleyville, two sons Aaron Lockhart and Philip Lockhart Jr. both of Kingwood, his brother James V. Lockhart and Roseanne of Milford, his sister Sue Faifer and husband Kenneth of San Antonio, five grandchildren, six nieces and nephews and great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father Jack E. Lockhart and his son Terrance Lockhart. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, July 12th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at Big Rich Courville's located at 1744 Rose Lane (off Hwy. 90) in Beaumont. (2.8 miles past Major Drive on the left) All are welcome and stories are requested! In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Phil's honor to Lamar University Foundation, P.O. Box 11500, Beaumont, Texas 77710.
Published by The Beaumont Enterprise on Jul. 9, 2008.
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I know you've already had a lot of these requests, but give everyone up there a hug for me. Don't forget to give yourself one. We love you and miss you and we'll always be thinking about you.
Love, Kimberly
Kimberly Faifer
August 7, 2008
It was such a shock that we lost you so soon. I had to pinch myself when I got the call, to see if I was dreaming. It’s still hard to believe. I just saw you a few weeks before and I am so happy that I did. You left us with so many funny memories…all your stories, nicknames, schnozolas, and the list goes on and on. You lived your life by doing things your own way and you left this life with so many people loving you for it. We celebrated your life and it was so nice to see everyone and to hear all of the wonderful things that they had to say about you. It just didn’t seem right that you weren’t there. Hearing all of the stories about you and looking at all of the pictures, it really made me realize something that I knew, but I don’t know that I had ever really sat and thought about…that is how much we loved you and how much I know you loved us. We didn’t get to see each other much, but I miss you. I believe that you’re in a better place and I know that you’re watching over all of us and that we’ll see you again someday. When I get there, I expect a good story. I love you Uncle Phil!
Love, your niece Kimberly

Miss Me--But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road,
And the sun has set for me.
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little--but not too long,
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me--but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take,
And each must go alone.
It's all a part of the Master's plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart,
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss Me--But Let me Go!
Kimberly Faifer
August 7, 2008
The words aren't easy to come by...honestly, I am still finding it hard to grasp your untimely passing. In my eyes, you were an 'old soul', with true depth and compassion with a very passionate soul. I always envisioned you growing to be a very old man. But I accept God's plan for each of us. I feel blessed to have been left with so many fond memories of you! You're a great son, a superb father, a truly awesome uncle and a wonderful friend to so many! I thank you from the bottom of my heart for leaving me with the sweet memories of the times we spent together. You are deeply missed and lovingly remembered. Until I see you again. I love you. Your niece, Melissa
Melissa Faifer
August 7, 2008
As we close this final chapter of the life of Philip W. Lockhart, I would like to paraphrase from a letter written by a dear friend of his.

" Phil was a "drifter" friend, drifting in and out of our lives over the past 60 years, each time showing up with a suitcase full of adventures and stories to share. He was an entertainer, full of life and fascinated by whatever life held in store for him. We can all rest assured knowing he is somewhere plotting his next great adventure and waiting to share it with us when we meet again."

Although, Philip Lockhart, Act II has closed it's doors for the final time, the memories will live forever.

Thanks to all of those who were his friends and loved him as his family did. He valued each and every one of you and held you in his heart until the end.

God Speed, Philip Wayne Lockhart. We miss you and love you dearly.

Your Little Sis, Susie Q
Sue Lockhart Faifer
August 5, 2008
Dear Markie and Jennifer,
I was so sorry to hear about your dad. It is hard for me to believe he is gone. He was one of my very best friends since we "went steady" in college. I had not seen him for so many years. He had a great influence on my life and I wish I had told him so. I can't believe he is gone so soon. I am praying that God will comfort you and all of his family.
Love to you, Linda Tyson Mazzola (Jennifer Mazzola's mom)
Linda Mazzola
July 23, 2008
My dear friend, Phil, I am so lucky to have had you in my life! What great memories you helped create in good old "Spang" and afterwards here in the states.You will be missed so very much by so many, even though we know you are in a better place. love, Spence
Betty Spence
July 17, 2008
This is a tribute to my cousin Philip Wayne. We had great times growing up and visiting our Grandparents Daddy Sanders and Momma Addie. Always faithful to French High!
Go Lamar Cardinals!
You will be missed by me for sure.
Susie Sanders Hechler
July 11, 2008
Uncle Phil,
You will be truly missed but just know that you will live in our hearts forever. The one fondest memory that have with you is the "schnazoolas". For those that know what I am talking about I am sure are laughing on the inside and for those that are confused you would have to be there at the moment to understand. You left us alot earlier than expected but you are now up there with your other loved ones and please give them all hugs for me. I love you and will miss you. Love your niece, Michele
Michele Barrett
July 11, 2008
Phil, You were my first love, dancing partner and later on in life my friend. It was wonderful seeing you again after 30 years. My memories of you are of fun but most of all: LOVE See you later Gill
Gillian Conner
July 10, 2008
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
Darlene (Conner) Blakesley
July 9, 2008
My brother, my friend! You left us much too soon but your memory will be with us always. As our father would have said " You are gooder than 'ery angel!" You gave so much during your short stay on this earth and you left it a happier place for so many. I'll see you when I see you. Give Monica and Sarge a hug for me. Love, Your Sis, Sue
Sue Faifer
July 9, 2008
My brother, friend and boon companion. It was too soon but you always marched to your own drummer. You are loved and will be in my heart always.
Jim Lockhart
July 9, 2008
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