In Memory

Tom Lockard

Tom Lockard

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01/14/12 11:10 AM #1    

Danny T. Ferguson

Tommy was my best friend since the 8th grade and remained so until he died.  During our high school years we did everything together and were nearly inseparable.  Over the years afterward, although we didn't see each other very often, when we did, our friendship was as strong as ever.  Tommy was one of the best human beings I have ever known.  I was with him and his family when he died some years ago at Hospice.  I will always miss him.   Danny Ferguson

03/04/12 01:10 PM #2    

Kaye Lanier-Eisenbraun (Smith)

Tom and i worked togather at Integon.  Such a wonderul friend  So sad he is gone

04/03/12 01:44 PM #3    

Danny T. Ferguson

This is to summarize the obituary of my best friend, Thomas Jerome Lockard, Jr.  Tommy passed away June 3, 2002 at the age of 57.  He was born September 22, 1944 in Altoona, Pennslyvania to Thomas Jerome Lockard, Sr. and Ester Nale Lockard.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Viet Nam from 1968 to 1969.  He was retired from Integon Corp. after 30 years of service.  He was a member of Augsburg Lutheran Church and was previously involved in the building of King of Glory Lutheran Church, where he served as vice-president of the church council and chairman of the property committee and the call committee.  Also, he and his wife started a youth group at King of Glory.  Tommy also taught classes at Forsyth Techical Community College in Introduction to programming. 

Surviving are his wife, Pam Rogers Lockard, a son, Shawn Lockard and wife Tracy of Thomasville;  three grand children:  Jordon Thomas Lockard, Hailey Madison Lockard, Carson Reid Lockard;  Two sisters, Linda Lockard McCarter of High Point and Bonnie Lockard Newman and husband David of Concord;  along with numerous other relatives and special friends.

On Thursday after Tommy's death, the funeral was held at Augsburg Lutheran Church with Dr. Ronald A. Rinn, the Rev. Shirley Harrison, and the Rev. Edwin Troutman officiating.  Entombment followed at Forsyth Memorial Park with military rifles  by District 11 Memorial Honor Guard.


03/17/16 11:06 AM #4    

Danny T. Ferguson

I want to add another story to the Tommy Lockard saga.  I will call it the Great Train Fiasco and although it did not involve me, it did Tommy and Pete Davis of the RJR class of 62 and Mike Byrd who was a few years behind us.   Tommy, Pete and Mike all lived on West End Blvd, all three within 100 feet of each other.  For reasons unknown to  me, the three of them when they were very young, maybe 11 or 12, came over to Reynolds High School and saw a train minus the locomotive was located on the tracks somewhere in the vicinity just above the gym.  They all three climbed onto a box car and one of them, seeing a wheel at the top of the box car, turned the wheel, pretending to be driving.  Well, the wheel was not for steering, but rather it was the brake.  Accidently, the brake was released and the box car started rolling.  Before it crashed, all of the boys jumped off, but Pete Davis hurt himself when he landed.  The crash made a huge racket.

    Coincidently, the Washington Redskins were in Winston Salem for an exhibition game and were practicing across the street in Hanes Park.  At the sound of the crash, the Red Skins abruptly stopped their practice and some of the players crossed Northwest Blvd and went up to the scene of the fiasco and tried to help.  There, they found Pete injured and on the ground.

(Now, here is where the story gets shaky, but it may very well be true.) Supposedly, renowned Red Skin quarterback, Eddie Lebaron, picked Pete up from the ground and carried him to safety.    As far as I know, no one got into trouble, except perhaps the railroad for allowing such a dangerous attractive nuisance.  At any rate, it makes for a good story.

03/21/16 07:29 PM #5    

Peter K. Davis

Yes I was there, and I was the mysterious person that let the brakes off the train,and when the train started to rol, Ijumped from the top-breaking my leg. It was,indeed Redskins QB thar carried me to yje ambulance on Northwest Blvd at the RJR gym. It was the first dat of school, 6th grade -  1955   Aug or Sept 1955. Tommy and Mike were taken home by the WSPD

In addition, I still miss Tommy- , a loyal friend for many years and a salt of the earth person- not flashy, but a friend you could always counton! We got into trouble numeruus times and I could tell many stories . I wish I could tell him how much I loved him

Pete Davios

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