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Noah Lockley, Sr.

The Apalach Times
The Apalach Times

Noah Lockley, Sr. was born to Joseph Permon Lockley and Daisy Lockley July 17, 1922 in Wakulla County. He passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020 at Seven Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center in Tallahassee.

The graveside Homegoing service will be Saturday, July 4 at 11 a.m. at Magnolia Cemetery

As a young child, he relocated to Creels in Franklin County with his mother and father (Poppa and Momma) in 1929. He attended school in Wakulla County. In his early life, he cut paper wood, cut logs and worked at the sawmill.

He married Vernell Gatlin on Sept. 14, 1940 and they were married for 76 years prior to her preceding him in death.

He entered the U.S. Navy in 1945 which enabled him to serve in World War II and to travel afar. His tour of duty included travels to China, Guam, the South Pacific and the Panama Canal. He returned to the US at the Brooklyn Naval Yard and later received an honorable discharge in Memphis, Tennessee. The GI Bill allowed him to continue his education upon being discharged from the Navy.

Noah joined Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in 1946 and has been an active member ever since.

He continued his work in the Franklin County area working on the Tate’s Hell Road construction, assisting to build what we now know as Hwy 65.

He began work at The St Joe Paper Company in 1957. His first job was unloading wood from box cars. He was quickly promoted to the scale house and retired after 38 years as an aerial operator. He had very strong work ethics and never missed going to work.

He remained very active with Friendship Missionary Baptist Church throughout his life and served as Sunday School teacher, superintendent of Sunday School, president of BYPU, deacon and deacon emeritus.

He was an active member in the community as well a strong advocate for education. He was a member of the NAACP and towards the end of his career; he was elected to the Franklin County School Board and served for six years. He served on the Recreation Board and City Planning & Zoning Committee.

He has received numerous honors throughout his life. A few to mention are in June 1979 Presidential Award honored for having five children to graduate from Florida A & M University; in July 2007 the Golden Democrat Award from the Capital City Democratic Women’s Club; in August 2009 Deacon Emeritus at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church; and in Jan. 2011 Grand Marshal for Martin Luther King Parade Celebration

He attributed his long life and good health to a strong faith and belief in Jesus Christ, strong family ties and strong work ethics. His latter days were spent in Seven Hills in Tallahassee, where he was known as the “General” sitting in the “:Amen Corner.”

He leaves to cherish his memories: sons Noah Lockley, Jr.(Georgia) and James Permon Lockley(Angela); daughters, Earthine Plair, Theresa Donaldson and Penny Cates (Corey); 13 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law Pauline Powell; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.