Robert H. Lockwood
Col. Robert Hancock Lockwood, USMC (retired), of Seven Lakes, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Pinehurst, with a reception immediately following at Beacon Ridge Country Club. He will be buried at a later date with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.
He was born Nov. 2, 1934, in Stamford, Conn. After graduating from Brunswick School and Nichols College, he entered military service as a naval cadet in the Naval Flight Training Program at Pensacola, Fla. His first duty station was at the Marine Corps Air Station in Miami, where he met and married his wife, Marty.
Col. Lockwood served two tours of duty in Vietnam and flew 862 missions. His personal decorations include the Silver Star Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal (43), Navy Commendation Medal (2) with Combat “V,” Combat Action Ribbon and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star.
Sports played a very important part in Bob’s life. He lettered in baseball, football and basketball in high school, and in football in college. He was a member of the USMC champion soccer team in 1958. Bob coached baseball for many years and was president of the Little League Association in Garden Grove, Calif., and again later in Norfolk, Va.
While stationed in Norfolk, he attended the Armed Forces Staff College and served as commanding officer of the Marine Air Reserve Training Attachment. Bob served our country for 29 years and retired in 1983.
After retirement, Bob became the executive director of the Orange County, N.C., chapter of the American Red Cross, where he served for 10 years. He was awarded the William O. Yohe Outstanding Kiwanian Award in 1993 by the Chapel Hill Club.
He and his wife, Marty, moved to Seven Lakes in 2000, where he enjoyed boating on Lake Auman and golfing almost daily. He had been active as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and a tutor with the Tuesday tutoring program at West End Presbyterian Church.
Bob was preceded in death by his father, Joseph R. Lockwood; and mother, Margaret Hancock Lockwood. He is survived by his wife, Martha Hillis Lockwood; children, Pamela Koll, Kendra (John) Marshall, Brae (Don) DePol and Brent (Cathy) Lockwood; sister, Jean (David) Reilly; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, FirstHealth Hospice and Palliative Care, or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences can be made at www.bolesfuneral home.com.
Boles Funeral Home of Seven Lakes is serving the family.