DEBBIE K. LOCKEAR, 60, of Pembroke NC, was born May 2, 1961 in Robeson County, and was the daughter of the late Waltz “Bo” Locklear and living Peggy R. Locklear. She departed this life for her Heavenly home on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at Scotland Regional Hospice.
Mrs. Debbie was preceded in death by one brother, Christopher J. Locklear and one brother-in-law Jack “Doug” Dew.
Mrs. Debbie is survived by her husband Gary L. Locklear of 37 years, daughter Kaylyn E. Locklear of Pembroke. Three brothers, James E. Locklear and wife, Iris, of Pembroke, Walt “Kelly” Locklear and wife, Brenda, of Pembroke, and Jeffery Locklear and wife Jennifer of Pembroke. Three sisters, Sabrina L. Brooks and husband Ronnie of Pembroke, Angela J. Chavis and husband Charles of Pembroke, and Sonya L. Hunt and husband Tim of Lumberton and Towanda Locklear of Pembroke. Mrs. Debbie also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews that she adored.
In Native American culture the turtle represents wisdom, healing, and protection. Debbie embodied these values in her life and bestowed these traits on those she cared for. Debbie was an educator for 30 years in a variety of positions ranging from Custodian to Teacher Assistant, to Teacher and then ultimately Mentor and Academic Coach. Debbie provided Wisdom to all the young children she encountered and educators seeking support. Her wisdom she freely shared with those eager to learn or in need of assistance. She spent her free time helping countless individuals revise papers, complete resumes, and job applications just to name a few. Her Healing powers came through in the form of food, she cherished the opportunity to feed you and support you during your time of need. If you ever left Debbie's house hungry it was through no fault other than your own. Her Protective traits showed the brightest in her educational career, the worst thing you could have done was to mistreat a child. “Her Babies” as she often called them, were first priority, she would shun an adult as easy as breathing in order to help a child in need. Debbie’s impact on the lives of those around her will be a gaping crater needing to be filled. Her contribution to the children and families of Robeson County and her loved ones alike will be felt for generations to come.
You will be greatly missed an adorned by many, rest easy, and fly high!