Bernard Lockhart

October 6, 1953April 21, 2021
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Bernard Lockhart was born on October 6, 1953 in Harlem Hospital, New York City to the late Cicero Lockhart and Mary Lee Washington-Lockhart.

Bernard attended Galliard Elementary School, Eutawville, SC, Roberts High School, Holly Hill SC, Morris High School, Bronx, NY and Harlem Preparatory School, NYC, NY.

Bernard joined the United States Army in 1976 where he served as a Personnel Clerk and a Medical Specialist (Medic) attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSG/E6). During his career as a soldier his duty stations have been; Fort Stewart, GA, Berlin, Germany, Fort Belvoir, VA, Fort Lewis, WA, Fort Bliss, TX, Fort Kobbe, Panama and Fort Ritchie, MD. He played basketball for the Army at various Posts obtaining the nickname “Bernie Chopper One”.

SSG Lockhart served honorably and received numerous commendations: The Meritorious Service Award, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Commendations Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, and the Drill Sergeant Badge. He was most proud of serving as a United States Army Drill Sgt, where he helped transform 1,000 civilians into soldiers. Many of whom are still serving. SSG Lockhart retired from military service in 1994 but still continued to serve his country and fellow soldiers by being employed with the Department of Veteran Affairs as a Medical Coder where he worked for 19 years.

Bernard loved his family, playing cards, and listening to jazz music. He particularly liked watching Sci-Fi T.V. shows and sports.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Ronnie Lockhart. He leaves behind two daughters, Tiana J. Parrish and Shaina C.M. Lockhart; one granddaughter, Kennede D. Parrish; two brothers, Kenneth Washington and Calvin B. Lockhart; three nieces, Keena Washington, Sabrina Berryhill and Josha'Dee Lockhart; one nephew, Calvin B. Lockhart Jr; one special and close cousin, Linda Washington; an Uncle Paul "Jesse" Washington and all of the children of the late Stephen and Henrietta Davis; and a host of grand nieces, cousins and friends..

Bernard loved to serve. He was called to serve again on April 21, 2021 this time in God’s army. When God calls, soldiers report and soldiers serve.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 30, 2021 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel, with burial in Fort Jackson National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 11:00 until 11:30 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.


  • Visitation

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 30, 2021


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    Friday, April 30, 2021


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Brenda Baker

May 4, 2021

I would like to send my Condolences to the family of the late Bernard Lockhart. I'm from Hinesville, GA and he was a friend of our family. I'm the Sister of Shirley Mikel, he was near and dear to our hearts, Slim as he was known to Us will truly be missed, Be Encouraged, Love Mayor Larry and 1st Lady Brenda Baker of Walthourville, Ga

Earlmean Washington

April 30, 2021

To the Lockhart family, I send our deepest condolences on behalf of the Washington family and if there’s anything I/We can do please contact myself, Love Nema.

Leslie Sanders-McKnight

April 30, 2021

Sabrina, sending prayers of comfort to you and the family, love you.

LaChanta Parrott

April 30, 2021

I met my dear friend Bernard while working at Dorn VA. He was such a kind and gentle soul. He was very knowledgeable about coding and was always ready to assist. His laughter was infectious. We would talk about the Bible. He loved his family so dearly as he would speak about them often. Although, I’m greatly saddened by his passing, I am so blessed that our paths crossed. He was such a bright light to all who knew and loved him. I look forward to seeing him again in God ‘s promised New World, where death will be no more and the meek ones will inherit the earth. 2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:3, 4 and Psalms 37: 9-11. We send our sincerest condolences to Bernard’s entire family. May Jehovah God give you peace, and comfort your broken heart.
2 Corinthians 1:2-7


Michelle Thorne

April 29, 2021

Lord knows, Bruce’s heart was the same when I was a kid and the same as I became an adult. I cherish our talks/texts we shared. I especially appreciate the time he devoted with Jared, which helped him make the decision to serve our country. Tiana and Shaina your dad is a “Special Dude” We will miss you Bruce💙😢 A Job Well Done!❣️🇺🇸💪🏾

Denise Guillory

April 29, 2021

My friend, my confident, and one of my biggest supporters. I will miss our phone conversations, texts and the laughs and good times we shared. Our laughs until we were in tears. Me answering the phone and you saying in your Bernard voice “ whatcha doing girl”? Thank you for your words of encouragement personally and professionally. During some tough times you always had my back and I had yours.

The memories of El Paso and West Palm Beach is what I will forever keep close.

Love You Always ❤️❤️ Bayou Girl - Denise Guillory

Coreen Smith

April 29, 2021

“Lives are like rivers, eventually they go where they must, not where we want them to go “. These words will keep me going for I know each moment has unfolded like it should have and that there is nothing I could have done to be your savior as much as I wish I could have. No matter what tomorrow brings I will embrace tenacity and compassion just the very way you would have

Jill Long

April 28, 2021

Mr b as I always called him was a kind man whom I shared an office with for a number of years. We were coworkers as well as friends and we shared a military bond. I know he loved his 2 daughters beyond words and shared many stories with me about Kennede. Always a gentleman with a hug and a smile. Rip my friend until we meet again and I know we will.

Thomas Lowe

April 28, 2021

My friendship and bond journey begin with Bernie in 1978 while serving our country in Berlin, Germany.

Bernie was a loving and caring family man, loved the game of basketball and listening to that soothing jazz music. Your smile and laughter will always be a constant reminder to enjoy life.

"Faith, Family, Friends"///////"Gone But Never Forgotten"/////"R.I.P. Brother Bernie"

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"To Those Whom I Love and Those Who Love Me"

" Author Unknown
When I am gone, release me, let me go

I have so many things to see and do
You must not tie yourself to me with tears
Be happy that I have had so many years

I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave me in happiness

I thank you for the love each have shown
But now it is time I traveled on alone

So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust
It is only for a while that we must part
So bless the memories in your heart

I will not be far away, for life goes on
So if you need me, call and I will come

Though you cannot see or touch me, I will be near
And if you listen with your heart, you will hear

All my love around you soft and clear
Then, when you must come this way alone
I will greet you with a smile and a Welcome Home

Brenda Lowe

April 28, 2021

Our deepest sympathy and prayers to the family of Bernard (Bernie) Lockhart. Since our time in Berlin Germany he filled our lives with lots of love and friendship that we will carry in our hearts forever. A true Gentlemen and soldier. May you treasure all your memories of Bernard and may God bless and comfort you.
RIP Bernie we miss you.

Brenda Lowe


Kennede and G-DADDY




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