Rex Locklear

June 1, 1959January 5, 2020

Rex Locklear of Atlantic Beach passed away January 5, 2020. He was born in Lumberton, NC on June 1, 1959 and graduated from Pembroke High School.

Rex married Shelia Locklear June 29, 1984. He retired from the US Navy after 22 years of service. Soon after his retirement, Rex began his 2nd career at BAE with whom he is still employed.

He was a longtime member and Deacon at Oak Harbor Baptist Church and was known as a jack-of-all-trades preferring to work outdoors. In addition to his wife, Shelia, he is survived by his daughter, Ashley Baker (Arsenio); grandchildren, La’Niyah, Za’Riyah, Alijah, and Alaya; sister, Judy Locklear; and a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be held 2pm Tuesday, January 14th at Oak Harbor Baptist Church, Atlantic Beach. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020


Rex Locklear

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Scott Harrington

January 30, 2021

I was a Shipmate with Rex and I went in the service at 17 years old. Rex was someone I always looked up to.. He was as good a leader and friend as they come. I will miss that infectious smile and laugh. I have thought of him often over the years and I'm saddened deeply. My thoughts and prayers to you Sheila


January 30, 2021

Rex and I served together on board the USST. C. Hart (FF-1092) a great running Buddy on liberty, back then we worked hard and played hard. He had a laugh like no other. he told me of his people the Lumbee an interesting story of a people denied. The last time I saw him he was a fire fighting instructor in Norfolk. Great man! Great fried! I will remember him all my days.

Steven Long

July 19, 2020

This goes way back .. I was stationed with Rex aboard the USS Holland AS-32 in Holy Loch Scotland from 1977-79. We worked hand in hand in DC Division and we could (and did) repair everything. Rex had a strong work ethic and was always dependable. Rex would tell me stories about the Lumbee Tribe and his large family in Pembroke NC tobacco fields, rural living etc . To this day I associate “Locklear” to that region. I express my sincere condolences to his wife, children and grandchildren. RIP Rex.

Steven F Long, Esq.
Chelsea, AL

patti shank

January 20, 2020

Thank you for your service at the church. You will be missed. We know your in a better place, but we will all be missing you down here. Thank you for writing BJ in Prison that was a blessing.

Sheila we feel for you and the rest of the family. I feel your pain and your all in our prayers at this time.

Rex we will see you again one day.

James Camuso

January 14, 2020

Such an inspiration to my own life, Rex would listen to my troubles and offer sage advice with understanding and true concern for me.
I miss his direct approach to life.

Debbie Godwin

January 13, 2020

What a privilege to know you and work with you in the service of our Lord. You were always a welcoming person gifted with the ability to fix anything and make everything around you thrive. Such a blessing to be your friend. I will always cherish the memories of you on a lawn mower or having a blower in your hand. Raising and lowering the flag. Holding a door open or closing one too. Taking out the trash, mopping the floor. Handing out the bulletins, teaching SS and Bible Studies all while being a beacon to the church and always keeping us in prayer.
Until we meet again...
Prayers for the family. Shelia you are in my thoughts and may you stay strong in the loving memories you have to hold onto.

Pamela Oxendine

January 11, 2020

Dear cousin! Enjoy heaven until we get there. Give aunt and uncle a hug for me and tell daddy I miss and love him!!! Love you Rex and I'm praying for your family! You were truly one of a kind!!!

Nora Morehouse

January 10, 2020

Rex was a very bright beacon for God. His love always shown bright and genuine. His light on Earth will be missed. I will see you again my dear brother in Christ.

Greg Crocker

January 10, 2020

I'm sorry to hear of Rex passing, but I know where he has gone. It was my honor to be a part of his deacon ordination service. Praying for all the family.

Paula Bailey

January 10, 2020

I will miss seeing Rex mowing the yard at oak harbor. Sheila you have my condolences.