OBITUARY

Charles William Locklin, Jr.

October 25, 1939December 19, 2012

Retired U.S. Army Major, Charles W. Locklin, Jr., 73, born in Monroeville, Alabama on October 25, 1939, passed away on December 19, 2012 at home peacefully after a quick battle with colon cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Doris Tait Locklin, three children, Charles W. Locklin, III (Chuck), Dinah L. Collert (Jay) and Sarah E. Hodgins, and two beloved grandchildren, Darby DeJarnette and Shaylee Hodgins. He also leaves behind siblings, Betty Hrisak (Bob), Lucy Maiben Montgomery, Mary Moore Jacobs (Danny), Barbara Anne Bowling (Bob), L.W. Locklin (Gloria), Richard Locklin, and many newphews, neices and close friends. Upon completion of high school in Monroeville, Alabama, Charles attended one notorious quarter at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, and then enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 1958. He served twenty-one distinquished years in the Army (eight years enlisted and thirteen years as a commissioned officer). Charles is a highly decorated combat veteran earning a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars with V device for Valor, and two Purple Hearts. He served as the 1st Platoon Leader, I Troop, 3/11 Armored Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam from 1967-1968. During his military service in the Army, Charles, Doris, and children moved to various duty stations located in North Carolina, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky and two tours in Germany. After his retirement from the U.S. Army in 1980, Charles worked as a Civil Service Employee as a computer programer in Columbus, Georgia and Montgomery, Alabama retiring for the second time in 2004. In 1970, after his Vietnam tour of duty, time was awarded to allow Charles to complete a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education at the University of Tampa, Florida. Charles also obtained a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Information Management from Troy State University, Montgomery, Alabama in 1990. After his civil service retirement, Charles became very active in the Lakeview Baptist Church serving as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He remained active in the Vietnam Veterans Association, and enjoyed attending the yearly 11th Armored Cavalry Reunions. He also enjoyed traveling with Doris to visit old friends and see new places, ballroom dancing, and “Roll Tide” football. A Memorial Service will be held at Alabama Heritage, Montgomery, Alabama on December 27, 2012. Visitation will be from 1pm-2pm, with the Memorial Service beginning at 2pm. A Graveside Service will be at Reaves Chapel Cemetery, Wilcox County, Alabama on December 28, 2012 at 1pm. The family is requesting no flowers. Condolences may be offered at www.alabamaheritagefh.com Alabama Heritage Directing.

Services

  • Memorial Service Thursday, December 27, 2012
  • Visitation Thursday, December 27, 2012
REMEMBERING

Charles William Locklin, Jr.

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY

receive updates when new memories are posted

RECEIVE UPDATES
Dave Kent

July 18, 2013

Hi, Just read about Charles. Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of Charles. He was the 1st Squadron XO when JB Taylor was the CO. I was the Squadron Maintenance Officer. Major Locklin was someone that I truly looked up to as a new warrant officer for guidance and leadership. He was one of the best. Dave Kent, CW3 USA, Retired

Blair Moseley

April 2, 2013

This is a late entry, but it took me a little while to decide what to write. I love you Uncle Charles, and will think of you often. You were more grandfather than Uncle to me. I love you and will take care of Aunt Doris for you! Will see you soon in Heaven.

Mac Hopkin

February 12, 2013

Doris,

I just found out about Charles' passing. He was one of the neatest people that I ever came across during my time in the Army. T'was a wonderful experience to have served with him. The 1/11 in Fulda became a better unit for his having served in it.

Prayers of comfort for you and your family

February 1, 2013

Doris and family,
Sally and I were so saddened to hear of Charles's passing. What a GREAT Soldier he was!! First of the Blackhorse at Fulda was his unit and he took great care of all of us. He is missed, but is watching us now!
JB & Sally Taylor
1/11ACR Fulda

January 30, 2013

Doris,
Maria & I send our condolences from here in Germany. Knew Charlie when I was S2 with 2/2 Cav in Bamberg (along with Nellie, George & team). We are saddened by your loss and will miss another comrade at arms.
Jim Adams

Nelson Laughton

January 26, 2013

Doris,

Another soldier called home to Fiddler's Green. I served with Charles in Bamberg with the 2/2 Cav. I believe he had E Trp while I had G Trp, lots of memories of gunnery, Reforger, border tours, and field exercises. May the Lord surround you with his angels in your time of grief.

Nelson Laughton

George Albrecht How Btry 2/2ACR

January 25, 2013

Dear Doris - I was shocked and saddened to hear of Charlie's passing. It is especially difficult when one knew him as a fellow comrade-in-arms, and a good one, too. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

December 27, 2012

Sweet Doris,
We are greatly saddened by your loss. We keep you in our thoughts and prayers and pray that God will bring you through these difficult days. If we can help you in any way, please let me know. We love you.
Will and Mary Dyer

Bill Owens

December 27, 2012

To Charlie's Family: I am so sorry for your loss. I was with Charlie in OCS and in the 11th Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam. My deep condolences.

Jim & Judy Hulsebus

December 27, 2012

We are so sorry for your loss. May the Lord give you and your family the faith and strength to sustain you through today and the days to come. May God bless you.