OBITUARY

Albert "Al" Fulton Lockamy Jr.

May 11, 1941June 20, 2021

“I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

Albert Fulton Lockamy, Jr., 80, passed away on Father’s Day, June 20, 2021. He was born on May 11, 1941 at home on Mother’s Day in Clinton, NC. He graduated salutatorian of Hobbton High School in 1959, and attended University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he earned a BS in Pharmacy in 1963. Al loved God and grew up in Keener United Methodist Church before transferring to Edenton Street United Methodist Church (ESUMC) upon marriage to his wife Ginger. He was a faithful member of the church choir and Discovery Sunday School Class before joining the Foundry Fellowship Sunday School Class; these groups were like extended family to him and he enjoyed being a part of them. Pharmacy was one of Al’s life long passions. He worked as a retail pharmacist with Revco (now CVS) and Blue Ridge Pharmacy and mentored many students as a preceptor, instilling in them his love of the profession. He represented pharmacists on the North Carolina Medical Care Commission for almost 35 years, on the NC Drug Utilization Review (DUR) Board, and on the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). In addition, he served as president of the North Carolina Pharmacists Association (NCPhA), the NCPhA Endowment, American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA) Academy of Practice and Management, the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy, and Wake Pharmacists Association. He also was a member of the Presidential Board of Advisors of Campbell University. Awards received include Wake Pharmacist of the Year, National Association Retail Druggist Leadership Award, McKesson Leadership Award, Searle Leadership Award, UNC School of Pharmacy Distinguished Alumni Award, and “Tar Heel of the Week” by The News and Observer. NCPhA named Al “Pharmacist of the Year” and awarded him the Bowl of Hygeia for his community service. He also received an Honorary Doctorate from Campbell University for his dedication and contributions to pharmacy. His other life long passion was travel. He loved to explore the world with his wife, Ginger, and daughters, Ginny and Elizabeth, admiring the splendor of God’s creation in the majestic mountains, vast seas, sandy beaches, lush forests and beautiful flowers. He visited all 50 states, multiple European countries, and Australia. Every trip he made, Al knew someone or was connected to them in some way. He never met a stranger. He was always quick with his humor and had a story to tell from his travels or pharmacy days. He was a voracious reader, enjoyed singing in the choir at ESUMC, and was an amazing cook - his speciality was banana pudding. Al was preceded in death by his father and mother, Albert F. Lockamy Sr. and Elizabeth Carr Lockamy; and brother, Elwood C. Lockamy.

Al is survived by his wife, Ginger; daughters, Ginny and Elizabeth; brother, Billy Lockamy (Kim); brother-in-law, Dr. Bill Lee (Colleen), and four nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Dr. Scott Hoffman, Dr. Ujjawal Gandhi and his team at UNC Rex Hematology Oncology-Cary, and the many wonderful nurses at UNC Rex Hospital for the tender care they gave Al during his illness.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, with a visitation following the service in the ESUMC Garden Gallery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Edenton Street United Methodist Church (228 W. Edenton Street Raleigh, NC 27603; https://esumc.org), American Diabetes Association (P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116; https://www.diabetes.org/donate/), or Kidney Cancer Association (9450 SW Gemini Drive #38269, Beaverton, OR 97008-7105; https://www.kidneycancer.org).

Services provided by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St. Raleigh, NC.

Services

  • Memorial service with reception to follow

    Saturday, June 26, 2021

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Willard Barbee

June 28, 2021

I met Al and Ginger back in the early 1970's because they were friends of my back door neighbor. They were a fun couple and very sociable.

Over the years we went different ways but I would occasionally see him and Ginger when I visited their pharmacy near Rex Hospital. It was always nice to chat and "catch up".

Regards to Ginger and family.

Hope Haywood

June 26, 2021

Although I knew Al for only a very brief time, my late husband, Stan Haywood, thought highly of Al and spoke of him often. Stan enjoyed spending time with Al. Stan always said Al was the "King of the Upgrade" because Al was always finding ways to get a free upgrade when they traveled! I am sorry for your loss, and for the loss of this dedicated pharmacist to the world of pharmacy. May God comfort you with treasured memories of Al's life. His, like Stan's, was a life lived to the fullest, a life of service, and a life lived without regrets.

Ken Mizelle

June 23, 2021

Ginger, so sorry to hear of Al's passing. He was a wonderful, kind and caring person.

Barbara James

June 23, 2021

Sending warm thoughts and prayers to Ginger and The Family.
Al will surely be missed.
Indeed An Exceptional Life.
Barbara and Mike James

Connie Weeks

June 23, 2021

Special note to Billy (Brother), I remember seeing Albert a couple of times when he came home as our next door neighbor. He was a friendly person and had a happy smile. God's comfort and peace in knowing he used his given ability in life to help others succeed.

Lewanna Stout

June 22, 2021

That smile told the story of who Al was to all of us at church. We shared the same Sunday School class and served together on an older Adult planning committee. He sang in our choir and we would always anticipated when he brought in one of his home baked pastries to share. Al was kind, generous an encourager but I most enjoyed the comment that he was "a Southern Gentleman" in deed! I will miss you my friend.

Jeff Harms

June 22, 2021

As a staff member of the Division of Health Service Regulation, I came to know Mr. Lockamy through his tenure with the NC Medical Care Commission. His 35 years of service as a member of that distinguished body is a significant and honorable accomplishment.
I will long remember his bearing as a sincere southern gentleman.
Be at peace, sir.

Paul, Dianne & Joseph Stankiewicz

June 22, 2021

Our family has been fortunate to be next door neighbors to Al and Ginger for more than twenty years and we’re so grateful for that opportunity. Al was a true gentleman, with a kind heart, quick wit, and lively personality. He touched many lives and was a wonderful role model for the community. We will all miss his good nature and unique charm.

Sending our deepest sympathies, with love and prayers for comfort, strength, and peace to Ginger, their daughters, family, and friends. There is a bright star in heaven shining down on everyone that knew him.

Sonja Estes

June 22, 2021

Al was one of the kindest and most generous pharmacists whom I have known throughout my career. He was always willing to offer help or advice to his fellow pharmacists as well as his beloved customers. Our profession is certainly stronger because of him and his professionalism. He will be missed throughout the NC Pharmacy community. Prayers for Ginger and the girls.

Carol Stewart

June 22, 2021

I attended Hobbton High School in Newton Grove, N.C. with Albert. He was an interesting and very intelligent friend.

FROM THE FAMILY