Sara Lockett (THOMSON, Ga.)

THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Sara Elizabeth Stokely Lockett, age 92, died February 7, 2010 in the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Facility in Statesboro, Ga. She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Marion (Hank) Lockett of Boneville, Ga.; her parents, Marion Clark and Johnnie Farr Stokely, one sister Margaret Lena Stokely, 3 brothers, Marion Clark Stokely, Jr., Eugene Farr Stokely, and James Royal Stokely. She grew up in the small rural town of Boneville, Ga. She attended school in nearby Thomson and graduated with the class of 1934. She married at the age of 21 and she and her husband owned and operated Locket's Grocery until his death. They were quite a team and not only served the community in business but reached out to those in need spiritually, physically, and financially. She was a member of the Boneville Methodist church for many years where she taught the adult Sunday School Class, sang in the Choir and played the piano when needed. She was quite the organizer and headed up many church functions. Years later she joined Little Briar Cheek Baptist Church to be with her family. She served on many committees and was their substitute pianist. In 1971, she sold the family business and assumed the position of Post Master for Boneville. This job was truly a gift from God and through it she received many blessings and life long friends. The people became her extended family and God used her to touch the lives of those she served by pouring out His love, kindness, and goodness on every person who stepped through the doors. One of the greatest pleasures of her life was serving the public for 27 years. Retirement was not a word she endeared but at the age of 81 she retired her position with deep remorse. God was not through with her yet, so He took her love for music and gave her yet another ministry. Her next assignment was to reach out to the sick and lonely through a weekly devotional time at nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Thomson. Playing the piano, singing old familiar hymns, and sharing her faith was just what she and the residents needed. Three and a half years ago she moved to Statesboro Ga. to be near her daughter. She resided at Willow Pond Assisted Living. Her health had declined but her spirit had not. God had another assignment for her. She had the gift of encouragement and so it was to be used in this place at this time in her life. Her gift of gab was a blessing so she never met a stranger. She settled into her beautiful new home and was blessed by the wonderful staff and residents there. Through out her life she was recognized and honored in many different ways. She was featured in the Augusta Magazine in a human interest story representing her community. She was written up in the McDuffie Progress and interviewed several times on WJBF Television. Everyone knew and loved "Miss Sara." She had a beautiful servants heart, always putting the needs of others above her own. She was open and loving and her time was your time. Her favorite Bible verse was Matthew 22:39 Love your neighbor as yourself." The thing she was most thankful for was Eternal Life. She will be remembered as a "Woman of Faith!" She was a treasure to her family and their greatest memories will not only be her loving and generous spirit, but also her fried pork chops, creamed corn, and dressing. Cooking was an expression of her love and a memory they all cherish. Survivors include her daughter Johnnie, and her husband, Ed Ellis of Statesboro; two grandsons, Thomas Lockett (Ruthie) Ellis of Roswell, Ga., and William Henry (Wendy) Ellis of Statesboro; six great grandchildren, James, Sam, Clay, Anna, Grace, and Rose. a special cousin, Sue Norman; many nieces and nephews and devoted friends Gail Higdon, Julia Massey and Alice Partain. Visitation will be held Thursday Morning February 11th from 11:00-12:00 at Curtis Funeral Home in Thomson, Ga. The funeral service will be held Thursday February 11th at 2:00 at Little Briar Creek Baptist Church with Dr. Randy Dunaway and Rev. Ricky Stokely officiating. Burial will be in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Howard, Harold Harbin, Lamar Massey, Leon Higdon, Marvin Norman and Simon Morgan Honorary pallbearers will be the staff and residents of Willow Pond. The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Little Briar Creek Baptist Church, c/o Julia Massey, Mt. Pleasant Road, Thomson, Ga. 30824 or Ogheechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531 Statesboro, Ga. 39458 You may sign the online guestbook at . Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-February 10, 2010