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Marlene Lockhart


Sunrise: April 9, 1933

Sunset: July 17, 2021

Marlene Brown Lockhart was born April 9, 1933 in Northampton County, NC to the late Fred and Dollie Brown. She was blessed to share her life with eleven brothers and sisters.

At an early age, Marlene became a member of Roanoke Salem Baptist Church in Garysburg, NC. She received her education in the Northampton School System and graduated from Gumberry High School.

Marlene was joined in matrimony to the late James T. Lockhart. This union was blessed with four daughters, Arveat, Mamie, Jacquelene and one of which preceded her in death, Diane. One son, Anthony, was born of this union.

In the late 1950’s, Marlene moved to the Berkley Neighborhood in Norfolk, VA, where she was a homemaker for many years. Later she move to South Norfolk (Chesapeake, VA).

Marlene Joined Antioch Missionary Baptist Church; the church she loved, and remained a member (36+ years) until her death.

Marlene took great pride in wearing fashionable attire as well as making her home fashionable. Holidays were important to her as creativity was showcased during Thanksgiving and Christmas. She wanted to shine and it had to be “her way” or the highway. It was just Joy in her Soul to make you Happy! However, Marlene’s biggest addiction may have been sending you cards (money included) throughout her lifetime. This addiction continued ….. even though she was 88 years old.

In Marlene’s later years of being home, Marlene’s daily routine was checking in on her sisters, Sarah and Clara, and keeping others on the phone until “she” said Goodbye; but at the end of the day, she forever cherished the memories of just hanging out with her grandchildren when they were little kids.

Marlene had certain sayings and wishes that she held close to her heart. One of her sayings was “one day at a time” and another was “you just don’t know how you gonna leave this world” Her wish and prayer was for the Lord to bring all of her children home together before she left this old world.

Marlene held close to her heart her Berkley families: the Hardys, the Eures, the Smiths; God daughters, Shelby, Janice, Evon; Lifelong friends, Celestine, Lillian, Liz, Catherine, Sadie, Delores and other Friends

Marlene leaves to cherish her memory: 5 daughters, Arveat Crenshaw, Mamie Holmes (Errol), Jacqueline, Rita Brown (Nathan), Pamela James; Son, Anthony; Stepson, Rudolph Whitaker (Jacquelene); 13 Grandchildren, Anthony, Marlena, George, Demond, Darius, Deunka,Lilton, James, Lady, Nathan Jr, Nicholas, Patrick, Delilah; 18 great-grandchildren; 3 beloved sisters, Sarah, Carol, Clara; 1 beloved brother, Clyde; 4 caring sisters-in-law, Mary, Ruth, Emily, Blanche; beloved brother-n-law, Ben; a host of Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends.

Viewing Sunday, July 25, 2021 12:00pm - 5:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service Monday, July 26, 2021 12:00pm Antioch Missionary Bapitst Church 525 Dinwiddie Street Norfolk, VA 23523 Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320 *Masks Required*

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    Wilbert A McCoyJr says

    My condolences to the family

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    Bernard Simons Jr, says

    There will be things that trigger tears and things that will bring laughter..
    things that you never expected. But, they’ll gently remind you of all the wonderful details that made life with your mother Marlene Lockhart such a precious gift.
    My condolences to the family

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    Stacey and Billy Thompson says

    My condolences goes out to the family. May God be with you!!!

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    Marlena Adams says

    Granny this is definitely a tough pill to swallow. I still can’t believe you are no longer here for me to hug, kiss and eat pizza with. But knowing you are in a better place brings me joy. I will cherish our special moments forever. I will keep your memory alive and Aiden will always know how much his Granny loved him. Until we meet again. Please give kisses to and hugs to my Daddy! I love you

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    Mamie, Layla, Myles, George and Maria Alston says

    Granny, it hurts to know we won’t see you in person again or hear your sweet voice. We love and miss you so much already. We didn’t get to say goodbye. And did— not knowing it would be the last time we would see you. Thank you for your unconditional love. You were the most loving, kind and strongest woman we know. Thank you for leaving behind such a great legacy. A huge family that will forever keep you in our hearts. Love you always.

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    Marlena and Alphonso Adams says

    Alphonso and I will definitely miss you Granny! You were loved beyond words. Your hugs, kisses and smile. We will forever cherish the holidays we spent together. Love you always and forever ❤

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    Lilton Hill says

    Granny thank you. Thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for every lesson you taught me. I just want to say I love you and thank you Granny…

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