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Arthur James Locke, Sr., 74, of 817 Smith St., New Bern died Saturday,  April 14, 2018 at his residence.

Friends may express condolences at the residence and  Friday, April 20, 2018, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Oscar's Mortuary.

His service is 1:00 PM, Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses  2750 Amhurst Blvd., New Bern.  The interment will follow at the St. Paul MBA Cemetery, Perrytown Community.

Arthur is a native of Newark, NJ.  He graduated from South Side High in 1961.  He served in the U. S. Army from 1963 to 1975. His assignments were in various areas of Administration. He attended the University of Maryland and Burlington County Community College in search of his life's purpose. On March 30, 1983, Arthur found his purpose and became one of Jehovah's Witnesses, in New Hope, PA. He graduated from The Pioneer School in 1985 and became a devoted ministerial servant.

He leaves to cherish his most faithful and loving wife of 52 years, Irene Locke of the home; one  son, Arthur James Locke, Jr., Hopkins, SC; two step- daughters, Jeannette Roberts El, Indianapolis, IN and Darlene Chapman, Manhattan, NY; four brothers and eleven sisters, James A. Locke, Barbados, Calvin M. Locke, Williamsport, PA, Laura E. Onafowora, Belmont, NJ, Barbara A. Brown, Kings Mountain, NC, Arline Evans, Fort Mills, SC,  Patricia Lucas, Smyrna GA, Frances L. Mays (Dwayne, Newark NJ, Joanne Tutler (Derrick), Williamsport, PA, Diane L. Foreman (Vincent), Philadelphia PA, Robin Locke, Greensboro NC, Evelyn L. Turner, Newark, NJ, Constance Waters (Glen), Jersey City, NJ, Edward Locke, Trenton, NJ, Arnold T. Locke (Monae), Newark, NJ, Christine Locke, Hillside, NJ; eight grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren;a host of nieces, nephews; brother-in-law, David Woodby and cousins. 



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  • Sunday, April 15, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Oscars Mortuary
  • Monday, April 16, 2018
    Brother Locke was such a fine strong spiritual brother who loved Jehovah so much.I will miss him as all of his family in the truth will too.He will be back with us soon though as John 5: 28 & 29 tells us.
    ~ Gloria Peyton   New Bern, NC
  • Sunday, April 15, 2018
    To the Locke Family, I am so sorry for your loss, please  accept my heartfelt condolences, we know he died faithful to Jehovah, and will be truly missed so we look forward to seeing him again in the resurrection when he hears, Jesus' voice calling  him from the pangs of death from the grave, welcoming him into Paradise.-John 5:28.29. Until that takes place, may the God of all comfort, Jehovah, grant you peace and comfort now during this grievous time.(2 Corinthians 1:3).
    ~ Mattie Jones   New Bern, NC
  • Monday, April 16, 2018
    Those we love leave us gifts in the form of memories that no one can take away, and wisdom that we can still recall. These are the things that we can cherish forever. May your family look to the creator Jehovah God, the one who gives comfort, during this most stressful time. (Psalms 83:18 and 34:18) My condolence to your family.www.jw.org
    ~ Valerie Jordan
  • Monday, April 16, 2018
    Loved Brother Locke for his realness and beautiful heart. Prayers to the the Locke family. I am so saddened to hear this news and I have missed seeing him and will miss seeing him in his chair at the kingdom hall. I will never forget him. Rev.21:3,4. SIP Brother.
    ~ Chante Powell   New bern, NC
  • Monday, April 16, 2018
    It seems unfair that death should have the power to take away someone we love. When it happens the thought of never again being able to talk, laugh, comfort, or hold your loved one again can be devastating. There is hope for our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death. The Bible outlines, that hope for our comfort and encouragement. Please take time to read the scriptures below, following this comforting message: Life everlasting is promised. Man’s earthly home will endure. ‘Meek ones will thrive,’ said the psalmist. This grand future is sure. Paradise brought to perfection; All of God’s children set free. Under Jehovah’s direction, Peace on earth we will see. Soon in the grand resurrection, Sorrow will all disappear. Showering tender affection, God will dry every tear. We can live forever. It’s worth all endeavor. God's promise is faithful, his word will come true. (John 5:28, 29 Isaiah 25:8 Psalms 37:9-11, 29 Isaiah55:11). No doubt Bro Locke knew all of these scriptures. And he will become a beneficiary of these truths.
    ~ Peggy Cobb-Land   Owings Mills, MD
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    Irene and family, with heartfelt sympathy from our family. We grieve with you in the lost of your dear love one. Please find comfort in Jesus words are (John 11:25). What a wonderful hope. We look forward to seeing Bro. Locke again.
    ~ King & Bryant family   vanceboro, NC
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    Bro. Locke you was a dear pleasure to be a part of our lives especially after the loss of my Dad because you truly filled the void with your sincere & heartfelt comforting scriptures & conversations even your jokes whenever I wore purple :-) To dear sweet Irene and the children/siblings...He is now sleeping in peace until he hears his name again (John 5:28,29). Keep the precious memories of your loved one close to your hearts for comfort for I know he was truly loved by you ALL.
    ~ Edgar&Darlene Verdejo   New Bern, NE
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    Irene, we are so sorry to hear of our loving and faithful brother. We enjoyed his comments at the Kingdom Hall during his very sick days. We appreciate your taking such wonderful care of him right to the very end. Remember the hope Jehovah gave us at John 6:40. Please call us if you need anything at all. Much love, Troy and Kim
    ~ Troy and Kim Malpass   Vanceboro, NC
  • Friday, April 20, 2018
    Dear Friends, I came across Bro. Locke's obit on line. Although I have not had the chance to meet you all, please know that you are in our prayers. As a peaceful and united international family, do know that your spiritual family prays that Jehovah continue to provide you with comfort. Philia, The Codios, NJ
    ~ Jaida C   NJ
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
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    ~ Ronald Simmons   New York City, NY
  • Sunday, April 22, 2018
    It saddens us to hear you are mourning the loss of your loved one. May you find strength and comfort from the words of Psalms 34:18. It reads: “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit." Our loving God is there for us if we ask for his help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). What a joy it will be to welcome back to life your loved ones who are asleep in death!! You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection.
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    Irene, we are so sorry to hear of our loving and faithful brother. We enjoyed his comments at the Kingdom Hall during his very sick days. We appreciate your taking such wonderful care of him right to the very end. Remember the hope Jehovah gave us at John 6:40. Please call us if you need anything at all. Much love, Troy and Kim
    ~ Troy and Kim Malpass   Vanceboro, NC
  • Friday, April 20, 2018
    Sincere condolences goes out to the Locke family for your sad loss. May Jehovah guide and protect the family as you mourn. Very soon the scripture at John 5:28,29, will be fulfilled. We look forward to welcome back out dear brother. So until then may the family keep the faith and remain firm.
    ~ V L   NJ
  • Friday, May 04, 2018
    We miss brother Locke. We look forward to seeing him again soon in the earthly ressurection. May you continue to be comforted by the scriptures which give us a certain hope. 2Cor. 1:3,4. The account of Lazarus at John chapter11 is very comforting as it shows Jesus' love. At seeing the people grieve he gave way to tears. He loved his followers and showed it.
    ~ Joe Weeks   New Bern, NC