Edwin Arthur Lockwood moved Saturday, March 5, 2016 from his small house on Edwards Creek to his Father’s Big House built on the River of Life. Edwin was born on Nov. 7, 1917 to William A. and Nettie L. Lockwood in Ohio.
He graduated from Bowersville High School and feeling God’s call on his life for Christian Ministry he went to the Kentucky Mountain Bible Institute. Following graduation, he worked for the school while waiting for the love of his life (Mary E. Glick) to graduate.
They were married on June 11, 1942 and began ministry together at Flat Rock Community Church at Pomeroyton, Ky. Their home was blessed with five boys and one girl while at Flat Rock. After 12 years of pastoral ministry, Edwin entered the evangelistic ministry and for the next 12 years his work took him around the United States and into some foreign countries. Mary’s ministry included raising six children and praying for her husband’s ministry. God greatly blessed their work together.
In August, 1965, Edwin and Mary moved to Onemo, Va. with their three youngest children and he began 17 years of pastoral ministry at Peniel Friends Church. Edwin was a pastor and friend to the entire county of Mathews.
Upon retirement from the pastorate, his ministry continued with several intern pastorates, worship leader, two trips to Kenya, Africa and substitute preaching up until just a few months before his death. His life was long and full of God’s blessing.
Following his wife’s death, Edwin married Delores Belvin Newton (DeDe) and for the last seven years, she has loved him and cared for him.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Mary, his daughter Mary Esther, his sons, David L. and Robert P. Lockwood, and one grandson, Mark.
He is survived by his wife Delores; sons, William A. (Eunice), John P. (Connie), James K. (Debby); nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two step-children, David Belvin (Barbara) and Tracy Valdrighi; three step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren and one step-great-great-grandchild.
Edwin leaves behind friends around the world who celebrate his home going. His prayer would be that all of them accept and follow the Christ of Calvary and one day be joined together in his Father’s Big House. Jesus promised that there was room for everyone.
The family received friends on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home, Mathews, Va. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Gwynn’s Island Church of the Nazarene, Hudgins, Va. with burial to follow at Gwynn’s Island Cemetery, Grimstead, Va.