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James Brian Lockler

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Published in Lowell Sun on August 10, 2021


James Brian Lockler, 49, a long-term resident of Dracut, MA and lifelong supporter of his hometown community of Dixie County, FL., passed away on 3 August 2021 due to complications from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

James was born on 19 June 1972 to Jean Marie Zeigler (Cothron) and James Byron Locklear in Gainesville, FL. James was raised in and around Dixie County, FL.

James would say that in life he was blessed with great looks and an immense intelligence. While those are accurate, he actually believed that his true blessings came from the wonderful people in his life and his ability to move past the pain life brought him.

James had many passions in life, including spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, genealogy, historical research pertaining to his childhood community, gardening, cooking, and drawing/painting. He was never short on words to say, he was a gifted storyteller, and he loved being in front of an audience of any size. James had an off kilter sense of humor and he loved to say random things just to get your reaction. Laughing at himself and others made him happy.

James was preceded in death by his beautiful sisters, Elizabeth Jean Harvard (Lockler) and Laura Susan Lockler, his baby brother, Logan Byron Locklear, and his amazing stepdad, George Andrew Zeigler, Jr. He is survived by his loving life partner Brian Karl Tillson; his parents Jean Marie Zeigler (Cothron) and James Byron Locklear; his in-laws Donald and Virginia April, Robert Tillson (Robin Tortora), and Aric Tillson (Laura); his siblings Jean Marie Watson (Locklear), Stephanie Michelle Lockler, Darrell Glen Lockler, James Byron Lockler, and Allan Lockler; many nieces & nephews; and his best friends in life Debby Schumacher and Ryan Davis (Melissa); his special friends Ferrell and Betty Mikell, Cindy Bellot, Daryl and Dottie Ratterree, and Harvey and Joan Resnick; and countless uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 4:30 PM on 11 August 2021 at Waxy O’Connor’s located at 94 Hartwell Ave. Lexington, MA in the Dublin Room located on the 2nd floor. Light refreshments will be served along with a cash bar. Please wear a mask if you are unvaccinated or feel comfortable doing so.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Compassionate Care ALS.

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