Joe Hayes Lockett, 87, a lifelong resident of Oliver springs passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Life Care Center of Morgan County. We know and we believe that the hope by which he lived is now in full sight.
Joe was born on October 1, 1930 to Jack and Myrtle Braden Lockett. He was born in Oliver Springs on the property where he has resided all of his life. He attended Scarborough Elementary school. He later graduated from Oliver Springs High School. Sports was a big part of Joe’s life. He especially loved basketball, which he played quite well. Joe married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Crass, of whom he is survived. They recently celebrated 64 years of marriage. He was a Veteran of the United States Army having served in the Korean War. Joe was a Chemical Operator at the K-25 plant until 1998 when he retired. Retirement was only temporary as he went back to work until the age of 81, this time for Homeland Security. Those who worked with Joe knew his kind and gentle personality. Joe accepted Christ as his Savior when he was in his twenties. He lived the example of Christ by loving people wherever he went.
Survivors include, wife, Barbara Crass Lockett, two children, Joseph (Brad) Lockett and Carol of Oliver Springs, Tammy Lowry and Phillip, Cleveland, TN, four grandchildren, Todd Lockett, Oak Ridge, Lindsay and Brandon Armes, Oak Ridge, Alex and Gina Lowry, Birmingham, Alabama, Kaley and Ben Strawn, Cleveland, TN and one great granddaughter, Evelyn Armes, Oak Ridge.
Joe leaves behind many nephews, nieces and several cousins that he loved dearly.
The family will receive friends, Saturday, February, 17, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00PM at Calvary Baptist Church, Oak Ridge, followed by A Celebration of Joe’s Life at 7:00PM with Dr. Steve McDonald officiating. Graveside services will be Sunday at 1:00pm with Military Honors at Crass Family Cemetery, Orchard View.
There are no words sufficient to describe Joe’s life and his love for people. He is deeply loved by his family and he will be sadly missed.