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Steven Ryan ‘Steve’ Lockey, 52, embraced love, laughter and adventure

Steven Ryan “Steve” Lockey, 52, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at his parent’s home in Hamlet.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie; father, Buddy; and brother, Dennis. Steve also had many loving extended family members and friends. Steve’s mother, Bobby, died suddenly upon learning of his death.

Steve often told Deb, “I got you babe,” and he was always by her side. He was the fixer of anything, afraid of nothing, and often heard to say, “This is a piece of cake, I can do this.”

Steve was always willing to help others in any possible way He was a gentle and generous man and will be missed by many. His smile and laugh melted hearts. He loved all animals, but especially his Bailey Boy, Finn Kitty and Barry Cuda. These fur babies will provide much comfort as we grieve together and face a life without him.

Steve is also survived by some very special non-blood family members. His sister-in-law; Karen Bell, who he called sister because she meant so much to him, and she felt the same feelings toward him. Alex Hidalgo, Karen’s partner, was surely his brother in heart and soul. The love, laughter and adventures they experienced are beyond value and provide heartwarming memories for all.

Then there is Kristin Johnston, his and Deb’s sidekick, partner in crime, travel companion, Disney expert and cruise director. She holds a very special place in our hearts.

Steve never had children. He always said he never really liked kids, not in a mean way, just a fact. There were two exceptions to this rule, Brynn and Eloria, two girls that he placed straight into his heart. He loved them beyond measure, and they adored him.

He and Deb were married over 25 years, and most of that time they were within arm’s length of each other. But they never tired of each other’s company. Good times, bad times, happy and sad times, they got through them all together. They looked forward to many more years together.

Their happiest times were when they headed down the highway in that big black truck, the Fifth Wheel hooked up and the Harley in the back. It didn’t matter where the destination, they enjoyed the journey. A very special thank you to David LeGwin (Pam) and Matt LeGwin (Jennifer Puskas) for their many deeds of love and support during this most tragic of times.

Steve would say to you all, “Live every day to the best of your ability, go and do what you can do, enjoy the big times and cherish the small ones. Because, my friends, you never know if tomorrow will arrive.”

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral Home Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to an animal rescue or charity of your choice.

Share online condolences with the family at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service.

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