Gerald William Locklear, 65, passed away Tuesday March 27, 2018. He was a son of the late Grady Locklear and Margie Hunt Nixon. Big Willy is survived by his brother, Michael Locklear; sister, Fay Freeman; local family, Gregory Casey, Bryan Woods, Teresa "Pete" Kelly and the Octopus Gardens Employees; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. The memorial service will be held on Saturday March 31, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave., with Rev. Teresa C. Kelly officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to CarePartners Hospice, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

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  1. Fly high my friend, you are loved by so many and all of us will miss you so very much. Love ya Willie. Prayers and hugs to his family.

  2. Thank you for always being a True Friend I will miss you Until we meet again Heaven just gained another Angel Rest my friend Love always

  3. Oh Willy…you were one of a kind n always helped n looked out for others.You will be missed by everyone that loved you.True n Blue friend forever…RIP

  4. We gathered round your grave to grieve.
    I wish I could see the angels faces
    When they hear your sweet voice sing.

    Go rest high on that mountain
    Son, your work on earth is done.
    Go to heaven a-shoutin’
    Love for the Father and the Son.

    God Blees you Willie your now home Thank you for being a great friend

  5. I still can’t believe my friend for 25 years left us. I will always remember the night that he come to the bar and introduced himself to me. He didn’t have much at that time but we become best friends and remain so for many years. All the way from here is hard to immagine that he is really gone . He touched many people’s heart and was allot of fun. I’ll miss you Willimina

  6. A dear, sweet soul. I will keep the memories of many fun times, laughter, and love in my heart and mind forever. Prayers and love.

  7. You were are big part of my life back in the day and I saw you help so many people. FUN is your middle name and I will miss you . Thank yuou for all the sponsorship’s to all my events at Trendsetters .

  8. One of the sweetest, most generous, fun loving and outgoing man I believe I’ve ever met. Always thoughtful and caring and forever with a huge smile on his face I don’t think he ever met a stranger. My heart goes out to all those that knew him, because to meet him was to love him. Rest easy buddy, rest easy.

  9. Sorry to read about Bill. He was a good guy and was always so nice to me. I will miss seeing him.

  10. We will miss you. I always like to call you and hear you say hey darling… and you would tell me how the,weather was in Tampa FL…..I pray for your family…and know you are at peace with God.

  11. You were always very kind, wise and a good friend. You will be missed. My prayers are with the family. Willy, thank you for all of your help

  12. I know this is late, but I just found this news out TODAY my heart is broken for so many reasons and people/family. Will you were truly an amazing soul you touched so many people with your kindness and playful ness and just pure Joy. Never did I not see you laughing or smiling. This is truly a big loss to the community and friends and family of all sorts. I have so many sounds memories wow lol do I. All good too. Not one single bad memory of you. You will be missed,love you bunches
    Nick (Nicole)


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