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Mattie Ruth (Bullard) Locklear
May 5, 2023
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Ms. Mattie Ruth Bullard Locklear, age 78, of Rowland, was born March 17, 1945, to the late Mr. Gilbert Bullard and Mrs. Mattie Bell Bullard. She was the youngest of 10 siblings. She departed this life on Friday, May 5, 2023, making her transition into her eternal heavenly home.
Ms. Mattie was preceded in death by her father, mother and her son, Mr. Phillip Locklear.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Mr. James Randolph Locklear of the home. Her children; her oldest daughter Ms. Tammie Locklear; her younger daughter Ms. Riva Locklear and her youngest son, Mr. Jermie Locklear (Nikki) all of Rowland; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
As a lover of people; she devoted her life to many, but her grandchildren and great grandchildren were most important. She loved each one with a special love and she developed a special bond with them individually. She was called by many names: Daughter, Wife, Momma, Grandma, Sister, Friend, etc.
Through her life Ms. Mattie had many nurses, but her granddaughter Meagan held a special place in her heart and she was blessed to serve her grandmother as her caretaker, during her final days. Difficult times were present for Ms. Mattie, but, her family's dedication was to ensure all needs/care were meet.
Ms. Mattie had a special love for baking and canning. One of her favorite items to bake was Sweet Potato Tarts/Lap-overs. She enjoyed sharing her tarts with others, which would soothe the appetite, but most importantly, her tarts were her way of showing others how much she loved that person.
As a Believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, let us be reminded of the scripture:
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.