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ACU Remembers: Stanley Lockhart

By on November 20, 2018 in ACU News with 2 Comments

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Stanley Lockhart
Stanley Lockhart

Veteran minister and former longtime ACU trustee Stanley A. Lockhart (’49) died Nov. 7, 2018, at age 91 in Cedar Park, Texas.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 24, 2018, at Johnson Street Church of Christ (2200 Johnson St., San Angelo, Texas 76904).

He was born Sept. 30, 1927, in Parkersburg, West Virginia, graduating from Parkersburg High School in 1945. He attended Freed-Hardeman University (1945-47) and Murray State University (1948) before earning a bachelor’s degree in Bible from ACU in 1949 and a master’s degree in religion from Eastern New Mexico University in 1952. Lockhart met Carolyn Randolph while attending FHU and they married June 6, 1948, while he was enrolled at ACU.

Lockhart began preaching at age 15 and served as a minister for Churches of Christ in Texas for more than 50 years, including Texline (1949-50), Friona (1950-53), Levelland (1953-56), Johnson Street in San Angelo (1956-71 and 1985-92), Skillman Avenue in Dallas (1971-77), and Westbury in Houston (1977-85). In retirement he served as an elder at the Johnson Street congregation.

He conducted lectureships around the world; hosted a weekly TV program; preached on the radio; penned three songs, “Lord I’ll Follow,” “Make a Joyful Noise” and “Others”; and published two books, Fragile Moments and The Holy Spirit, His Person and Work. He was president of Family Counseling Service in San Angelo and a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club.

Lockhart was a trustee of ACU for 16 years (1982-98), served on the Search Committee for the university’s 10th president, and received his alma mater’s Distinguished Alumni Citation in 1993. He also was a trustee of Westbury Christian School.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Amos Edward and Anna Evalena Lockhart; and Carolyn, his wife of 63 years.

Among survivors are two daughters, Lyndolyn (Lockhart ’74) Pervier and Sherry (Lockhart ’77) Bird; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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About the Author: Ron Hadfield is editor of ACU Today magazine and assistant vice president for university communication at Abilene Christian, where he began work in 1983 overseeing Creative Services at his alma mater.
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  1. Bill Petty says:

    Dear Lyndolyn and Sherry, my mom and dad, John and Kate Petty, were close friends with your parents. Your dad baptized my wife, Donna, when he was preaching at the Harris & Irving congregation before they moved to Johnson Street. I could have listen to him preach for hours at a time without getting tired. It felt like he was talking one-on-one with me. What a gifted minister he was. We were college students at ACU at that time. So we have many fond memories of your family. They were truly special to so many. I know you must miss then greatly.

  2. George Offutt says:

    Saddened to learn of Stanley’s passing. It was my privilege to serve on the ACU Board of Trustees with Stanley for about the last ten years of his service. He was not loud, but everyone listened to his observations & suggestions. May his family find comfort in knowing that this good man influenced many to a closer walk with God.

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