John David Lockwood, 57, of Virginia Beach, walked through the gates of heaven to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 3, 2020, while surrounded by his wife, Donna; children, John Charles and Nicholas; and father, Gene Lockwood, in Virginia Beach after a long battle with esophageal cancer.
John David Lockwood was born Aug. 29, 1962, at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth to Gene and Veronica Lockwood. He was raised in Buxton, North Carolina; Long Island, New York; Groton, Connecticut, and mostly in Virginia Beach. He attended Cox High School and earned a GED after enlisting in the U.S. Army at age 17. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
While in the Army, he did tours in Germany and Italy. He worked as a windshield installer for many years. While in that capacity, he met his future wife, Donna J. Aheimer in 1989, and married her June 30, 1990, in Hampton. They had two children, John Charles and Nicholas Lockwood. He attended Tidewater Community College and completed the Tractor Trailer Certificate Program with honors, obtained a Commercial Driver’s License and became a professional truck driver.
He worked many years for Warrior Express out of Charles City and earned a Five-year Professional Driver Safety Award. He later worked for Prompt Express of Watertown, South Dakota, and traveled mostly in the Mid-West and West Coast areas. Finally, he transitioned to West Service Center, so he could do mostly local driving, as he wanted to be home to see his grandchildren grow up. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and once earned a fishing citation.
John David is survived by his wife, Donna J. Aheimer-Lockwood, and their children, John Charles Lockwood, and his wife, Megan, and Nicholas Ronald Lockwood. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Mason Criger and Marleigh Lockwood. He was preceded in death by his mother, Veronica M. Lockwood; and brother-in-law, Gary Aheimer. Furthermore, he is survived by his father, Gene Lockwood; brother, Gerald Hines; and sisters, Denise and Donna Lockwood. He is also survived by his in-laws, Ronald and Joanne Aheimer; brother-in-law, Paul Aheimer, and his wife, Kim; and sister-in-law, Martha Aheimer; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Finally, John David had many close friends that he is survived by throughout the continental United States and even overseas.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 21, at Smith and Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville, 4889 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach. In accordance with John David’s wishes, he will be cremated in advance of the memorial service and his ashes will be scattered in the ocean in an area adjacent to Fort Story where he grew up at a date in the future.
At this time, the family would like to express a special thank you to Deborah and Gary McConnell, Deborah Blount and John and Kathy Cunningham.
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