“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV)
On Saturday, May 29, Darren D’Angelo Lockett’s life was taken, sending a shockwave of hurt and heartbreaks throughout the lives of his family and friends.
Darren, affectionately called “Boonie”, was born on February 22, 1981, to Delmarie Lockett and Jimmie Pope. He grew up in Reynolds, Georgia, where he spent much of his early life with his adored grandparents, Mr. Oliver Lockett, Sr. (“Mr. Big”) and Mrs. Margaret Lockett ("Ms. Tit Ti”). Darren attended Bethel Temple Holiness Church in Reynolds, Georgia, at an early age, with his Grandmother. He attended Taylor County schools in Georgia and graduated from Crestwood High School in Sumter, S.C., where his stepfather, Jeffrey W. Bentley, whom Darren affectionately called “Pops”, served in the U.S. Air Force.
After graduating high school, Darren joined the U.S. Army, and later moved to Atlanta where he lived together with his cousins, Justin Ross, Michael Holston, and a couple of their friends. Darren was adventurous and he loved life! His adventures took him to Portland, Oregon, where he lived and worked for several years. Anytime family would talk to Darren, he always took the time to talk about how proud he was of the work he was doing.
While in Portland, Darren became the proud father of Sarynity Lockett, whom he truly adored and enjoyed spending time. Sarynity was the joy of Darren’s life and his reason for giving life all that he had to make her happy. Darren especially loved taking Sarynity on outings with his best friend, Shaun Strickland, and Shaun’s daughter, Emma.
Darren leaves to cherish his memories, his precious daughter, Sarynity Lockett; his loving mother and “Pops”, Delmarie L. & Jeff Bentley; his father and stepmother, Jimmie & Shirley Pope; his siblings, Jeffrey Bentley, Jr., Jackie Pope, Courtney Towns, and Bryant (Shalanda) Nelson; his grandparents, Willie James & Betty Bentley; his uncles and aunts, Regina (Oliver) Love, Reneé Bentley, Donna (Reggie) Carr, Lorraine (Royal) Reed, Lois (Anthony) Green, Paul Lockett, Alfonso Lockett, Bruce (Ida) Lockette, Oliver (Kathie) Lockett, Curtis Lockette, and Charles (Zenbria) Dewberry; a cousin, Donald Glenn Gauthier, who was more like a brother; cousins who loved him dearly; a special friend, Shaun Strickland; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Preceding Darren in death were his loving grandparents, Mr. Oliver Lockett, Sr. (“Mr. Big”) and Mrs. Margaret Lockett (“Ms. Tit Ti”); and aunt, Dianne Lockett Gauthier.
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