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Ben W. Lokey, a resident of Comanche, passed away Friday afternoon, Feb. 24, 2017, at the Meridian Nursing Home, at the age of 101.  A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 2 at Corum Assembly of God Church, with the Rev. Bobby Scott officiating, assisted by the Rev. John Johnson. Burial, with full military honors provided by the Stephens County Honor Guard will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, under the direction of Comanche Funeral Home.  Viewing will be noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday; and 9 a.m. to noon Thursday.
     Ben was born May 8, 1915, in Ripley, MS to Robert L. and Effie (Lancaster) Lokey.  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.  He and Maxine Bridgers were united in marriage on December 19, 1942 in Colorado Springs, CO.  They had recently celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary, before her death in January of this year.  He enjoyed woodworking, making bird houses, and gardening.  In his earlier days he enjoyed horses.  His favorite pastime was fishing, especially crappie fishing.
     His survivors include four sons: BJ Lokey, Comanche; Ray Lokey and wife June, Comanche; Wade Lokey and wife Sue, Norman, OK;  and Jack Lokey and wife Virginia, Comanche; one sister, Martha Jane August, Corinth, MS;  seven grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, April; two brothers:  J.V. and J.Z. who were twins; and five sisters: Avis, Magilee, Lee Etta, Gladys, and Carrie Mae.
     Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons.
     Online condolences may be sent to comanchefh@pldi.net
Published on March 1, 2017
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