GREENSBORO, N.C. — A Greensboro congregation is preparing to say goodbye to their pastor of thirty years, Bishop Otis Lockett, Sr.
The leader, pastor and father-of-three died last Friday.
“Pastor Lockett was an ordinary guy who did extraordinary things,” said Michael Lewis, an elder at the church.
Lewis said thirty years ago, he dropped out of college and was on the verge of abandoning his family when he met Pastor Lockett for the first time.
“He encouraged me through words that said, ‘You can start over again.’ Through that, I got married, began to take care of my family, went back to college, finished. All with his encouragement, and my life has been the better because of it,” said Elder Lewis.
Pastor Lockett founded a variety of local ministries such as The Malachi House, a recovery home and program for men recovering from drugs and alcohol. The pastor also led a program for single men and women which helped provide housing until they could find a job and support themselves.
Pastor Lockett was once named the NAACP Man of the Year in Greensboro, among a long list of other accolades during his career.
Pastor Lockett leaves behind his wife, Barbara, and their three children.
Evangel Fellowship Church will hold a viewing at the church from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., on Thursday. A Going Home ceremony will begin at 7p.m.
There will also be a national service in his honor Friday at Mt. Zion Baptist church at noon, viewing at 10 a.m.