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Rhonda Stephens Lockman

Rhonda Stephens Lockman passed away Thursday, December 31 after a brief but difficult battle with cancer. She was the daughter of J.D. and Barbara Stephens.

Rhonda is survived by her husband, Bill Lockman of Sylva, her father, J.D. Stephens of Sylva, one brother, Kirk of Webster, and her devoted dog, Latte.

Rhonda was a graduate of Sylva-Webster High School, Southwestern Community College, and Montreat College. She taught at the Lyndon B. Johnson Job Corps until her retirement in 2018.

Rhonda was a warm and loving person as evidenced by her many life-long friends. Many of her former students adopted her as a surrogate mother figure and stayed in touch with her to share their achievements. She often said young people who are shown kindness and respect will repay it tenfold.

No services are planned for Rhonda. A private interment will be held at Fairview Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, consider making a contribution to United Christian Ministries of Jackson County (ucmhelp.com) or a charity of your choice.

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I was privileged to have known Rhonda and worked with her for several years at LBJ Job Corps. She will be great missed. She was a caring person who loved the students. Jerry Buschmann

Jerry Buschmann Feb 17 2021 12:00 AM

My condolences to her family and loved ones. Rhonda was encouraging and supportive to so many students while working at LBJ CCC JC. I am saddened she did not have the many years of leisure retirement promises.

Michelle Williams Jan 13 2021 12:00 AM

My Condolences to Family and Friends Jimmy Ashe and Family

Jimmy Ashe Jan 10 2021 12:00 AM

Kirk and family, So very sorry to hear about Rhonda. Your in my thoughts and prayers Gail Ashe

Gail Ashe Jan 2 2021 12:00 AM

JD and family, So sorry to hear of Rhonda passing. I will keep you in my prayers during this sad time.

Lea Gates Jan 2 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Rhonda Lockman

Lea Gates Jan 2 2021 12:00 AM

What a beautiful person we had in Rhonda. I am so sorry for the loss of this truly special soul. Sending love to all the family.

Susan Fouts Jan 1 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear. My prayers and thoughts are with the entire family as you travel through this very difficult time. Fred Harris

Fred Harris Jan 1 2021 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers for Rhondas family.

Terry and Jennifer Robinson Jan 1 2021 12:00 AM

Love and prayers for Bill, JD and Kirk!! Such a precious friend gone too soon. Doris Lillard Kathy Mcmahan

Kathy Mcmahan Dec 31 2020 12:00 AM

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