Luther Edward Lockwood

March 8, 1929 - December 24, 2021
Luther Edward Lockwood

Luther Edward Lockwood, Jr. (Ed), 92, of Hendersonville, NC, passed away on Friday, December 24, 2021, at the Elizabeth House following a period of declining health.  He was born in Streator, IL, to the late Luther Edward Lockwood Sr., and Irma Isabel Crocker.  He was also predeceased by his brother Robert Crocker Lockwood.

Prior to residing in Hendersonville, he lived in Evanston, IL and Arlington Heights, IL.  Ed attended Evanston Township High School and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  Ed worked for Pan American Airways and for the Wheeling, IL Park District as a Bookkeeper and Accountant.  Following his retirement, he worked in sales for Boat US.

Ed was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville and was known as a true renaissance man.  His interests were many and varied.  He enjoyed sailing and owned several boats.  He enjoyed Astronomy, Egyptology, Geology, and Amateur Winemaking.  He traveled widely, living in Germany for several years, and making several trips to Egypt to photograph tombs not usually accessible to the public. Following his move to North Carolina in 2002, he was a SHIIP volunteer for over ten years and a master Pomologist with the Henderson County Cooperative Extension.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth Clarke Lockwood (Betty); daughter, Kathryn Reider and her husband Jeffrey of Fairfax, VA; his son Steven Lockwood of Island Lake, IL; grandchildren, Kathleen and Sarah Lockwood and Allison and Madeline Reider.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held later in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of the following:

Trinity Presbyterian Church                           Four Seasons Foundation
900 Blythe Street                                           211 North Main Street
Hendersonville, NC  28791                           Hendersonville, NC  28792


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  • March 31, 2022
    Marvin Owings says:
    Betty, I am so sorry I can’t attend Ed’s memorial service this Saturday because of prior commitments. Ed was a wonderful man, a man from the first time you met him you knew that he was kind and thoughtful. Some one you wanted to know to know better because of his life time experience. I was my honor to know Ed when he enrolled in the Master Pomologist Course to learn more about the science of tree fruit production. He was one of the “regular crew” who volunteered at the Apple Variety Block consistently ever Tuesday for over twenty years. Working in the Block: planting new varieties, training, pruning, harvesting fruit and evaluating post-harvest fruit quality. Through his work and others, local growers through the NC Cooperative Extension Center helped educate local growers about how apple and peach varieties preform in our region of WNC. Because of his dedication, he was honored by the NC Cooperative Extension Service as Volunteer of the Year! Late in his life, because of medical issues we saw Ed less and less at the Block. Even if he couldn’t join us, he would tell Betty “It’s Tuesday morning, I must get ready to go to the Block”! Yes, Ed is miss by all who knew him. But, I know we will meet again, when we pick up our pruners and continue working together again. Ed, RIP Your friend, Marvin