Evelyn S. Lockett

The Obituary

EVELYN SHANELL LOCKETT was the eldest of seven (7) children and the only girl born to Theodore and Jean Toles, Jr. on May 29, 1956 in Warren, Ohio. She departed this life on Monday, January 16, 2012.

Evelyn attended the public school system in Braceville and Levittsburg, Ohio, was active in sports and loved music. She attended church, gave her life to the Lord at an early age and was baptized. She attended Youngstown State University and graduated in 1974 with a Bachelors Degree in Music, with a specialization in voice performance. Evelyn performed in various community theatre productions which included "Oueenie in Showboat" and "My Name is Alice", the Youngstown State University's Community Chorus and Jazz Ensemble's Scott Joplin's Tremonisa. She also served as President of the Black United Students and Vice Present and President of the local chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

On October 3, 1993 Evelyn married Byron Lockett in Fort Wayne Indiana and they raised three beautiful children together; Chanelle, Easton and Bryonna. Evelyn worked in the Columbus Public School System as a Pre K and Kindergarten Instructional Assistant, a Teacher Assistant for the Child Development Council of Franklin County and a Substitute Teacher in Ft Wayne, Indiana. As her love for music continued, she sang with the Columbus Symphony Chorus for two years, Opera Columbus for ten years and was a former member of The Sound of Worship. The Lockett family were active members of Gospel lighthouse Church for many years under the leadership of Dr. Jerry D. Fryar, Senior Pastor where Evelyn served as a Praise and Worship Singer, Choir Member, Drama Ministry Coordinator, Toddler Church Coordinator and the "I Believe in You" Summer Youth Camp Counselor before transitioning to One Flesh Ministries under the leadership of Pastor Peterson where she served as the Praise and Worship Leader.

Evelyn had many passions which included her friends, singing, acting, cooking, reading, gardening; but her one love in life, second only to her love for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, was her love for her home and family. She was uniquely Evelyn whose exuberant personality would fill any room. Many have been blessed by her gift of laughter, her hugs and her uncanny sense of humor. Love is her legacy and her smile will remain with us forever…..She will be truly missed!

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Chanelle. She leaves to cherish precious memories her husband, Byron Lockett; her son, Easton Lockett; her daughter, Bryonna Lockett. Her father, Theodore Toles Jr. and Her mother, Jean Toles; her brothers, Theodore (Juanita) Toles, II, Nelson Toles, Leslie Toles, Robert (Helen) Toles, Walter Toles, Larry (Lucy) Toles and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Condolence Messages

  1. The Broome Family :

    God is good all the time and Evelyn will live on in our hearts. Her love for family was real and returned by us her 2nd cousins. Evelyn and I grew up together and went to school together and i'll never forget her!!!! Love you Cuz!!!

  2. Angela Holloway :

    I'm so sorry to hear of Evelyn's passing and send to the family my heartfelt condolences. Evelyn and I joined the same financial group a few years back and she was absolutely a joy! Her bright infectous smile and her warmth made her hard to forget.

  3. krisandra and larry white and family :

    Condolences to the Lockett and Toles family. Evelyn will truly be missed and her beatiful voice. Well done Evelyn, You can come on in.

  4. This is from the Jones family in Warren, Ohio We would like to send our condolences to the family for their loss of Evelyn. May God Bless you and keep you during this trying time.

    Matthew chapter 4 verse 4
    Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

  5. Cathy Bercheni (Poole) :

    I'm so very sorry to hear of Evelyn's passing. My heart and prayers go out to the Toles family. May the Lord strengthen you through this sad time. Evelyn will be deeply missed.

  6. Bill and Joyce Young :

    Been a while since we had seen her and were so happy to see her again at Ted Toles's party this summer. She was always someone who you would enjoy talking with. That beautiful smile, and cheerful eyes. I enjoyed her singing, and loved hearing her at Ted's wedding. She was a very dear person, and our prayers and love are given to her family, and all of her brothers. May God blessings be with all the family.

  7. I am truly saddened to learn of Evelyn's passing. I take comfort in the surety that Chanelle was there with the angels to welcome her into eternal fellowship with the Lord. I extend my deepest condolences to Mr. and Mrs. Toles , her husband,children and brothers.

  8. Debra (Owens) Rose :

    To the Toles and Lockett families, I send my deepest condolences for the loss of my dear friend Evelyn. I loved her like a sister and I will miss her terribly. I do know that she is resting in the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and her smile and sweet spirit will live in our hearts until we see her again in Glory.

  9. To the lockett Family,
    I wish you the deepest sympathy for the loss of Evelyn, She as a dear sorority sister and we shared great times together. She will be deeply by everyone who knew her. Heaven has an angel with a great voice to sing his praise. Sincerley, Orenda Johnson

  10. Kathy Frederick Jaime :

    I was deeply saddened to hear of Evelyns' passing. I was a classmate and remember many days with her in the choir room sitting at the piano. She kept us all in tune and was such a joyful voice to listen to. I often wondered where her voice took her after graduation. I'm happy to know she kept on singing.

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