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2012-10-04 / Obituaries


Lorenzo “Lo” Ridgeway, 55, of Lavaca died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. He was born Oct. 17, 1956 to the late Willie C. Ward (Faye) and Johnnie D. Ridgeway Lockett (the late W. G. Lockett). Ridgeway completed his early education at Choctaw County High School where he was known by all as one of the greatest football and basketball players of his time. Upon graduation, he received a full football scholarship to Jackson State University. He later joined the United States Armed Services where he earned the Sharpshooter Badge and Grenade Bar along with the Marksman Badge and Auto Rifle Bar.

He is survived by his mother, Johnnie D. Ridgeway Lockett; three children, Roscoe (Necole) Ezell of Tuscaloosa, LaTisha (Fredrick) Horn and Amy Law both of Butler; seven grandchildren, Shaundarius Ezell, Shantescia Ezell, Brittany Nicholson, LaBricia Blakely, TyTiana Ruffin, Amisha Law and Labarron Franks; siblings, Dexter, Derrick, Kimberly and Tito Ward, all of Toledo, Ohio, Mitchell (Brenda) Lockett of Sweet Water, Michael (Lucille) Lockett of Dixons Mills, Jackie Lockett of Sweet Water, Janet (Tommie) Essex of Demopolis and Wilbur Lockett of Tuscaloosa; several aunts and uncles who loved him like a brother; a very close niece, Tammy (Samuel) Ridgeway Thompson; and many other family members and friends.

Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at Little Zion A.M.E. Church with Dr. S.L. Thompson of Thirty-First Missionary Baptist Church of Meridian, Miss. officiating. Interment followed in Red House Memorial Gardens with Weatherly-Studdard Memorial Funeral Home of Butler directing.

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