Friday, September 13, 2019

Iris Genice Lockhart

Iris Genie “Neicy” (Henry/Nelson) – Lockhart, was born March 16, 1950 in Alton Illinois.  She was the daughter of the late Rev. Marvin James and Rowena (Sims) Henry.  Neicy had 12 years at Sparta High School, and went to Lewis & Clark Community College, Belleville Community College and Duquoin Beauty College.  She was a certified beauty culturist, certified mental health assistant, certified nursing assistant, certified habilitation teacher’s aide and certified HFAM Geriatric Training program.  She was superintendent of Sunday School, President of the Missionary Board, President of the Women’s Department and President of the Ministers and Deacons wives.

She united in marriage to the late Larry Donald Nelson; born to this union was a daughter, Yolanda Elaine Nelson” Goodman.  On January 21, 1977 she was united in Holy Matrimony to William Leon Lockhart, her childhood sweetheart.  Out of this union came many Godsons and Goddaughters.  Co-Pastor Lockhart and husband established Temple of Faith OGIC, Inc. in 1990, with a name change, The Florida Cry A Loud International, Inc. Orlando, Florida.

To my daughters, Yolanda, Cassie, Shenkie, Jonique, Melaine, Stacey, Faith, Adrriene and to my sons, Troy, Traye, James, Family and Friends.  When I was in the hospital in October, 2010 for congestive heart failure, I left my body and I stood before the Lord Jesus Christ and I said unto the Lord: “No One Likes My Husband, Who is going to love my husband, who is going to stand with my husband in the ministry?”

The Lord sent me back into my body because of the concerned questions I asked him.  In February 2017, the Lord told me to be ready because he is coming for me.  November 2017, I heard this evangelist speak at the church and the Lord told me it was her, so I told her to say yes, so I can go to heaven.  She said yes to the will of the Lord in 2019.  The Lord answered my questions that I asked of him when I stood before him in October 2010.

When this happens, daughters, sons, family and friends, love her as you loved me.  To my best friend, Bishop William Leon Lockhart, do not wait no long time, Go find your chosen evangelist from the Lord Jesus Christ and you both obey the Lord Jesus Christ.  When she died on September 1, 2019, Mom Lockhart was escorted by angels to her heavenly home, the Holy City.  She answered God’s call at 8:30 am in Orlando, Florida.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Marvin and Rowena (Sims) Henry, mother Hattie Mae Lockhart – Scott and Superintendent Cornelius B. and Mother Bertha Mae (Casey Brown, two sisters, Juanita Henry and Doretha C. (Henry) Wraggs, Two brothers, Marvin D. “Jay Henry and Richard L. “Ricky” Henry.

She leaves to cherish precious memories, Husband Bishop William Leon Lockhart of 43 years of Orlando, Florida; Daughter Yolanda (Terry) Goodman of Fairview Heights, Illinois: Pastor Troy (Jonique) Lockhart of Iowa; Dr. Cassie Lynn Lockhart of Arizona; Traye Lockhart of El, Arizona, God daughter Melanie (Brian) Ward of Florida; God Son Assistant Pastor James Johnson Jr., of Florida; God daughter Stacy Delgne of Florida; God daughter Faith Lettman of Florida; God daughter Adriene Davis; sons, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Of the late Superintendent Cornelius B. and Mother Bertha Mae (Casey) Brown of Alton, Illinois, who on January 30, 1999 adopted Bishop William Leon Lockhart, Brother John Henry of Alton Illinois.

She will be missed by a host of nieces, nephews, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandchildren, aunts, cousins, church families and friends in Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Ghana, Norway, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Liberia.

She fought a good fight.  She kept the faith and finished her course.

The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 10:00 am followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am at Advancing The Kingdom Ministries, located at 601 W. Columbia Street, Orlando FL 32805.  Interment will be at Winter Garden Cemetery.  The Repast will follow interment at Meetings Weddings located at 3307 Gardenia Avenue, Orlando 32805 for fellowship with the family.

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