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William Lawson “Bill” Lockard

William Lawson “Bill” Lockard, 79, of Canton, passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020 at his home. He was born on October 20, 1940 in Beardstown, IL to Lawson W. Lockard and Neva (Snedeker) Lockard. He married Harriett Brillhart on February 23, 1963 in Astoria, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one-half brother, Donald Ring.

He is survived by his wife, Harriett and four children, Tammy Lowdon of Vacaville, CA, Timothy (Jennie) Lockard of Lincoln, IL, Tessa (Dan) Freeman and Teresa (Dan) Sprecher both of Canton, IL; nine grandchildren, Nathan (Shannon) Thompson, Ashley Lowdon, Nick Lowdon, Brendan (Liz) Birch, Justin (Haley) Freeman, Jacob (fiancé Skyler) Freeman, Drew Freeman, Zachary Sprecher, and Olivia Sprecher. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren with the 7th due in October and 8th due in December. He is also survived by one sister, Linda Leib of Astoria.

Bill was born at the Beardstown Hospital in Beardstown, IL. He was raised in Astoria, IL and graduated from Astoria High School in 1958. He then attended MacMurray College and Bradley University. Bill worked for his father at Lock’s Motor Sales, Lock’s Auto Company, and Lock’s Lincoln Mercury. He became the Ford dealer in 1970 as the name was changed to Lock’s Inc. He later sold this business to a friend, Guy Coleman in 1995 and later it was sold to another friend, John Davis. Bill worked for both of these dealers until 2019 when he had to quit on account of his health. Bill was active in civic affairs being Co-Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, Co-President of the Friendship Festival Board, and Vice-President of Canton’s Sesquicentennial in 1975. He also served on Ford’s Dealers Advertising Board and The Canton State Bank’s Board of Directors from 1975-1995. When he came to Christ, he desired to be active in church leadership. He became Chairman of finance committee, Chairman of the Deacons and Moderator of the First Baptist Church in Canton. Moving to the Evangelical Free Church of Canton, he served on the finance board, Chairman of the Christian Ed. Board, and served as an Elder. Though works will not save us, the Lord wants us to be active in service. To paraphrase Patrick Henry, “I have given everything I own to my children. There is one more thing I wish I could give them, and that is Christ. Because if they have everything, I gave them and they do not have Christ, they have nothing.”

A private graveside service will be held at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton, IL and a Memorial Service will be held the Evangelical Free Church at a later date. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Memorials can be made to the Evangelical Free Church in Canton, IL. To make online condolences you may go to



  • Carl & Linda Walter

    Reply June 9, 2020 9:02 am

    Thoughts and Prayers are with the Lockard Family.

  • tina myers

    Reply June 9, 2020 9:11 am

    Bill was such a prankster and sweet man. He watched me grow up out at the Ford dealership and always harrassed me in a good way, i am deeply saddened by his loss, my thoughts and prayers r with the family
    Tina Myers
    granddaughter of Freeman Long.

  • Alvin and Lorenda Spilker

    Reply June 9, 2020 12:22 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. A great man. Alvin and Lorenda Spilker.

  • Rhonda (Mummert) Palm

    Reply June 9, 2020 12:46 pm

    Uncle Bill certainly was a bit of a character at times and yet such a sweetheart!! I will miss running into him. My thoughts & prayers are with you Aunt Harriett, and with the whole family. God bless and give you comfort knowing he’s at peace now.

  • Carolynsue Wolf

    Reply June 9, 2020 1:09 pm

    Hello Harriett . So very sad to learn of Bill’s passing. As you know Bill and I were in high school together and then later in life, we were members of the First Baptist Church in Canton during some of the same years. I have faith that our Loving Lord will provide you and your family with much needed comfort during this sad time. God bless you and keep you. Carolynsue Wolf

  • Bob n Loretta Mummert

    Reply June 9, 2020 1:48 pm

    Bill was a classmate and married my cousin Harriet..words cannot tell the whole family how sorry Bob and I are for your loss of such a kind carry man.Hugs and prayers.

  • Christine Phillips

    Reply June 9, 2020 4:47 pm

    I will always remember Bill as a great father, husband and Sunday school teacher. His devotion to God, his family and others is an example to all. I know he is missed. My love and prayers go to his family.

  • Judith K Jarvis

    Reply June 9, 2020 4:59 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to Harriett and family.

    Randy and Judy Jarvis

  • Freeman Long Family

    Reply June 9, 2020 6:28 pm

    The family of Freeman Long send their thoughts and prayers to Bill’s family. Freeman and Bill were young men when the both worked for L.W With our deepest sympathy the, Long family

  • Mike and Kelly Snider

    Reply June 9, 2020 7:16 pm

    Bill was a great family man and an amazing role model. A man of God with faith unwavering. Loved his spunky spirit & sweet side. Love & prayers to the family. We will deeply miss him. Much love especially to Harriet.💜🙏

  • Marilee Griffin

    Reply June 9, 2020 7:38 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to you, Harriett, and to all the rest of your family. Bill was a great guy.Hugs to all of you.

    Marilee and Gary Griffin

  • Kevin and Rita Oliver

    Reply June 9, 2020 8:13 pm

    Bill was a wonderful person. He would always say “Hello” and visit with me. Bill was my Mother’s first cousin. My Mother’s name is Katie Burris Oliver. Bill was extremely kind to my Mother. Our deepest sympathy to Bill’s family.

  • Kevin and Rita Oliver

    Reply June 9, 2020 8:13 pm

    Bill was a wonderful person. He would always say “Hello” and visit with me. Bill was my Mother’s first cousin. My Mother’s name is Katie Burris Oliver. Bill was extremely kind to my Mother. Our deepest sympathy to Bill’s family.

  • John/Mary Mansker

    Reply June 9, 2020 8:53 pm

    John and I wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the entire family. We will be praying for God’s comfort and peace as your lives are impacted in this loss.

  • George M Meacham

    Reply June 9, 2020 11:12 pm

    Bill was a good solid friend. Till I returned to church Bill sent me the Upper Room everytime a new one came out. Bill loved his church family an his own family dearly. Will see you again some day Bill. God bless you an your family.


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  • M/C Scott

    Reply June 10, 2020 8:17 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family, Bill will be missed.

  • Lary Howarter

    Reply June 10, 2020 9:01 am

    Sorry for your loss Bill is one of the best my short time working with him was a privilege. Bill always treated you as family. God bless his soul. He will be missed.

  • Scott Hill

    Reply June 10, 2020 3:15 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I miss giving Bill a hard time. It was an honor selling for Bill back in the 70’s and being able to call him my friend.

  • Joy Claassen

    Reply June 10, 2020 7:47 pm

    Our sympathies go out to Harriet and family. It is hard to believe we have lost another classmate but a blessing to know he is in the presents of the Lord.

  • John M Gregory

    Reply June 10, 2020 10:46 pm

    I worked for and with Bill for over 45 years. He was my friend and I had great respect for him. He always had the right advice for every circumstance. He is dearly missed. Prayers and my sincere sympathy to Harriett and entire family.

  • Bill Weime

    Reply June 11, 2020 8:34 am

    Dear Harriet and family: my sincere sympathy and condolences to you on the passing of your loved one. I’ve known Bill since he was 8 years old and have so much respect for him! He’s with his Heavenly Father now and I know his mother is rejoicing with him. It was really wonderful years ago when I heard he gave his life to Jesus. His mother was a wonderful Christian lady and I know she prayed for him daily!!

  • Barbara Hamm

    Reply June 11, 2020 9:11 pm

    Harriet and family…….so very sorry for the passing of Bill. He will Truely be missed by so many. Great and fun guy. Love and prayers for all of you . So many good memories from all of these years.
    Barbara & Ray Hamm

  • Diane White

    Reply June 12, 2020 9:09 am

    Dear Harriet and family, So sorry to hear about Bill. He is one of my favorite school friends along with you Harriet. I hope it will comfort you all to remember all of your wonderful family times. Diane Weime White

  • Donald St Clair

    Reply June 12, 2020 9:53 am

    So sad to hear of Bill’s passing. He and I had some good discussions and back and forth razzing. I always enjoyed visiting with him. Like all good people, he will be greatly missed. God bless his family and you were blessed that his life crossed yours. Don St. Clair

  • Michael Owens

    Reply June 13, 2020 2:49 am

    Our deep condolences to the Lockard family. Bill was my first mentor, working for him at Lock’s Fordtown during my younger days washing and detailing new cars. He was one of kind, always a warm greeting and a firm handshake. I remember many a time he and my Dad negotiating a car deal. He is one of the reasons I am what I am today. Peace be with you and all your family.

  • Jim Morgan

    Reply June 14, 2020 10:29 pm

    Harriet. So sorry to hear of Bills passing. He was always a great person to work with on car financing deals over the years. Also a friend who collected antiques and loved auctions as I did. He will be missed. May God bless you and your family. Jim Morgan

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