Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
April 27, 2013 9:32 am EDT


MOUNT VERNON — Orbie Mae Lockhart, 88, of Mount Vernon, passed away on Thursday evening, April 25, 2013, at the home of her daughter, following a brief illness.

She was born Nov. 12, 1924, in Parkersburg, W.Va., daughter of the late John L. and Osha Bell (Simmons) Watson.

Orbie worked for the City Laundry in Mount Vernon and the Mount Vernon Developmental Center. She enjoyed spending time with her family and teaching them everything she knew about playing euchre. During the past few months, Orbie gained a nickname of the “Bird Lady.” She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

Orbie is survived by her daughters, Linda S. Beever and Carol A. Conant, both of Mount Vernon; son, Ross E. Lockhart of Kodak, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and six stepgreat-grandchildren; brothers, Robert Lee Watson of New Mexico and Bowman (Fay) Watson of Parkersburg, W.Va.; several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Orbie was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Lockhart in 2003; son, Gary Lockhart; brothers, Grover, Donald, Raymond and James Watson; sisters, Mildred Hupp and Mary Ray; and son-in-law, John Beever.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until the time the funeral service at 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon with Rev. David Kendall-Sperry officiating. Inurnment will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, in Mound View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.

Private condolences may be expressed to the family at

The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Orbie Mae Lockhart.

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