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Originally published: 2014-01-31 08:30:29
Last modified: 2014-01-31 08:31:15

Traimel 'Trai' Lockwood

Sgt. Traimel "Trai" Lockwood, 28, of White Oak Road, Vilas, passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.

Traimel attended several elementary schools including Mission, Franklin, Victoria, and Clement Elementary Schools in Redlands, Calif., and Valley Fellowship Resource Center Church School in Rialto, Calif. Trai gave his life to the Lord at the age of 9 years old. On Sept. 13, 1999, Trai and his family moved to Boone, where he attended Blowing Rock Elementary School, in Blowing Rock, Watauga High School in Boone, and Adventist Preparatory Academy in Boone, where he and his sisters were homeschooled. He graduated from his homeschool training in June of 2004.

Traimel loved sports and began playing Junior All American Pop Warner football while in elementary school. He excelled in Junior All American football where, after an 86-yard run that resulted in a championship, and game-ending defeat of his Norco, Calif., opponents, the local papers named him "The Norco Nightmare." Trai also ran track for Team World Track Club in San Bernardino, Calif. At Watauga High School, Trai played basketball and football, and was a member of the wrestling and track and field team. He earned numerous trophies, medals, and awards for excellence in performance and/or dedication to his sport. Trai loved all types of sports, but as an adult, snowboarding was his passion.

After graduating high school, Trai moved to Texas with his extended family to find himself. He quickly earned the name "Bull Rider" for his grandiose, but not pretentious, personality and his innate will to go hard in everything that he did. His already strong work ethic was sealed during this time. This is when he decided to join the United States Army Reserves. He enlisted in 2008.

Traimel quickly rose through the ranks serving first as a Private Second Class, and while in boot camp, he was chosen as Squad Leader. Trai received awards in basic training, advanced individual training, and a certificate for combat life saver course, and standard army maintenance system enhancement. Trai was recently honored to earn the rank of Sergeant. In boot camp, Trai earned the number one ranking in PT drills, as well as earning certificates for the National Defense Service Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the Merit Unit Citation, the North Carolina Meritorious Service Medal, as well as the Physical Fitness Badge.

While Trai loved to work, he loved his family and friends even more. He met the love of his life, Jyssica Murphy, in 2011, and they married in 2012. She was his best friend. Still, Trai had a host of individuals in his life who were more than just friends; they bonded as his brothers and sisters. Trai had so many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends who all had a special relationship with him. He and his brother-in-law, Adam Roy, had a bond that rose above brotherhood; they shared a spiritual connection. Traimel cherished his relationship with his mother, father, and his two sisters. He loved them beyond measure and they him.

Trai is survived by his wife, Jyssica Murphy Lockwood of the home; his parents, Mark and Terri Lockwood of Boone; his grandfather and step-grandmother, Hayward and Janice Johnson of New Caney, Texas; two sisters, Tamieka Lockwood Roy and husband, Adam, of Boone, and Shekina Lockwood of Hickory; his great-grandmothers, Pearlie B. Lee of Cleveland, Texas, and Dorothy Pearson of New Caney; his mother-in-law, Susan Murphy of Boone; his father-in-law, Jaime Murphy of Citrus Springs, Fla.; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Truly and Jeremiah Hughes of Spruce Pine, and James and Leah Murphy of Ocala, Fla.; his aunts and uncles, Brenda Sutherland, Merlene Lockwood, and Mervyn Lockwood, all of Los Angeles, Calif., Pattie Arthur of Asheville, Hayward Johnson of Cleveland, Paul Johnson of San Diego, Calif., Carol and Eric Harmon of Banner Elk; six nieces, Moriah and Brielle Roy, Autumn and Victoria Holtsclaw, Taylor and Teagan Murphy; eight nephews, Malachi, Theaus, and Mathias Velez, Jeremiah Wilkes, Joshua Holtsclaw, Talon Murphy, Gabriel and Ethan Hughes; and a host of loving family and friends.

Funeral services for Traimel "Trai" Lockwood were conducted Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 29, 2014, at the Boone National Guard Armory. Officiating were Pastor Charles Hindman, Elder Mervyn Lockwood and Mr. Adam Roy. Full military honors and burial, provided by the North Carolina National Guard and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock.

Online condolences may be sent to the Lockwood family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.