Early-day leader in Nebraska work dies

Quentin Lockwood, an early-day leader in Southern Baptist work in Nebraska, died Wednesday, March 20, at his home in Chillicothe, Ohio. He and wife had moved to Ohio in 2008 to be near family.

He was born Nov. 2, 1922, in Louisa, Ky. Quentin loved to read even as a child. He excelled in school, and was named valedictorian of his graduating class at Louisa High School.

In 1940, he entered Ashland Junior College where he met Mary Alene Boggs who became his wife in 1943 just before he was shipped overseas as a navigator in the Army Air Corps. Based in Italy, he completed 40 missions before he was injured when his B24 Bomber was shot down and he was seriously injured in a crash in the Adriatic.

Lockwood returned to Georgetown College, Georgetown, Ky., on the GI Bill. He completed his bachelor’s degree in preparation for the ministry in 1947. He then earned a degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky.

He was ordained to the ministry in 1946 and served as pastor of three churches in Kentucky and one in Georgia.

In 1961, Lockwood was appointed by the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board to be the first director of missions for the state of Nebraska. His primary role was to help start new churches. In addition to travelling the state, he and his wife Mary Alene began the Omaha Baptist Center in inner-city Omaha.

Lockwood joined the Home Mission Board staff in Atlanta, Ga., in 1968 and remained there until his first retirement in 1988. He first served as associate director of pioneer missions and then as director of the rural/urban department.

He and Mary Alene moved back home to Ashland, Ky., in 1989. He became interim pastor for a number of churches in the region, earning the endearing title “Pope of the Big Sandy.”

He retired a second time in 2000 and remained in Ashland until his and Mary Alene’s health required a move to Traditions of Chillicothe, Ohio.

Among the survivors is his wife of 70 years, Mary Alene.

The funeral was held Saturday, March 23.

Memorials may be sent to:

  • Alzheimer’s Association, 6100 Dutchman’s Lane Suite 401, Louisville, KY 40205-3284
  • Kentucky Baptist Fellowship, P.O. Box 7098, Louisville, KY 40257

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