12/16/36 - 4/10/21

Janice Aileen Lockwood Coker, a resident of Booneville AR went peacefully to be with the Lord April 10, 2021 with her husband by her side. Jan was born on December 16, 1936 in Many, Louisiana to Benjamin Edward Lockwood and Pearley Estelle Hines.

Jan married Billy Coker on December 8, 1969 in Haughton, Louisiana. Jan lived most of her life in Shreveport and Stonewall Louisiana, but also lived in Illinois, Iowa, Texas and Colorado early in her marriage to Bill. Due to health reasons, they moved from their home in Stonewall to Booneville, AR in July 2020 to be closer to her youngest son and his family. Jan was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was the heart of her family and made every birthday and holiday extra special for those she loved, whether it be a special meal or gift. She was the mom that fed all of the neighborhood kids when they came over. Jan was an excellent cook and was famous for her mini pecan pies and red velvet cake. Also if you were lucky to be one of her grandchildren, there was always a ‘goodie bag’ given to you upon leaving her home.

“We’re all travelers in this world. From the sweet grass to the packing house/Birth ‘ill death. We travel between the eternities.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, sons, Mitchell Jay Oakes and infant son Ronnie Oakes, brothers Bennie Lockwood, Bobby Lockwood, Charlie Lockwood and Mike Lockwood, sisters Nancy Lockwood Russell and Bettie Lockwood Gautney.

She is survived by her husband, Billy Coker of Booneville AR, sons Edward Oakes (Janet) of Hot Springs Village AR, and BJ Coker and wife Marcia of Booneville AR; her grandchildren that she loved dearly, Zachary Oakes of Bossier City LA, Blake Oakes and wife Sara of New Orleans LA, Chelsea Gomez and husband Tomas of Austin TX, Jamie Oakes and Jenna Oakes of Sachse TX and Savana Coker and Barrett Coker of Booneville AR; four great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Connor, Avery and Charlotte Oakes. She is also survived by two sisters, Mary Singletary and husband Jimmy of Walker, LA, and Bonita Coker and husband Wendell of Stonewall, LA.

A very special thanks to her daughter in-law Marcia Coker for all that she has done over the years of caring, cooking and cleaning along with attending and transporting to and from doctor visits for Jan and Bill, especially since the move to Booneville.

Also a special thanks to their Stonewall, LA long time neighbor `Rodney Paterson’ as he was either helping them around the house outside, engaged with processing deer sausage to also he’d always take over a plate of fresh fried fish he’d just caught to a mess of or cooked crawfish for them to enjoy, along with other meals. He just loved to visit them. Rodney is a member of the 50’s Club now, but this friendship started with my parents when he was a teenager. It never stopped, still to date he was checking on them regularly in Booneville, AR. So thank you Rodney, Jan loved you.

Also want to thank the DeSoto Parish EMT units and 911 Center along with MPD Asst. Chief Billy Locke for their personal touch they gave to my parents on occasions.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials made to the Mount Carmel Cemetery Fund – Mount Carmel, Louisiana, the Oak Grove Cemetery Fund in Converse, LA or the Shreveport Shriners Hospital for Children Transportation Fund.

Per Jan’s wishes, she will be cremated and no funeral services will be held. A celebration of her life and that of her son, Jay (RIP January 10th 2021), will be held at a later date. She didn’t want anyone to grieve or be sad by her leaving this earthly ugliness as she would at times say. She wants everyone to be happy and if tears are shed, let them be tears of joy that she is no longer in pain, she is now with OUR LORD and Savior rejoicing as she is getting to see her family and friends that have gone before her... She will be placed at the side of her husband of 51 years in Converse, Louisiana in a cemetery full of family when that time comes. `Psalm 100”Psalm 23’

“Mama’s work is done now, she’s gone on home. The words in our hearts will be engraved on her stone. She loved a lot in her time, She watched love grow and die on the vine. She stood in the shadows so others could shine. Mama... you loved a lot in your time.”

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