James "Wolf" Howard Lock

July 18, 1977 ~ May 31, 2020 (age 42)


James Howard Lock Jr. AKA “Wolf” was born on July 18, 1977 in Little Rock, AR to the parentage of James Lock Sr. and Wanda Pryor.

James attended Malvern Public Schools graduating in the class of 1996. During his time in school, he was an accomplished athlete excelling in football and the long jump. After high school he went on to play football on the collegiate level for the University of Central Arkansas.

Wolf was a well known and respected barber throughout the community. He never met a stranger and would give his last to help those in need.  He was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Wolf was also a natural born comedian that loved to entertain anyone he came in contact with.

He is preceded in death by his father James Lock Sr., his paternal grandfather Ona Lock, and his maternal grandparents Office and Bobbie Jean Morgan.

Left to cherish his memory is his mother, Wanda Pryor and paternal grandmother Vivian Lock of Malvern, AR.; sons Jaquez and Jacoby Lock of Malvern, AR. ; daughters Jaciah and Olivia Lock of Malvern, AR.; grandson Jelijah Lock of Malvern, AR.; sisters Calandra Lock Fraser (Jahnell) and Tiffany Toney (Javon) all of Malvern, AR.; brothers Morgan and Ezekiel Lock of Malvern, AR, and Jacob Lock of Portland, OR. and a host of family and friends.



The Barber Shop

A white rose,
the barber’s towel
around your face
shining like a beetle
clinging to the petals.
Clippings scattered on the floor
were the days when I loved you so much
while the garrulous
sculptor of heads cuts away
what time had made superfluous.
Ah! That unscrupulous hand made you
even more beautiful,
the curve of your eyebrows more clearly defined
and beneath the jade of your eyes,
your flowers, your lips half opened.
The shop impressed itself on my mind
in all its detail
and little by little the nothingness
which my life would soon become
without you
came crawling
into the scented room.
You smiled in the mirror
and I crumbled
because I had you and would lose you
like life classically cut short
by a pair of ancient scissors.


The Lock Family has chosen to be 

under the Professional Auspices of

Samuel L. Vance & Sons Funeral Directors

"The Epitome of Service"


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June 5, 2020

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Samuel L. Vance & Sons Funeral Directors Memorial Chapel
413 West Page Avenue
Malvern, ARKANSAS 72104

Funeral Service
June 6, 2020

1:00 PM
Deliverance Temple Institute Church of God in Christ
409 North Main Street
Malvern, AR 72104

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