UPDATE: Plans announced for Randall Lockhart's funeral services
Randall and Candy Lockhart
UPDATE: Plans have been announced for Randall Lockhart's funeral services.
Visitation will be Thursday, December 4 from 4:00pm-8:00pm at Lane Funeral Home, with the funeral Friday at 2:00pm.
A second burial plot has been donated so the Lockharts can be laid to rest together.
Donations of clothing for the children has exceeded their needs, but monetary donations can be made at any First Tennessee Bank.
PREVIOUS STORY: Family members and the community are remembering the lives of two Chattanooga parents lost to a house fire. Randall and Candy Lockhart's home caught fire the day before Thanksgiving.
The Lockhart's three children were able to escape. Candy passed away later that day. After several days in a Nashville burn unit Randall passed away Tuesday evening. As we have reported, Channel 3 viewers have surrounded this family with love and support.
The Lockharts lived in a very close-knit North Chattanooga neighborhood. Everyone we have talked to, including Candy Lockhart's parents, say Randall and Candy's life revolved around working hard to support their three children.
"My daughter, when they got married, they moved into our house up there. And she wanted to be close to us. And we really loved each other," says Gary Patterson, Candy Lockhart's father.
Gary Patterson says his daughter and son-in-law's world revolved around their three children eight-year-old Mark, nine year-old Haley, and 10-year-old Rebecca.
"She was caring and loving. She loved these children," says Gary.
Thirty-five-year-old Candy spent her afternoon and evenings working at Pilgrim's Pride.
"She worked second shift. She didn't like working second shift because it took her away from the children in the evening."
That's where 41-year-old Randall stepped in.
"He stayed with them at night and fed them and took care of them and did their homework with them and put them to bed," says Gary.
Randall recently got a job in the deli at the new Publix. Gary says he did everything possible to support his family.
"Randall loved them to death."
"Everything you have can be replaced except for your children. And that's the hardest part is to see my friend's heartache. And I wish somehow I could take that away. But I can't," says close family friend Karen Reid.
Reid says Randall and Candy's love endured to the end, Candy yelling for her children to run as their home burned. In her goodbye to her friend, Karen thanked her.
"I told her, I said, 'Candy, you did amazing. You saved your children. They're fine. If you saw them you would never even know they had been in a house fire as bad as this was.'"
Candy was laid to rest Tuesday. As soon as we learn funeral arrangements for Randall, we will pass them along.
The Lockhart's church, One Accord Community Church in Red Bank, is still taking donations for the children. There is no longer a need for clothes but monetary donations are welcome.
The Chattanooga Fire Department has also set up an account at all First Tennessee Banks. You can contribute to 'The Lockhart Family Relief Fund.'