Linwood Michael Locke
Feb. 28, 1948 – June 14, 2020
Linwood Michael Locke (Mike), 72, of North Chesterfield, Virginia passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2020.
Mike was a graduate of the 1966 class of Cathedral High School and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. He joined the Army at age 18 after high school, and was a Vietnam Vet. Mike had a 38-year career with the Richmond Fire Department where he was a Firefighter for 10 years, before becoming a Lieutenant and Assistant Fire Marshall. He then became the Safety Officer for several years before returning to his job as an Assistant Fire Marshall. He retired in 2007. He was an active member of Gold Wing Road Riders Association, Chapter U, in Hanover, VA where he served as the Safety Officer, Ride Coordinator, and served with his wife Lynda as the Chapter Couple. He then went on to become the founder of the first chapter of the Red Knights Motorcycle Club in Virginia in 1998, where he served as president, and later as treasurer, of VA Chapter 1.
He is survived by his wife Lynda, daughters Michelle L. Mead and Diana M. Reece, stepsons Billy and Ray Cogbill, daughters in law Jessica and Shelly Cogbill, 8 grandchildren listed by age, Christopher (CJ), Adam, Brent, Kyelee, Tyler, Caden, Amber and Aubrie, niece Ellen, and nephews Andrew and Matthew, as well as numerous beloved cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents Harry Linwood Locke and Winifred McCracken Locke, stepmother Elizabeth Locke, sisters Regina McCracken and Lillian Lee, and niece Katherine Lee.
A memorial service will be held at Webber Memorial Baptist Church in North Chesterfield as soon as we may safely do so. Details will be updated on this website, and in the Richmond Times Dispatch, when available.
Anyone wishing to make donations in his honor may do so to Webber Memorial Baptist Church, 7800 Salem Church Road, North Chesterfield, VA 23237.
Many fond memories of our time at Cathedral and afterwards!
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord! And let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed rest in peace.
Thank you for your kind words
Much love to Lynda and the whole family. My prayers are with you all.
Worked many years with Mike and he always worked hard at his job. Rest In Peace Mike
It’s hard to believe Mike is gone. He was a colorful and very kind friend and it was an honor to have known him.. He had the most wonderful deep rumbling voice. His conversation and humor will be missed. Offering prayers for his family.
Will miss you Brother!
I had the pleasure of working at the fire marshal’s office with Mike for 2 years.
He was always good for a laugh and loved working downtown.
The man could tell a story!
RIP and prayers for his family.
First time I met Mike he came in the kitchen at Church after a meal and said I’ll wash those dishes. I’m the official dish washer. He never complained about doing them. Seems like he always showed up when it was time to clean up. He had a sweet soul. We are going to miss him.
I have fond memories of Mike during the many Webber Bible Schools we helped with, will miss his warm caring heart
We will miss you Mike; an approachable, easy going follower of Christ.
Will miss my Sunday hug…Rest in Peace Mike you will be missed
I Remember Michael & Lynda’s beautiful wedding. So many GWRRA memories. Game nights with the 4 couples were always fun. May you be at peace my friend. Bless all of your dear family. John & Anita Raines
We will miss Michael.He was a very nice guy. He will be missed a lot at our family gatherings.
We will miss you Mike. You were so kind and sweet to a young cousin with a massive crush on you during my teenage years. So many special memories. We love you.
I remember the good times we had at Cathedral Mike. Rest in peace my man.
My deepest condolences to the family. He was an amazing guy with a huge heart. Rest in Eternal Peace Mike
The Re Knights were never the same after you left. Will miss you Brother ! Rest In Peace .
I remember as a young kid Mike would take me motor cycle ridding, shooting and hunting. He always went over the safety stuff every time with me. Things that I have passed on to the younger generation and one day my kids. I remember going on several calls with him in Richmond that got dispatched while I was visiting him at the safety office at number 10. But the thing I will remember the most is at my wedding when he said he was proud of me and the man I had become. Mis you (uncle) Mike.
I’d like to thank everyone for their kind words and for sharing good memories of Michael. He would be very touched.
Mike, you made me welcome when I first attended Webber Memorial Church. You will be missed Brother
Mike will definitely be missed! It will be odd not seeing him and getting a hug on Sunday mornings at Webber Memorial Baptist Church. RIP my friend. Lynda, prayers for you and your family. May God continue to watch over and bless you!
I’m so sorry to hear about Mike. I have many memories that include Mike.. He was a sweetheart. May he Rest in Peace.
Please accept our deepest sympathies in the loss of your husband. Mike was a good Father, Husband and Firefighter as well as friend. Our hearts are heavy too.
The members of the Richmond Retired Firefighters Association will truly miss our friend who has gone ahead of us and will greet all of us one day.
The sorrow of the faithful is not that of permanent loss, but the tender sense of sadness that comes in saying good-bye for now to someone we love.
May today’s sorrow give way to the peace and comfort of God’s love.
It will be the little things that you will remember, the quiet moments,
the smiles, the laughter. And although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these little things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again.
Thank you so much.
I will always cherishes the special memories of Uncle Mike. Shooting out at the farm, letting me always have the glass grapes on for a night light and my love for “Star Trek”. Love u always Uncle Mike
I remember our fun times in high school. Rest in peace, Mike. Condolences to the family. My prayers are with you.