First woman

Fayetteville’s Barbara Locklear, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, will be the first woman to be installed as commander of American Legion Post 42.

The installation is planned for Monday, June 3, at the Legion building located at 2007 Wilson Pkwy., Fayetteville, with Fifth District Comm. John Davis conducting the ceremony. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 7 p.m.

Nearing its 100th anniversary, Post 42 received its charter from the American Legion on Nov. 8, 1919. Roy W. Rees was elected as its first post commander just two months later, on Jan. 1, 1920, according to a history posted on the American Legion’s centennial website.

It was on July 25, 1932, when members of Post 42 voted to change the name of the post to Towry Post 42 in honor of Pvt. Wiley Smith Towry (May 6, 1895 – Sept. 29, 1918), who was Lincoln County’s first casualty of World War I.

Locklear moved to Fayetteville from Los Vegas in 2012 with her brother, John Barron, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy. He has also been involved with the local American Legion Post. 

With the installation next week, as Locklear is installed as commander, her brother will become second vice commander. Serving as first vice commander is Jack Buck.

The post welcomes all honorably discharged veterans to become members. Persons interested in joining may contact Locklear at 931-297-2048.