Fifth District Commander John Davis was on hand to install Barbara Locklear as the new commander of American Legion Post 42 in Fayetteville last week. Also installed were other leaders of the local post. Pictured are (front, from left) Rebecca Durham, Carol Lyon, Sandy Swinford, Sandy Cooper, Sandy Law, Marie McConnell, Barbara Locklear, (standing) Dennis Caldwell, Richard McAbee, Brooke Grubb, John Davis, Tom Post, Leslie Law, John Barron and Jack Buck.

American Legion Post 42 installed its first woman commander during ceremonies held Monday of last week here in Fayetteville.

Barbara Locklear, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, was installed by Fifth District Commander John Davis out of McMinnville. Davis also installed other officers for the 2019-20 year during the ceremonies. Jack Buck serves as first vice commander of the local post, and Locklear’s brother, John Barron, serves as second vice commander.

“I’m excited and honored,” said Barbara prior to the installation. “If anyone would like to join the American Legion, we’d certainly welcome them – all honorably discharged veterans are welcome to join.”

Persons interested in joining or learning more about Post 42 may contact Barbara at 931-297-2048.

Active in the community, American Legion Post 42 is involved in a number of events and enjoys having a float in the annual Christmas Parade held in the city.

On Flag Day this Friday, June 14, members of the post will place service flags around the Lincoln County Courthouse as a part of its service to the community. Anyone wishing to attend and/or assist is welcome. They’ll begin putting the flags out at 7 a.m.

Each Friday night, Post 42 also hosts a dance from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at its building at 2007 Wilson Pkwy. The band plays country music as well as a mix of country rock and classic rock and roll tunes, and with a $6 cover charge; it is open to the public.

Post 42 meets the first Monday of each month at the American Legion Building. A meal is served at 6:30 p.m., followed by a meeting at 7 p.m.

“There are so many things we want to do,” she said, noting that she is appreciative of the support of Legion members, including that of her brother. “We have a lot of ideas between the two of us, and one of those is a monthly newsletter that we’d like to put out.”

The two moved to Fayetteville from Los Vegas in 2012, she said, noting that her brother was a truck driver and often drove through the area as he traveled across the country. With a brother in Mobile, Ala., and a sister, who is now deceased, in Springfield, Mo., at the time, Fayetteville seemed like a perfect spot. Another sister later joined them here.

Within just a few years of moving, she joined the Legion. He has been in the American Legion for 12 years and transferred his membership to Fayetteville.

“Since moving to Fayetteville, we’ve made some very good friends,” John said. “We just love it here – everyone is so friendly!”

While Barbara is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, John is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. She also enjoys gardening, supporting the local public library and being involved in TOPS (Take Pounds Off Sensibly), while John is an avid golfer.

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