Faye Lockert McDonald, age 89, passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2022, at her home in Ashland City, Tennessee. Faye was a Cheatham County native, born in Ashland City, Tennessee, on October 26, 1932, to the late William Bradley and Mary Hazel (Perry) Lockert.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, CSM (Ret) John Russell McDonald; brothers, W.B. (Dot), Jimmy, Lopez, Mike Lockert and sister, Ann Lockert Fields (Charlie).
Her late husband was a career soldier having served two tours in Korea and three tours in Vietnam. Faye traveled with her husband from bases in Texas to Alaska in furtherance of his service for a country she loved dearly. She knew well the sacrifices both the soldiers abroad and their families at home made during long deployments and she spent much of her time volunteering to assist these younger soldiers and their families. She continued these efforts even following her husband’s retirement. Faye organized an effort in Tennessee for cities across the state to adopt specific units of soldiers deployed to Iraq. These cities would send care packages to the soldiers and offer support to the families that remained at home. At one time, she and Mary Grey Jenkins organized over 5,000 care packages donated from the community to be sent to Ashland City’s adopted unit abroad.
Faye was honored many times and in many ways by her community, but she was most proud of being formally named an honorary member of C-Company 1/327th 101st Airborne Division (Cold Steel Cobras). This Company was one in which her husband had proudly led in Vietnam, and she became known as the Company Mom for generations of soldiers thereafter. She was also named Honorary Distinguished Member of the Regiment and given the Commander’s Award for her volunteer efforts and patriotism in assisting the soldiers and families of the 101st Airborne Division.
She is survived by her sons, Richard Bradley Young, Christopher Lockert Young (Lisa), and Tony Young; daughter, Heather McDonald Beal (Robbie); grandchildren, Mallory (Aaron) Bolen, Carly Young (Jason Witt), and Antonio Beal; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Jackson Lockert, Elsa Lockert, and Ravonda Nance.
Funeral service will be Sunday, August 14, 2022, at 3pm in the Chapel of Cheatham County Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, before the service from 12pm until 3pm.
Faye will be buried with her late husband on Monday, August 15, 2022, at 11 am at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West, Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Active pallbearers will be Antonio Beal, Aaron Bolen, Will Lockert, Jake Lockert, Brad Fields, Perry Lockert, and Jason Witt. Honorary pallbearers are Members of the 1/327th Cold Steel Cobra Company.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fisher House, 652 Joel Drive, Fort Campbell, KY 42223 which supports wounded veterans and their families or Gideons International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800. Cheatham County Funeral Home LLC 615-792-2552 on-line condolences at www.cheathamcountyfh.com