Alfreda Lockett of "Memaw's" restaurant passes away, family and friends hold vigil

Jennifer Munoz (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- The community is now honoring the life of a woman who touched the hearts of many Maconites.

Alfreda Lockett, also known as Memaw, passed away earlier this week but on Friday in front of her restaurant off Mumford Rd. friends and family held a candlelight vigil in honor of her legacy.

Family and friends say that she was always willing to lend a hand to those in need.

Macon-Bibb Commissioner Al Tillman said of Memaw, "She was a true pillar in the community, as you can see with the enormous crowd here that she took care of everybody. Everybody loved her, she loved people."

For Tillman, her restaurant became his second home, saying that she was like a mother to him.

Even though there were tears and sadness at Friday's vigil, friends and family like Sheree Williams celebrated the light that Alfreda Lockett was to the community.

Williams said that she had a God-fearing spirit and a truly selfless spirit.

Memaw's son, Richard Lockett Jr., said that she used her food to win the hearts of everyone in Macon's Bellevue neighborhood.

"She has always been about family, always been about community in her own special way," Lockett said.

Memaw was also known for having a generous heart and fed everyone, even if they had nothing.

"I think this restaurant for her and her family was not about profit, it was just about being a place where folks can come have a meal. Whether you could afford it or not she still fed you," Al Tillman said.

Education was also important to Memaw, who was studying to get a degree in psychology at Middle Georgia State University. She wanted her grand kids to know that it's never too late to go back to school.

Lockett's funeral will be held Saturday, Dec. 2 at 12 p.m. at the New Hope Baptist Church in Macon.

Lockett's family said that her funeral service is open to the entire community.

For now, the family has said that they are unsure what will happen next with Memaw's restaurant and say that it will never be the same without her.

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