OBITUARY: Janet Lockert Murray


Janet Lockert Murray, age 73, passed away on May 27, 2024.

Janet was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 18, 1950, to the late William Floyd Brown and Dorothy Elizabeth (Perry) Brown.

Janet was a graduate of Cheatham County High School, class of 1968. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in education and earned a teaching certificate.

Following graduation, she taught at East Cheatham Elementary, where she started the homebound and gifted student programs. She received a Master’s degree in Education from Texas Women’s University, developed the Talent and Gifted Program in Dallas Texas, and served as an instructional specialist.

She was Head Mistress of St. Vincent’s Episcopal School in Euless, TX for 13 years and retired from HEB school district.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents, W.B. and Dot Lockert; husband, B.J. Murray; and brother, Ric Brown, and son through marriage Mark Murray (Shawn and child Alex).

She is survived by her son, Philip Blakeman; daughter, Kate Blakeman; grandchildren, Henry Blakeman, Lyle Blakeman, Merrick Blakeman, and Sara Thompson; her children by marriage Mike Murray (Jacky) and their children Drew Murray and Hannah Murray; brothers, Jake (Theresa) Lockert and Perry (Carol) Lockert; sisters, Patrice (Joe) Tracey and Julie (Ray) Hibbs; father of her children, Alan Blakeman; and multiple nieces, nephews and other extended family.

The memorial service will be on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 10 am in the Chapel of Cheatham County Funeral Home with Father John Sims Baker officiating. Visitation will be Friday, May 31, 2024, from 4 pm to 7 pm and Saturday, June 1, 2024, from 9 am until the service hour of 10 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Cheatham County Funeral Home 615-792-2552 online condolences at


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