A friend of a friend-Rudy Locklear-Gary Locklear-December 3

One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for December 3, 2015.

My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.

Yesterday my post was on chief district court judge for Judicial District 16B in Robeson County Stan Carmical. On Tuesday night I ran into the judge that Stan replaced; Gary Locklear.  Gary served two four-year terms on the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees from 2007 thru 2015 and is a Pembroke resident and 1970 graduate of UNCP. He studied law at UNC-Chapel Hill.

I got to see Gary Locklear with his wife Molly and granddaughter at the “Lighting of Old Main” a great holiday event that takes place at UNC Pembroke.

Old Main

This event featured individuals making comments representing the student body, faculty, staff, and alumni. The individual making comments from the alumni was Randall Jones a great friend of Gary.

Even thou Gary is retired from serving as chief district court judge he still stays active in his profession. He has served as Chief Justice for Lumbee Tribe Supreme Court and is currently serving as attorney for the Town of Pembroke, NC.

Even though Gary has remained active he and his wife Molly a retired school principal find plenty of time to be with their granddaughter. That was evident last evening as they doted on her at the event on campus.

Another person very familiar to Judge Gary Locklear was also in attendance last night Rudy Locklear.



The Friend of the Friend-RUDY LOCKLEAR

rudy locklear

The Professionally Engaged Leader

Rudy Locklear is a two time graduate of UNC Pembroke. He is currently serving as President of the UNC  Pembroke Alumni Board of Directors.

He has worn a lot of different hats in professional life.  He has worked as a deputy, a volunteer firefighter, adjunct professor at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and as an instructor at Robeson Community College.

Currently he serves as a magistrate. I got asked by someone a year ago just what does a magistrate do and how do you get appointed or elected.


Magistrates for each county in North Carolina are appointed for two-year terms by the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge upon nomination of the Clerk of Superior Court. Magistrates are officers of the district court, and they are subject to the supervision of the Chief District Court Judge in judicial matters. In Robeson County, NC Rudy is one of 12 magistrates serving the county.

In criminal matters, magistrates issue arrest and search warrants and set bail. They have authority to:

  • accept guilty pleas to minor misdemeanors and pleas of responsibility to infractions;
  • accept waivers of trial and guilty pleas to certain traffic littering, wildlife, boating, marine fisheries, state park recreation and alcoholic beverage violations; and
  • accept waivers of trial and guilty pleas in worthless check cases in which the check is for $2000 or less.

In civil matters, the magistrates may be assigned by the Chief District Court Judge to hear small claims cases, including summary ejectment (landlord’s action to evict a tenant) cases. The magistrate is also authorized to perform marriage ceremonies, assign a year’s allowance to a surviving spouse, administer oaths, verify pleadings and take acknowledgments (notarization) of instruments.

Rudy has really become involved in a professional association that works to better all magistrates across the state of North Carolina. That association is North Carolina Magistrates Association. The association represents more than 674 magistrates from every North Carolina county.

This past fall at the age of 33 Rudy was elected to a two year term as president of the North Carolina Magistrate Association. He became the first American Indian to serve in this capacity.

Gary Locklear and Rudy Locklear are two leaders who represent UNC Pembroke in a positive fashion.










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