Teens Struggle To Pay For Mom's Funeral

Two North Carolina teens who held an early graduation ceremony so their terminally ill mother could see them in their caps and gowns are now struggling to pay her funeral expenses.

The Charlotte Observer reported Sunday that Tonya Lockhart's four children are trying to raise the $8,000 the funeral home is asking for services. The 43-year-old Lockhart died last month after fighting cervical cancer for a year.

To grant her dying wish, North Mecklenburg High School held an early ceremony in a hospital chapel so Lockhart could see 18-year-old Brittany and 19-year-old Brandon graduate.

Now those teens and their two brothers are trying to find the money to bury their mother after they found an insurance policy they thought would cover the costs had lapsed.

Donations can be sent to Myers Park United Methodist Church, Attn. Kevin Wright, 1501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207. Donors should write "Lockhart" in the memo line of the check.

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  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on May 11, 2010 at 08:30 AM
    Where's the rest of these kids' family? Surely they have someone out there that could help them with this, an aunt, uncle, grandparents, someone! They shouldn't have to go through this alone.
  • by Brown Location: Clifton Park on May 11, 2010 at 05:23 AM
    My heart goes out to these kids. I'm going to donate money for the funeral and a love offering for them. My mother died when I was 12 in my arms coming home from school so I know this is a tragic time for them. Kids keep your head up. whatever you do do it for your mom. I pray this is no scam... my prayers are with you guys!
  • by Charlotte-area person Location: Gastonia, NC on May 10, 2010 at 08:05 PM
    This is not a scam. I live in the Charlotte suburbs and this story made the newspaper and TV. The principal of Tonya's children's high school (North Meck) graduated them at her bedside days before she died.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 10, 2010 at 06:04 PM
    Resident, A quick google of her name "Tonya Lockhart" reveals a obituary posted in the Charlotte Observer. Also most "scam like" situations would have a hard time hosing the media, churches, and the school that the children attended.
  • by Resident Location: Greenville on May 10, 2010 at 04:50 PM
    I don't want to be skeptical but how may this information on the children and their plight be verified. There are so many "scam-like" situations I have become gun-shy of these reports. Who can suggest a way to confirm the validity of this information?
  • by wondering Location: grifton on May 10, 2010 at 02:39 PM
    I know a family with an 80 year old man who is in poor health and they have no insurance on him or any of the rest of the family.What happens when one of them dies? they have to be buried somehow who pays?
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 10, 2010 at 11:10 AM
    It's tough out there and I feel for the kids. I'm sure they have had a hard time going to sleep worried to death. Hope they can get through this difficult time!
  • by MadMax Location: Tarboro on May 10, 2010 at 01:14 AM
    Thanks Clifton, will send something out today. My heart goes out to these kids.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on May 9, 2010 at 06:14 PM
    Here is the website for the church. I have not examined it but there should be a phone number for the church and they could direct you to the funeral home. But the church is handling the donations. http://www.mpumc.org/
  • by MadMax Location: Tarboro on May 9, 2010 at 05:29 PM
    I'd rather write a check to the funeral home too. Can we please have the name of that? I can't send much, but I'll sure send some, this is just heartbreaking.
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