Arthur Ray Carlock

Born in Bakersfield, CA on July 3, 1944

Departed on January 26, 2020 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Art Carlock was born July 3, 1944 to Mary M. Carlock and William F. Carlock of Bakersfield, California. Art grew up on the farmlands and played trombone in the South High School Rebels Band. After graduation he joined the United States Air Force as Military Police, and was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, TX. While active duty he continued to play trombone in the Air Force Volunteer Ensembles. At the end of his tenure, Art took up interests in technology manufacturing, vehicle mechanics, and truck driving. A long time fan of hot rods and racing, Art met his wife to be, Pamela Carlock at a local drag racing hot spot and they were married in 1967.

Art had a heart for people, wildlife, adventure, and the open road. Much of what Art Carlock admired can be seen in Bakersfield’s own Highway 99 Cruise N’ Show. He served several years as Chairman and Founder of the annual community event. Art brought thousands of eager families together for exciting weekends of hot rods, cruising Chester Avenue, and Burnout Competitions. Having such a heart for community also drew him to become President of the Bakersfield Christmas Parade Committee. He enjoyed inspiring families to come out for a time of fellowship and childhood memories.

Art Carlock is survived by his wife Pamela of 53 years. His Daughters Debra Nix-Hendry of Houston TX, Tamra Braase and husband Darren of Gallatin TN, Brandi Green and her husband Don of Hendersonville TN; his grandchildren, Justin Braase of Wheaton IL, Taralynne Riggs and husband Daniel Riggs of Gallatin TN, Kolby Fain and Austin Green of Hendersonville TN; great grandchildren Keiton Riggs and Judson Riggs of Gallatin TN; his niece Julie Carlock Torgeson and her husband Rob of Sapulpa OK; Cousins, Larry Carroll of Bakersfield CA., Pamela Carter Burch and husband Mike of Sinking Springs PA, Russell Carter, Ray Carter and wife Corrina of Loveland CO ; Honorary Children Jennifer Pruitt Welch, Kristin Harriss, Amy Wise, Kristi Heinz, Danette Bowers, and Adriane O’Neil of Bakersfield, CA.

Art was preceded in death by his Mother Mary M. Carlock and his father William F. Carlock of Bakersfield, CA. His brother James F Carlock and his wife Saundra of Sapulpa, OK; his nephews, Jimmy Carlock, Mark Alan Carlock of Sapulpa, Ok; and honorary daughter Robin Gessner of Bakersfield, CA.

A celebration of life service for Arthur will be held at Hendersonville Funeral Home on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 12:00 PM. Family and friends may gather from 11:00 AM until the time of the service. Entombment will take place following the service with Military Honors in the Mausoleum at Hendersonville Memory Gardens.

Obituary to be posted.

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35 Comments to Arthur Ray Carlock

  1. Susan Brasier
    January 30, 2020 7:35 pm

    Art you will certainly be missed! You always had a smile for me and I will miss you greatly!

  2. Cathy Irving
    January 31, 2020 3:21 pm

    Our deepest condolences to the family. I’ve known Pam and Art for over 50 years. Our kids grew up together. He was a loving man. He will be missed.

  3. Ken Silber
    January 31, 2020 5:16 pm

    Pam and family, I’m so sorry to learn about Art’s passing. Such a kind and fun man. I new him from Pam’s association with June Kranenberg and the dancing we did back in the late 70’s- early 80’s.
    What a great life you had together, and big family to look after Pam, now that he is left us. Take care, and thank you for reaching out to me.
    Ken Silber

  4. Alice “Sam” Roberts
    January 31, 2020 6:20 pm

    Always a smile on your face & a happy heart. You gave much more of yourself than most of us. I’m sure the Lord is happy your there to help but we will all miss you very much.

  5. Glenda Woods
    January 31, 2020 8:11 pm

    Pam and family, I was so sorry to hear about Art’s passing. I’ve known Art since grade school he was always a gentleman. I’m happy I got to see him in Okla. last spring. Pam you and family our in my prayers.

  6. Danette Bowers
    January 31, 2020 8:31 pm

    Sorry for your lose. He was like my second dad throughout elementary school. I spent just as much time over the house with Brandi as with my home. He was such a big yet gentle and loving man. You will be missed and I will always love you and hold every memory close to my heart.

    • Brandi Green
      February 1, 2020 12:11 am

      He loved you to the moon and back! Definitely loved you as his own. Love you my friend! He was so happy to see you and your beautiful family. Brandi

  7. Terry and GINA Hester
    January 31, 2020 10:35 pm

    Pam, we are sitting here in Bakersfield tonight thinking about you and we want you to know you’re in our prayers. I remember when I drove Art up to Richland Chevrolet when he was planning your guy’s move back Tennessee. He was so excited that you two were moving in order to be close to your children. Take solace in knowing you made him very happy and he’s now with our Lord.

  8. Kare Mulroy
    January 31, 2020 10:58 pm

    My deepest sympathies to Art’s wife and family on the loss of a kind man and fine gentleman. May he Rest In Peace and May his family take comfort in that.

  9. William F. Carlock (Hank)
    February 1, 2020 12:58 am

    Rest in peace cousin. I only remember meeting you one time when you flew in to Tulsa and me and my Dad Lloyd picked you up at the airport and you spent a little time in Oklahoma. I was really young at the time and don’t remember much but I do remember that we all had a great time visiting and enjoying the family get together like I wish we still had. I am sure it involved a good old fish fry at Uncle Waldo’s! I hope the family out there is doing well and that they know you and them are in our thoughts.

  10. Elizabeth & Steve Caravello
    February 1, 2020 9:09 am

    Pam & the Carlock family please accept our deepest sympathies. In this time of grief, you are in our thoughts and in our prayers. We pray that in this difficult time, the love of God shelters you and mends the pain as you move forward. I was deeply saddened to hear your loss. We have many fond memories of Art during our time with Corvettes of Bakersfield. Steve & Elizabeth Caravello.

  11. Kimberly A English
    February 1, 2020 9:35 am

    Art you will be missed! Now you are with family in heaven and your beloved pets!

  12. Nancy Keown Peters
    February 1, 2020 10:35 am

    So sorry for your loss. Such a very nice man

  13. Sherry Parker
    February 1, 2020 12:47 pm

    Ohhh Pam and family … no words!!! I am devastated for you all and so shocked!! I was just texting with him last week! Just so unbelievable!!! You were such a wonderful sole and a customer at FOR THE BIRDS for many, many years!!! We will miss you so very, very much!!! Pam please call on me if you need anything!!! Love you !!!!

  14. Judy Jones Lambirth
    February 1, 2020 1:20 pm

    Pam I am filled with sadness at your loss Art and I wwre best friends all through school..My mom Jose Jones worked with Maxine for years at Greenfield elementery cafeteria and when Art and I went to South so did Mom and dad and Bill my mom and Maxine were best feiends for years..remember the famous Flying Saucer…

    • Brandi Green
      February 1, 2020 3:19 pm

      Judy, hope all is well with you and hope Aunt Josie knows we love and think of her all the time. Those 2 were a hoot to have together. Grandma loved friend!

      Thank you for tour kind words.

      • Tamra Braase
        February 2, 2020 5:00 pm

        Give Aunt Josie a big hug for me. Whenever I’m home I always try to go by and see her at Rosewood. The memories we all had together with Grandma and Josie were so fun.

  15. Judy Jones Lambirth
    February 1, 2020 1:28 pm

    Pam if you have an old pucture of Art with Maxine and Bill would you please send it ti me ..

  16. Debbie Williams
    February 1, 2020 1:48 pm

    Brandi- you have our deepest sympathies for the loss of your dad. I am sure we met your folks years and years ago. I am glad to see that you and your family lived near by during these last years so you got to spend a lot of time together. I know he will be greatly missed and I hope the happy memories of the past continue to bring joy to your future. Take care, Debbie Williams

    • Brandi Green
      February 1, 2020 3:22 pm

      Debbie, thank you so much! I’m sure the paths have crossed. I appreciate all the kind words and thoughts.

  17. Ron Gregory
    February 1, 2020 1:55 pm

    What a shock. I have been so wrapped up in my own health issues, I assumed all was ok with others. Knew art through our cars. Art brought an Indy car to a MBTB. Show at mustangs by the Bay car show in SD. Made his show in Bako then later at the fairgrounds. Was truly a great friend, more than we’ll know RIP. Art.

  18. Lori Higgins
    February 1, 2020 2:22 pm

    So sorry for your loss, such a kind and generous person. He will definitely be missed.

  19. Sherrie Lewis
    February 1, 2020 5:07 pm

    Dear Pam, May you be blessed with peace and comfort.

  20. Eugene (Carlock) Shaffer (Aet's brother in spirit)
    February 2, 2020 2:41 pm

    Pam Debra, Tamra and Brandy
    I know your pain because I always thought of Art as my brother. With you I morn his loss, I was planning to visit you all this summer. It was to be my first trip East of the Rockies and our first time to sit and tell lies about our good times as young folks. I think the last time I saw Art was at the Highway 99 Cruise N show in 09 when I was his unofficial show photographer. I got over 900 shots of which probably 2 or 3 were good. Pam, I would like to have the following message on display at Art’s service if you can find an appropriate place for it. I want to come but I don’t know if that will be possible.

    I met Art in 64 when we were just kids. He was a big lovable guy with lots of stories and fun to be around. In those days we were part of the bunch that cruised Chester Ave. like in the American Graffiti movie. Art and I became fast friends going to drag races together and just palling around with our friends. Oh, the stories we shared. A definition of a good friend is one who knows all your stories, Art probably has hundreds of those. A best friend is one who has lived them with you. That was Art an me.
    When Art met Pam I couldn’t believe he found a girl that was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside And that she would give him a second look, much less accept him as a suitor. After they were married I watch their love grow through good times and bad. Now after 53 years I have to declare that union as a WINNER! I am going on 49 years with Cheryl and I can not imagine not having her at my side. We still “cuddle” every night to warm our hearts as I am sure Art n Blondie did.


    • Tamra Braase
      February 2, 2020 5:09 pm


      I promise your words will be beautifully displayed at the service. Dad felt the same about you and spoke of the good times you both shared often- as you know he did! If you happen to have a photograph of you both together would you please email it to me?I’d like to put it with your display. My email is– Tamra

  21. Linda Henson
    February 2, 2020 4:20 pm

    My deepest condolences to Pam and the family. So sorry to hear of the loss of Art. He was such a character. I’m sure there will be such a void with without him.

  22. Elinor Sparks
    February 3, 2020 10:22 pm

    Pam my heart goes out to you and your family 😢 I’m sorry you lost your sole mate. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Elinor Sparks

  23. Jackie Mongold Simpson
    February 4, 2020 1:51 am

    Pam 🙏 So Sorry for the loss of your Soul-Mate 😥 Condolences to you and your Family.

    The lord giveth and the lord taketh away.
    Back in the day the lord giveth a wonderful union 0f love between you and Art 😇 now he will be your guardian angel. May he Rest in Peace .

  24. Michelle Garland
    February 4, 2020 12:50 pm

    Pam and family, I’m so terribly sad to hear this news. My condolences to you all. Art was such a lover of life and people in general. When he got an idea he ran with it with such passion. I remember when the idea of Highway 99 came to him, and how determined he was to make it awesome….and it was. Art was such a special person. I’ll remember his happy spirit always. RIP Art.

  25. Lorrie Fleming / Bob Walker
    February 26, 2020 10:12 pm

    Our Dear Pam & Your Beautiful Family:
    My heart is pounding in disbelief to hear of the passing of our beloved kindred, Art. As Canadians, Art truly instilled a special camaraderie toward (Bob & i) that we behold as everlasting ‘kinfolk’ with your family, linked together by the ribbon of highway 99 that we mutually share along this journey of fellowship. May the memories of special times together travel in perpetuity as we search for comfort in digesting the loss of our dearest Art…
    Pam – We shall hold you forever in our hearts, with Art beaming down to shine a smile upon us to lessen our saddness… Written with teardrops falling ~ love always Lorrie & Bob – Canadian Route 66 Assoc ‘& Highway 99 comrades…

  26. Suzan Andrews
    March 13, 2020 8:41 pm

    Everyone agrees…Art Carlock was an amazing man and a truly great friend. He was the kind of man who made you feel like you were his most valued friend – something I am positive everyone who knew him felt – it was such a treasured gift to feel like you could boast that Art Carlock was your very good friend.

    You knew when you visited with Art that he would always tell you the truth, help you to see things in a different perspective, and be happy when you had one to offer as well. Art was one of the kindest people I have ever known and had uncommon depth of character. His life experiences made him easy to talk to – no matter who you are or your story – how important or every day a person – all were treated with the utmost respect.

    Even animals made a point of showing us all how amazing he was and how one with nature he could be. Deer walking out of the woods to greet him, wild birds coming close enough to touch, and every domestic animal claiming his attention, as well. He and Pam share that gift! Animals love them. I can still hear Art telling me about Pam’s bird hollering for her when she came home. “mama”…”Mama”…”MAMA!!!”

    I will really miss hearing Art’s stories. They were so beautifully told…he was a natural storyteller…I ken there was a wee bit of the Celt in that man!

    Always kind. Always positive. Always so happy to be Pam’s husband and Brandi’s and Tamra’s dad…always filling us in on the Grandkids events – celebrating every birth, milestone, and accomplishment thoroughly.

    Please know that your Bakersfield/Three-Way family share in your loss…no one received the news of Art’s passing with a dry eye, and everyone is keeping your family in their thoughts and prayers. We all agree that Art’s leaving this life has made Heaven a richer place. And we all feel like we lost our best friend – Unwavering “Best Friendship” was Art’s gift to us all.

    With love and prayers to you all – Art’s family, “Adopted” family, and all his “Best” friends.

    Suzy (aka Suzan)

  27. Jennie Haberlander
    March 14, 2020 11:11 pm

    Pam, after our conversation this afternoon, I have had so many more memories of Art and my trips thru out California and Nevada. Clarification, Art and I were part of the team of dealer trade drivers for several years for ThreeWay Chevrolet. Always fun listening to Art tell his stories, never felt like work. I am so glad that you have a great support system. Take care and like I said remember he is watching over you.

  28. Dennis Crumpler
    March 23, 2020 10:01 am

    I remember Art very well. He was one of the most down to earth people I know. He also was a good friend, he put up with some of the antics of the school class clown, me.

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