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.