Knox County Law Director Bill Lockett's 20-year-old son, William "Trent" Lockett III, was killed in an accidental shooting around 7 p.m. Monday.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Dec. 23 from 6-8 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church with the memorial service following. The graveside service will be on Thursday, Dec. 24 at 11 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery.
Knox County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Martha Dooley said the man's 11-year-old brother fired a pistol that Trent Lockett had been showing to him and a 12-year-old neighbor. Lockett had removed the magazine, but was unaware that a round was still in the gun, Dooley said.
Dooley said Bill Lockett and his wife were not home at the time of the shooting. Trent Lockett was at the home babysitting his 11-year-old brother.
Dooley said a semi-automatic pistol was accidentally discharged and killed Trent Lockett.
"After the shooting, they [the 11- and 12-year-olds] ran across the street to the neighbor's house where the neighbor called 911 and we responded." Dooley added, "This is just a tragedy."
"My family and I are grateful to the Lord Jesus Christ who allowed us the privilege of raising Trent for 20 years," Lockett said in a statement on Tuesday. "We know that at a very young age Trent trusted Christ as his Savior. He knew Christ on a daily basis and trusted Him. Our prayer is that all who knew Trent and all who are acquainted with our family will also know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior."
"We want to extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks to family, friends and church family for their love, devotion and prayers for us during this time. Our prayer is that all will come to the peace and joy that Trent now enjoys and that we look forward to someday with him," Lockett said.
Neighbors said Trent Lockett recently enlisted in the military and was set to begin serving shortly after Christmas.
"The family had a party in Trent's honor just about a week ago," said neighbor Darlene Bolding. "I am shocked. I am devastated for them. I am devastated for our community. This is just a sad and tragic accident."
Bolding also praised the 11-year-old Lockett as a boy who is wonderful with the neighborhood children.
"I have five grandsons under the age of eight and he [Bill Lockett's 11-year-old son] always played with them in such an honoring way. From youngest to oldest, he is mindful of all of them," said Bolding. "He is just a precious guy and I hate for their family to have this loss and for him to have to deal with this. He is a great kid."
Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale issued the following statement regarding the shooting:
"Bill is a close personal friend and valued colleague. I spoke with him this evening and expressed to him that my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this time. I hope that all Knox Countians will remember the Locketts during this difficult period."