Mr. Eugene Locke, age 92 of Fayette, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Northwest Medical Center in Winfield.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 11-A.M. from Nelson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Pilgrim Rest Cemetery. Greg Webb will officiate. The family will receive friends from 10-11 A.M. at Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 11-A.M. from Nelson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Pilgrim Rest Cemetery. Greg Webb will officiate.
Survivors include his children: Steve (Judy) Locke of Bankston, David Lock of Fayette, Chris (Shirley) Locke of Fayette, Linda Madison and Nicole Newman, both of Winfield, grandson whom they raised: Tolbert Locke of Fayette, sisters: Mildred Griffen of Oakman, Mary (Norland) Brand of Berry, Betty (Wyman) Frost of Berry, Martha (George) Simpson of Fayette, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife: Aline Sanford Locke, son: Monroe Locke, son-n-law: Eddie Madison, grandchildren: Benjamin Madison, Jennifer Madison, Alicia Locke, and special Friend: Yvonne Smith.
Pallbearers will be grandsons.
Gene Locke was born the eldest of 13 children and raised in the old timey Pentacostal faith of tent revivals and brush arbor meetings. His mother was a Godly woman of true faith and prayers whose prayers are still felt today by her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He preferred to be called Gene or Gene Boy – boy referring to his birth certificate stating Boy Locke until they decided on a name. He was also known by his CB handle, Pilot Light. This name came from his many years working in the propane business. He loved talking on the CB in younger years and served as vice president of the CB club for several years.
The Locke family was well known for their musical talent. Gene grew up loving music and learned to play the guitar with his brothers and uncles. He had his on musical group called the “The Rythem Cats”. He met his wife, Aline, while playing at the old Roxie Theater in Fayette. They shared 51 years together until her death.
Gene joined the Navy during the Korean War and sailed to many countries. After the Navy, he worked at different occupations: Perry’s Pride, service stations, mechanic, Tuscaloosa News carrier, Dowdle Gas, and ending with Empire Gas where he was office manager until his retirement. He also served as president of the American Legion. After retirement, he worked as a security guard at Arvin and the Health Department. He also worked as an auxillary police deputy.
Gene was well know and well loved by all who met him. He will be missed.
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