Mr. Theron Royce "T.R." Locke

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Mr. Theron Royce "T.R." Locke, a lifelong resident of Forsyth County, passed away Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, after an extended illness. T.R. was born in Forsyth County to Telford Robert Locke and Cleo Bennett Locke on March 15, 1929.
Mr. Locke lived a very full and rich life while on earth with us. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a Mason, Scottish Rite and Shriner. When able, and not so able, he worked diligently for the crippled and burned children. His longtime friend, Judge Charles Wolford, was his mentor during these years and a great inspiration.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Evelyn Bridges.
Mr. Locke is survived by his wife of 30 years, Raye Borders Locke; his former wife and good friend, Mary Helen Locke; seven children and their spouses, Judy Webster (Bev), Deloris Locke, Iantha Jackson (Eddie), Penny Locke, Pam Locke, Denise Martin (David), Donna McKerrow (Rob); sister and brothers-in-law, Christine and Jim Beatty, Charles Bridges; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Special thanks and love to John A. Crunkleton, brother-in-law as well as friend, for all his help during the last five years. Special thanks to a very dear longtime friend, Sam Coley, who never failed to call and offer cheer and encouragement on a daily basis. Special thanks to his granddaughter, Emily and husband Brad who made a lot of trips back and forth to dialysis with PaPa. Special thanks to Ms. Jean Davis, who spent many hours with PaPa while in the nursing home, and many thanks to the team at Southern Regional who gave our family compassion and support during our time of need.
We may miss T.R. terribly here on earth, but he couldn't wait to walk through the Eastern Gates. He will be missed by his little angel, Maddie Raye Martin, of whom he said, "God used to pick her up at night and bring her back the next day." We can all know that Mr. Locke is now at peace.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, at 3 p.m. in the Ingram Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tolbert Moore and Audrey McAleer officiating. Interment will follow in Green Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday, Sept. 18, from 6-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in honor of Pamela J. Locke to the National Foundation for Transplants, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119 or made online at www.transplants.org.
Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in ForsythNews.com from Sept. 18 to Sept. 21, 2009