Dorothy Thompson Locke was born June 11, 1919 in Lamar County, Texas to Ghould Hendon "Guly" Thompson and Isadora Hogue Thompson. She passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of April 2, 2014 at Paris, Lamar County, Texas. She was 94.|
Dorothy's mother died from pneumonia in 1922 when Dorothy was not quite three years old the next to youngest of eight siblings. The younger children were parceled out to other family members for rearing, but the 7 who survived to become adults remained close throughout their lives.
Dorothy was sent to live with her father's half-brother, Silas and his wife Dora Terrell Thompson in Roxton, Texas who had no children of their own. Silas died in 1932 but Dorothy continued to live with Aunt Dora until her marriage to Lemuel Ray Locke Nov. 25, 1950 at the Roxton United Methodist Church.
Lem and Dorothy Locke were married 61 years prior to his death in 2012. They had lived at Sherman, Paris and finally at Allens Chapel, Texas. They were the parents of two well-loved sons, Thomas Ramsey Locke and John Gordon Locke.
We were blessed to have Dorothy in our lives into her 94th year but her longevity was hard fought and well earned. As a young mother, she was stricken with polio. The possibility of losing her early on was often in the forefront of her sons' lives. She faced years of physical therapy to regain the strength in her legs. In April, 2012, only weeks following Lem's death, Dorothy fell and broke her hip and was largely housebound for the remaining years.
A lifelong Methodist, her deep faith and abiding relationship with God sustained her through the trials of her life. Although her physical battles were many, she never lost her winning smile, her amazing wit or her unconditional love of the people in her life. She kept the USPS and the Hallmark Company in business mailing out birthday cards almost daily. Our mailboxes will be a little emptier without her. She will be sorely missed.
She is survived by her son, Thomas Locke and wife Cindy of Georgetown, Texas, her son, Gordon and her "daughter-in-love" Suzie Henderson of Allens Chapel, Texas; her grandchildren: Cate Ramsey Locke Noellert and husband, Bill of Los Altos, Calif.; Collin Thompson Locke and wife, Reagan of The Woodlands, Texas; and Thomas Benold Locke and wife, Gillian of Durham, N.C.; her great grandchildren, Jackson Barnes, Cole MacDougall, Nora Dorothy, and Miles Gordon.
She is also survived by, Rita Reese, who was hired to stay with Dorothy following her broken hip but became Dorothy's friend and a beloved member of our extended family. Dorothy is further survived by her friends and neighbors of the Allens Chapel Community with whom she shared mutual affection.
The family would like to acknowledge the helpfulness and kindness shown by the folks at Jordan Home Health for their caring concern during the last two years of Dorothy's life.
Committal services conducted by Rev. Van Lazaroff and Rev. Rob Spencer will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 5th at the Oakwood Cemetery in Honey Grove, Texas.
She will be interred next to her husband, Lem, and her beloved "Aunt Dora" who raised her. A memorial service will then be held at 11A.M. at the First United Methodist Church of Paris, Texas.
Serving as Pallbearers will be Thomas Seay III, Ed Rupp, John White, Jay Owens, Collin, and Thomas Locke. Named as Honorary Pallbearers are Robert Seay, Gary Wilson and Rev. Bob Bush.
Arrangements are under direction of Cooper-Sorrells Funeral Home, Honey Grove.
For online condolences please go to www.coopersorrells.com.
Published in The Herald Democrat from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2014