Lloyd B. Locker
March 4, 1930 - December 18, 2013
Surrounded by his family, Lloyd passed peacefully into heaven on December 18. He was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma on March 4, 1930. His family moved to California in the mid-1940s. Upon graduating from Fremont High School in Oakland, California he enlisted in the Army in 1948. He served in the Korean War.
He met Vernita Patterson after he returned from his tour of duty and it was love at first look. They married six weeks later on July 4 in San Francisco. They have been married for 61 years.
Lloyd worked for 60 years at Williams Automotive in Modesto located on the corner of 11th and G Street.
He went forward to receive Christ on December 30, 1973 at First Baptist Church where he was a member from 1974-1997. He proudly served as a usher and taught Bible Studies.
Lloyd loved the out-of-doors especially the mountains. He loved to fish, camp, cut wood, backpack, and to build things including a house. He loved to bowl and play poker. Lloyd loved mystery novels, reading his Bible, 49er football, and animals (especially dogs). He also loved helping others.
He is survived by his wife Vernita Locker, daughters Denise Locker, and Debbie Locker-Gibson and her husband Bill, brother and sister-in-law Roy and Sandra Austin, niece Martha Threadgill, nephews Roy Austin Jr. and Gary Patterson, and great-granddaughter Nichole Gibson.
Service times: Monday, December 23 at 1:00 pm at Salas Brothers in Modesto and 2:30 pm graveside at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson. In-lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Modesto Gospel Mission.
Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel Inc
419 Scenic Dr Modesto, CA 95350
Published in the Modesto Bee from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2013