Lauren Locke (2-13-17) service 2-16-17

Lauren Adelbert Locke, age 90, of Savannah, passed away on Monday, Feb. 13.
He was born in Tishomingo County, Mississippi, to the late Virgie Cresap Locke and Elmer Locke on June 10, 1926.
Lauren was married to Frances Neill on Aug. 11, 1945, and they enjoyed 70 years minus 10 days together. He was so thankful for his wonderful wife. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances on Aug. 1, 2015, and their only child, Judy, an invalid, who passed away on Aug. 2, 2012, at age 63.
In addition to his wife and daughter, he was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Ruth Locke Hosey of Savannah; and one brother, Wilmer “Curly” Locke of Tishomingo County, Mississippi.
He is survived by two sisters, Marie Lynch of Tishomingo County, Mississippi, and Lucy Welch of Bartlett, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.
Lauren attended Union University, Jackson State, and graduated from Bethel College in 1969 with a BS degree. He taught school in Hardin County for 26 years. He was ordained to the gospel ministry on Nov. 21, 1952, at Turkey Creek Baptist Church. He served as pastor for 41 years at various churches including: Pyburn Union, Good Hope, Hopewell, Sharon, New Harmony, Olive Hill, Upper Green River and Mt. Ararat in Tennessee and New Salem and Yellow Creek Baptist Church, formerly North Crossroads in Tishomingo County, Mississippi. For another 15 years he served as supply and interim pastor at churches in the nearby area. He also served as treasurer for Shiloh Baptist Association, previously McNairy Association and as clerk in Henderson County.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to Southside Baptist Church, 615 Florence Road, Savannah, Tenn. 38372, for the Missions Offering or to the Gideons.
Services were held on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m., at Southside Baptist Church in Savannah with Benny Taylor officiating. Burial followed in Neill Cemetery at Savannah.

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