Detroit resident and McMinnville native Clarence Edward Locke, 75, died March 21 at his home.
The 10th of 11 children born to Charles Harry and Hattie Mae King Locke, he was born Aug. 20, 1935. He attended and graduated from Bernard High School in McMinnville and later moved to Detroit, Mich., where he worked with the automotive industry at Park Chemical and Heat Bath Company. It was there he raised his family and where he retired after four decades of service.
He loved cooking, fishing, gardening, beautiful flowers, a well-manicured lawn and being with family and friends. He had a good sense of humor, loved to laugh and make many good friends over his lifetime. For many years he had a custom, going to the Eastern Market and Randazzos Fruit Market every Saturday with his brother Jimmy. Together with their families they enjoyed cooking large meals on holidays.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Eldora; children and their spouses, Richard and Debbie Locke, Sheila and George Woodson; stepchildren, Emerson and Luretha Hall and Wanda Martin. He was preceded in death by Clarence “Chuckie” Jr.
He is also survived by grandchildren and their spouses, Eric and Tshenia, George Jr., Katerra, Shelby and Dion, Marques and Cheryl, Aaron, Charese, Emmerson III and Korey; seven great-grandchildren; his devoted brother, James Locke and a host of relatives and friends.
O.H. Pye III Funeral Home of Detroit was in charge of arrangements. Burial was held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.