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Howard Estes Locke, 99
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Howard Estes Locke, 99, a Warren County resident and native was born Nov. 24, 1918 and passed away Sept. 23 at Webb House Retirement Center following a brief illness.

He was the owner and operator of Locke’s Five-and-Dime in downtown McMinnville for over 67 years, member of First United Methodist Church and son of the late William W. and Sophia J. Williams Locke Jr. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by first wife Jo Ruth Mullican Locke; granddaughter Margaret Ballance; brothers Morford Locke and Wallace Locke; sister Faye Payne; and brother-in-law Otha Payne.

He was a World War II veteran of the United States Army Air Corps. He was a pilot from 1941 to 1946 and obtained the rank of Captain. Mr. Locke was a member of the 440th Troop Carrier Group serving in England, France, Italy and North Africa. His most memorable moment was dropping paratroopers on D-Day behind enemy lines. He also had numerous other missions dropping paratroopers and supplies. He received the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and seven Bronze Battle Stars.

He helped provide gifts for children at Christmas time for many years. Mr. Locke was a member of the McMinnville Jaycees and other organizations. He was a continuous member of the American Legion and VFW for over 70 years and member and past president of the McMinnville Rotary Club. Mr. Locke was chairman of the McMinnville City Beer Board for many years. He was an avid golfer, still playing well into his 90s, and a loyal sports fan of the Tennessee Vols and Tennessee Titans.

Mr. Locke is survived by wife, Louise Locke of McMinnville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Major Howard E. and Gayle Locke Jr., Ret. of Tampa, Fla., and Bill and Brenda Locke of McMinnville; three grandchildren, Amanda Locke of Nashville, Thomas Locke of Knoxville, and Collin Ballance and wife Camille of Nashville; special niece Susan Burrows; niece and nephews, Betty Turner Lobe, Jim Payne, Everett Brock and wife Sally, Jim Brock and Bill Brock and wife Michelle.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at High’s Chapel with Bob Case and Tommy Vann to officiate. Interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery with military grave rites conducted by VFW Post 5064 and American Legion Post 173. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, and 12 p.m. Thursday until the time of service at High’s. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kids of the Community or Honor Flight of Middle TN. Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Sept. 26, 2018