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Andrew Locke Jr. was born August 6, 1938 in Fordyce, Arkansas to Andrew Locke Sr. and Margaret Locke. He attended Dallas County Training School during his elementary school years. In August 1955 he moved with his family to Portland, Oregon where he attended Benson High School and played on the football team.
As a young man he loved sports and you could always find him playing football, basketball, baseball, softball or wrestling with the fellows. He had an amazing work ethic with his first job being a caddy. After high school he worked as an assistant to Uncle Simmie Parr at the Greyhound Bus Station.
Andrew was a clean cut and handsome young man. He went to work every day in slacks, freshly ironed shirts and shoes with a spit shine to assist his customers. Andrew also worked for Union Pacific Railroad, Barker’s Manufacturing Co., Chase Bag Co. and Doris’ Café until his retirement in 2003.
Andrew was a quiet, kind, caring and giving person, always willing to help when he could. He loved to hangout and party with his friends. If you knew him, you knew his drink of choice was wine that he absolutely loved.
A year or more ago he began to acknowledge and have a relationship with God. T.D. Jakes was his TV pastor that he watched faithfully each day. Whenever one of his brothers or sisters would ask him how he was doing he would say “I am blessed, thank the Lord for another day”. He often asked his brother Al to sing his favorite song, I Could Have Made It by Marvin Sapp and Al would sing it and he listened and enjoyed it.
One of his first and favorite cars was a 1949 metallic blue Chevy with big moon eyes on the front fenders and it was a beauty. He would take his younger brothers and sisters for rides and they loved it. Andrew also had a 1949 fire engine red Chevy; 1955 Chevy 83 and he was also fond of his 1959 Buick. His favorite foods were fried fish, dressing and Kentucky Fried Chicken. One of his favorite movies was the Ten Commandments, his favorite saying was “Tell the truth and shame the devil”.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, two brothers and two nephews. He leaves to mourn his passing his son, Gary Lee Webber-Locke, Portland OR., brothers, Al Lawson and Johnny Lawson Jr. both of Portland OR., sisters; Junie Lawson, Evelyn Mason both of Portland OR., Annie Lee of Lexington Kentucky, Charlotte Reese of Bastrop, Louisiana and Faye Lawson-Swain of Sterling Heights, Michigan, a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, great great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Andrew Locke Jr., pops, Locke jaw, unck, Locke, Andy Pardy, forty-four, and uncle Locke but we will remember you with love, laughter smiles and sometimes tears. We are truly thankful that God allowed you tom to spend some time with us.