Charles Edward Locke

September 10, 1933March 5, 2013

Charles Edward Locke 1933 - 2013

Charles Edward Locke, 79, went to be with our Lord on March 5, 2013.

Born September 10th, 1933, into a family of 13 brothers and sisters in Washington County, Florida (near Chipley), Charles spent most of his adult life in Tallahassee with periods in California, Panama City and Woodville. Charles left school after the 7th grade to work with his family in the logging business. There he met and fell in love with the mill owner’s daughter, Louise M. Dingler, his bride of nearly 63 years. During his life he had many successful jobs from tree topper to saw cutting to working as a sheet-metal helper for an air conditioning company. Having an opportunity to apply his talents and strong work ethic, Charles enjoyed the air conditioning trade and applied countless hours to better his knowledge and skills in the industry. In 1967, after several years working for local Tallahassee air conditioning firms, Charles and his wife, opened Charles Locke Heating and Air Conditioning, later changing the firm name to Locke’s, Inc. Like most things he dedicated himself and his energy to be the best in the business by actively becoming involved in community affairs, statewide associations, etc. These endeavors allowed him to receive recognition and appointments from governors, professional associations and national awards from industry manufacturers.

Charles served as past president of the Tallahassee 100 Club, member of the Tallahassee Builders Association, founding member and past president of the local Tallahassee Big Bend Air Conditioning Contractor’s Association, and countless other organizations. His love for his wife was only surpassed by his love for God. Charles dedicated himself to our Lord at an early age and worked tirelessly in God’s ministries. Later in life he and Louise turned the family business over to their children while they served the Lord through Campers on Missions, building churches and ministering to others in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, etc. Missing family and friends, they returned to Tallahassee, again becoming active in the family business. With a failed national economy, Charles and Louise sold the business, after 44 years, hoping to spend the remaining time active in their church, at Fellowship Baptist, on North Monroe Street.

Charles is survived by his wife, Louise Locke; oldest son, Edward Locke (wife Robin), son, Anthony Locke (wife Glenda); youngest daughter, Juanita Jacobs (husband Merrill).

Charles is preceded in death by his middle daughter, Janet Packett whom passed away June 2011.

He is blessed with 7 grandchildren, Kenneth, Heather, Cortny, Nichole, Melissa, Savannah and McKenna. Charles has 5 great-grandchildren, Austin, Emily, Jared, Brayden and Lucas. He is survived by 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Charles is also survived by his loving companion, a small Chihuahua dog he lovingly called “Honey-Girl”.

Funeral service will be held 1:00 pm Friday in Fellowship Baptist Church with interment to follow in MeadowWood Memorial Park. Family will receive friends from 6 – 8 pm Thursday in Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home, 1737 Riggins Road. Charles wish was that memorial contributions be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Fellowship Baptist Church Building Fund to extend God’s work.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 7, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 8, 2013

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Ray Bartell

March 20, 2013

I knew Charley some years ago. We are loosing a lot of good people. (My wife, Cheryl Bartell, also died last month 2/26/13.)
Very sorry for your family loss, but he is in that glorious place, heaven, with Jesus now. Ray Bartell

Darrell & Rhonda Hunter

March 9, 2013

We are so sorry we did not have the opportunity to see more of our Uncle Charles!

Stay close as a family during this time.

March 8, 2013

Sending our deepest sympothy during your time of loss. May God wrap his arms around you and hold you close is our prayer. Rusty and Sherrie Gibbs

Dorine Allen

March 8, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Patty Blocker Core

March 8, 2013

My family sends our deepest sorrows during this time. Since we were neighbors when I young and I seemed to be at your place more than mine, I am glad to have known Mr. Locke and will cherish the precious memories. Love, Patty Blocker Core with Valerie Chason

March 7, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Locke Family.

Jim and Anna Phillips

Jackie Wilson

March 7, 2013

Sorry to hear of your loss.
Charles was a wonderful man...always a smile and a kind word...
I pray that you will find comfort in knowing that he was loved by many and served his industry, his community, his family and his Lord with his love & dedication to each.

Veran and Tonya Vaughn

March 7, 2013

Mrs Locke and family, Very sorry to hear about Mr Locke's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Steve Edwards and family

March 7, 2013

Please accept our sincere condolences.

March 7, 2013

Loved you Brother!
Sid Winchester