Nov. 17, 1928 – May 8, 2014

Eldora A. Locke, a retired Buffalo teacher, died Thursday at HighPointe on Michigan skilled nursing facility after a long illness. She was 85.

She was born Eldora Johnson in Laurens County, S.C., and in 1936 moved with her family to Greenville County, S.C., where she attended local public schools.

Mrs. Locke graduated from Fountain Inn High School in 1946 and then went to Benedict College, where she earned a degree in elementary education in 1950.

Five years later, she moved to Buffalo and took some graduate courses at Buffalo State College.

She started her teaching career in 1959 as a substitute. She then became a full-time teacher at School 53.

From 1967 until 1983, she taught at School 27, then at Southside Elementary School from 1984 until her retirement in 1991.

Mrs. Locke had been a member of Faith Baptist Church since 1956, where she was on the improvement committee.

She also was involved in the Baptist Training Union, taught vacation Bible class, noontime Bible class and Sunday school.

She held positions on the deaconess ministry and the missions committee.

Mrs. Locke was a life member of the Eastern Star.

Her husband of 50 years, Talmadge E., died in 2003.

She is survived by two sons, Stanley Elliot and Marcus Phillip; a daughter, Dorcas Elena Allen; a brother, Erskin Sam Johnson; and five sisters, Eldon Thomas, Pearlie Mae Gray, Helen Bruce Goodjoin, Brenda Downs and Laura Young.

Services will be at noon Wednesday in Faith Baptist Church, 626 Humboldt Parkway.