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Benny Nelson Locke

September 15, 1943 — April 27, 2023

Benny Nelson Locke

Mr. Benny ‘Nelson’ Locke, 79, of Sam Tate Road, Elberton, GA, husband of Edna Rebecca “Becky” Tate Locke, passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2023, at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital in Athens, GA.

Nelson was born in Elberton, GA on September 15, 1943, youngest son of the late Grover Cleveland “Pete” Locke and Sara Nell Seymour Locke, and is also preceded in death by his brother, Barry Locke.

He graduated from Elbert County High School with the 1962 class, and attended North Georgia Technical School where he learned the trade of brick masonry. Nelson spent his entire working career in the granite industry having owned Quality Company in Elberton as well as a retail monument company in Orlando, FL.

He married Edna Rebecca Tate in 1990, and after many years spent in Orlando, the couple retired to Becky’s home in the Elbert County, GA community of Fortsonia where they enjoyed many happy years. Nelson enjoyed buying and selling items at various flea markets, but above buying and selling he enjoyed the opportunity to meet new friends and socialize.

He was a lover of classic cars, watching tv, and pampering the many cats that took up residence with Becky and him. Nelson was a member of First United Methodist Church of Elberton, Pulliam-Burton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5456, and Elberton Moose Lodge 1099.

Survivors, in addition to his wife Becky, include his brother, Sidney Locke of Columbia, SC; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

A graveside service celebrating Nelson's life will be held on Saturday, July 15, at 10:00a.m. at Elmhurst Cemetery with the Rev. Tim Adams officiating.

Contributions may be made in Nelson’s memory to the Elbert County Humane Society, PO Box 267, Elberton, GA 30635.

Those wishing may sign the online guestbook at

Berry Funeral Home & Crematory of Elberton is respectfully in charge of arrangements for Mr. Benny ‘Nelson’ Locke.

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