Deborah Anderson Locke passed away on Oct. 2, 2020, after a brief illness. She was born on March 10, 1951, to R. Glen and Annie Lee Ellis Anderson of Wilkesboro. Debbie spent many happy years growing up in Wilkesboro. She graduated from Wilkes Central High School, attended Appalachian State University and graduated from Winston-Salem State University in 1980.
Debbie was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Bobby Locke; sister, Glenna Billings (Larry) of Winston-Salem; niece, Kimberly Billings Crotts (Brent) of Archdale; brothers-in-law, Bill Locke of Winston-Salem and Mike Locke (Jeanette); niece, Deborah of Tryon; uncle, John Ellis of Jonesville; and many beloved cousins and friends.
Debbie worked for several years as a secretary at the N.C. Department of Transportation in Winston-Salem. In 1977, she met her future husband, Bobby Locke, at Rittenhouse Square in Winston-Salem. They were married in 1982, and she joined her husband in a life of adventure, partnering with him in the Casablanca Club and many entertainment projects that included live music, karaoke, CatTV6 and a social program with Experiment in Self Reliance called Service Hotline.
Debbie was kind and selfless and social work was a passion. She delivered Meals on Wheels with her sister for several years. Her tender heart failed her on Oct. 2 and she is now doing social work for God.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held on Oct. 18, 2020. A larger celebration of life will take place later. The family thanks the loving friends, neighbors and family members for their love and support. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Experiment in Self Reliance, 3480 Dominion St., Winston-Salem, N.C., 27105, or to Senior Services Inc., 2895 Shorefair Dr., Winston-Salem, N.C., 27105.