Dr. Braswell Locker entered into Glory with his Lord early Saturday morning, Oct. 25, 2008. Born, Nov. 16, 1914, to Dr. Harry Loy Locker and Altha Eckert Locker in Winchell, Texas, he was delivered by his father because there were no telephones and his uncle, Dr. S.B. Locker didn’t make it in time. He lived in Winchell with his parents and brother, Dr. Lewis Locker until World War I was over. His father was a medical officer at Kelly Field.
The family moved to Brownwood, Texas, about 1918, where Braswell attended public school graduating in 1931. He was vitally involved in education throughout his life, attending Daniel Baker College for two years, and graduating from the University of Texas in 1935, and The Medical Branch of the University of Texas at Galveston in 1940. He was a member of Phi Chi Medical Fraternity. In his senior year, he was awarded the Phi Chi “Doodle Bug Award” honoring him as outstanding member.
It was in June of 1940 that he went to Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio where he met his God chosen life love, Billie Sigler, who was attending the Santa Rosa Hospital School of Nursing. When Pearl Harbor was struck on Dec. 7, 1941, both signed up for service in the U.S. Army Air Corps and Army Nurse Corps. Billie left on a troop train for Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Braswell was delayed until his year of residency at Santa Rosa was completed. March 14, 1942, the two were married at Fort Huachuca, when Billie was demoted from 2nd Lt. to K.P.
Dr. and Mrs. Locker have four children, Braswell (Brad) Locker Jr., Dan L. Locker, Jenifer Locker Zipp and David Sigler Locker.
There was never a question of “do we go to church? Do we go to school? Or do we go to college?” It was taken for granted.
Dr. Locker loved his Lord, his family, his church, and his country in that order. He wore many hats in his public life. After World War II, where he served as Flight Surgeon with the Troop Carrier group, he studied specializing in eye, ear, nose and throat. In July 1946, he returned to Brownwood to begin his medical practice. He was the first doctor in Brownwood to move his office away from downtown to his building at 15051 11th Street where he served his people until 1976.
During this time he served his Lord in Coggin Avenue Baptist Church in various areas, as trustee, deacon, and department leader. For seven years he served at Woodland Heights Baptist Church after their building burned, but in the 1960s, he returned to his home church, which he had attended since he was 4 years old.
He was an early member and past president of the American Red Angus Association and charter member and president of the American Red Brangus Association, who enjoyed ranching for relaxation. His daughter once asked, after wondering what a fellow church member who wore cowboy boots and western hat what the man did. She was told “he’s a rancher.” So she then asked “but what does he do for a living?”
In his professional career he was active in medical politics and like his father kept hoping to keep the practice of medicine out of government control. He filled many responsible places from president of the local Tri-County Medical Society, various committees of the Texas Medical Association, as well as president of the Texas Medical Association in 1972-73, and delegate for 18 years representing Texas Medical Association to the American Medical Association. He loved his patients and treated each one as though they were the only one that day. It bothered him that medical schools were failing to teach their students the art of medical practices.
The month of July was always family month, which he took off to connect with his family. They travelled the U.S. in RV trailers exposing the children to the wonders of our country and giving him time to be with them.
Civically, he first served on the Woodland Heights County Elementary school board, and later spending several years on the Brownwood Public School Board. He served on the Board of Howard Payne University and Daniel Baker College and was recognized as Outstanding Alumni of Daniel Baker College. He was active with Boy Scouts, finally receiving his Eagle Scout award along with his son, Dan. For many years he spent a week at Glorieta Baptist Assembly near Santa Fe, N.M., during college student week, serving as doctor along with another volunteer.
Though not a hunter himself he took his boys hunting and fishing. He loved horses and his favorite was Duchess.
In later life he and Billie travelled extensively. They also moved back to his beginning, near Winchell on the Colorado River. There he found a new friend, Toby Locker, a Jack Russell/Rat Terrier cross, who was his close companion the rest of his life.
He will be missed and is survived by all of his loving family: his wife of 66 years, Billie Locker; daughter, Jenifer and her husband Buddy Zipp; sons, Braswell Locker Jr. and wife Ginger, Dan L. Locker and his wife Cynthia, David S. Locker and his wife Kathy; grandchildren, Ty Locker, Tim Locker and wife Julie, sons Nate, and Chance, Chad Locker, his wife Meredith, daughter Ella Grace, Susanna Locker Williams and husband Richard; Valerie Locker Parks and husband Tom, children Fayth, Daniel, and Joye, Rachael Locker; Ryan Locker and wife Mandy, son Jackson; Paul Zipp and wife Michele and children Isaiah, Trinity, Abigail, and Samuel Braswell Zipp; Peter Zipp and wife Johanna, and children Bryan, Benjamen, and Jacob Braswell Zipp; Hannah Zipp; Robert Braswell Locker and wife Megan; Nephew Lewis Locker Jr. and wife Gail, son Jason and granddaughter Hayley; sister-in-law Margille Stroud; nieces Diane Kemp, Sandra Skipper, and nephew Clifton Warrick, and wife Ethel and Scotty Stroud.
He was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law, Scott and Inez Sigler; brother Lewis Locker and wife Alverta; brother-in-law Scotty and Mary Sigler; brother-in-law John Stroud; and grandson Thomas Brett Locker.