Benny L. Lockett was born and reared in (Northeast) Linden Texas. He graduated from Fairview High School in 1957. Lockett received his Bachelor’s Degree from Prairie View A&M University in 1961 and his Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1972. He engaged in further study on his Doctorate Degree at the University of Houston.
In October 1961, Lockett was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army. He worked in the Army as a professional solider for 28 years. Lockett served overseas in Korea, Germany, and the Republic of Vietnam. He has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Lockett retired from the U. S. Army Reserves in 1989 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
After departing from active duty with the military, Lockett worked as a Manufacturing Engineer with Texas Instruments, Inc., in Richardson, Texas. He left this job to return to Prairie View A&M University.
Mr. Lockett worked at Prairie View A&M University for 28 years. He has written and co-authored several publications. Lockett retired from Prairie View A&M University as Associate Administrator of the Cooperative Extension Program in 1998. After retirement, he was awarded “Emeritus Status” by the Texas A&M University System. Lockett served as a board of director on four non-profit organizations: The H. S. Estelle 4-H & Youth Camp, Prairie View A&M University, Landowners Association of Texas, Hoover Carden Scholarship Fund, and the Fairview Junior-Senior High School Reunion Corporation.
He also serves on the Board of Directors National Alumni Association of the Prairie View A&M University and is a member of the Chancellor’s Century Council of Texas A&M University System.
Lockett resides in Houston, Texas. He is a proud member of the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. Lockett has two children: a daughter Cheryl, who resides in Austin, a son Benny II, who resides in Dallas, grandson Zachary and special friend M.J. Sneed.