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James Roland Locklear

Death 17 Jan 2017 (aged 87)
Fort Payne, DeKalb County, Alabama, USA
Burial Fort Payne, DeKalb County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 175485655 · View Source
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On January 17th, 2017, James Roland Locklear left his earthly home to join the Saints in Heaven. Born in 1929 in Fort Payne, AL and growing up in the Great Depression he became the embodiment of the word "entrepeneur".

Roland would live his life founding and operating a long list of successful businesses, which included, Locklear Sausage, Energy Enterprises, Locklear Hoisery and a string of restaurants in and around Gadsden, AL as well as many others.

Most recently Roland, along with his wife of 67 years Doris, owned and operated The Strand in Fort Payne-a restaurant he started in the Strand theatre building where he had worked popping popcorn as a child. Roland was a man that believed in hard work and always enjoyed having a project to do. Whether it was redoing an antique car or mowing the grass, he was always proud of the things he had accomplished.

However the thing he was most proud of was his family. In almost any conversation you had with the man, he would interject a tidbit about what one of his childrem, grandchildren or great-grandchildren had accomplished.

Roland also loved the Lord and was a member of Minvale Baptist Church. Though he will be missed here on earth, if you are believer in Jesus Christ as he was, this seperation is only temporary.

He is survived by:

Wife of 67 years: Doris Burt Locklear

Daughters: Rhona Hood (Karl) & Alecia Vaughn (Anthony)

Son: Heath Locklear (Cari)

Grandchildren: Mandy Anderson (Heath), Matt Hood (Angie) & Colt Locklear

Great-Grandchildren: Ty, Macy & Mara Anderson, Nena & Eli Hood and Sophie Hood

Siblings: Terry Locklear, Deuard Locklear & Jerri Harris

Several Nieces & Nephews

Preceded in death by:

Parents: Jack & Marie Price Locklear

Brother: Jack Locklear Jr.

Sisters: Barbara Locklear Carter & Betty Sue Locklear

Beloved Grandson: Joseph Burt Hood

Pallbearers: Karl Hood, Anthony Vaughn, Heath Anderson, Ty Anderson, Matt Hood, Terry Locklear & David Locklear

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  • Created by: Douglas Walker
  • Added: 18 Jan 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 175485655
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Roland Locklear (18 Dec 1929–17 Jan 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 175485655, citing Glenwood Cemetery, Fort Payne, DeKalb County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Douglas Walker (contributor 47304517) .