Jack M. Locklear, Jr., 80 of Fort Payne, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 28th at home in Fort Payne after an extended illness. He was a liver transplant recipient in 1996.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. on Wednesday from Burt Chapel in Fort Payne with the Rev. Denny Mashburn officiating. Burial to follow in Glenwood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Burt Chapel.
Longtime resident and businessman in Fort Payne, Jack attended DeKalb County High School in 1950, earning a football scholarship to Auburn University where he played on Shug Jordan’s first football team in 1951.
While at Auburn, “Black Jack” or “Cherokee” as he was nicknamed, played both Center and Linebacker, serving as co-captain his Senior year.
The 1954 Auburn team was the only team that has ever played in the Gator Bowl twice in one season. Jack also played in the Senior Bowl and was an NCAA All American. He was drafted in the 6th round by the Cleveland Browns.
Jack was born in Menlo, Ga in 1932.
Jack returned to Fort Payne in 1963 to open longtime family restaurant, Jack’s Charco-Broiled Hamburgers, inventing and serving the now famous Bananza Burger.
Other restaurants and businesses in Fort Payne included: The Ole Rail, The Little Red Barn, Canyon Land Restaurant, J J’s Food Shoppe, DeSoto Supper Club and Papa Jack’s BBQ.
In 1998, Jack was inducted into the DeKalb County Sports Hall of Fame, and has proudly served on the DeKalb-Cherokee Gas Company Board for the last several years.
Jack is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Joanne Powell Locklear of Birmingham; Son, Mike Locklear (Veronica) of Clearwater, Fla.; daughters, Lynn Brewer (Steve) of Fort Payne; Leigh Sizemore (Rusty) of Clearwater, KS; Grandchildren, John Michael Locklear (Meredith) of Auburn; Brittany Watts King (Will) of Clarksville, Tenn., Jonathan Watts (Jacey) of Fort Payne, JoBeth Locklear of Los Angeles, Ca., Luke Sizemore of Memphis, Tenn., Jake Sizemore of Clearwater, KS; Jacklyn Locklear of Clearwater, Fla., Nate Sizemore of Clearwater, KS. and Ivy Sizemore of Clearwater, KS.; Great-Granddaughter, Bella Kate King of Clarksville, Tenn.; Numerous loving nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews; Siblings: Brothers, DE Locklear (Judy) of Heflin, Ala.; Roland Locklear (Doris) of Fort Payne; Terry Locklear (Regina) of Fort Payne and sister, Jerri Locklear Harris (“Buddy”/Ralph.)
He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Price Locklear; father, Jack M. Locklear, Sr. and sisters, Betty Sue Locklear and Bobbi Locklear Carter (Arland.)
Pallbearers: John Michael Locklear, Jake Sizemore, Will King, David Locklear, Heath Locklear, Gary Carter, Carl Kilgore, Randy Galloway Ivan Collins and Mike Shirey.
Honorary Pallbearers are Jonathan Watts, Luke Sizemore, Nate Sizemore and Jackie Richey.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to an Auburn University Scholarship in the honor of Jack Locklear to be given to Regions Bank. Please contact Scott Bateman.
The family would like to say a special thanks to Dr. Neil Christopher and staff, Dr. Bob Theakston and the staff at Northside Medical and the staff at DeKalb Regional Medical Center and especially all the Dr’s and staff at UAB and Kirkland Clinic for taking such wonderful care of Jack over the years.
Burt Funeral Home in charge of arrangments, www.burtfuneralhomes.com.