1943 – 2013

 A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. for longtime Taft resident, J.R. Locke, 69.  Dueward “J.R.” Locke was born in Roswell, New Mexico on December 29, 1943 and  went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on February 21, 2013.  He battled Parkinson's and cancer for two and a half years.  Pastor Ken Noel will officiate the service.  J.R. worked at Hallmart Foods as a produce manager for 20 years.  He then became an insurance agent with his wife for 15 years.  He was a die hard St. Louis Rams fan.  He loved college football, especially the USC Trojans.  J.R. enjoyed going to Las Vegas and spending time with his family at the beach.  His survivors include his wife, Darlene; his children, Daneen and T.J. Bamford, Derek and Apple Locke and Bethany and Jordan Reed; his nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; his brothers, Bill and Gene Locke; and by his sisters, Shirley Hemme and Betty Crow.  Friends may pay their respects on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.  To convey condolences or sign on online registry, please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com