Ezekiel “JR.” Brotherton, age 80, of Lockney passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021 in Amarillo.
A graveside service was held at 1 p.m., Monday, January 11, 2021 at the Lockney Cemetery.
Visitation was held prior to the service from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Monday, January 11, 2021 at Moore-Rose Funeral Home in Lockney.
Arrangements were under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home of Lockney.
JR was born on May 5, 1940 to Ezekiel Brotherton, Sr. and Lena (Baxter) Brotherton in Merit, Texas.
He attended school at Lockney ISD, graduating with the Class of 1958. Then for a couple of years he worked for the City of Lockney, before being inducted into the United States Army in 1964 and serving our country until his discharge in 1972.
After returning to Lockney, he worked for the City of Lockney again for several years before moving on to work at Paymaster Seed in Aiken and later for Cargill for over 40 years. After retiring from Cargill, JR. still wanted to serve his community and did so by becoming a jailer and working in both Floyd and Hale counties and serving as a City Councilman for the City of Lockney for numerous years.
When JR. did finally retire from work, he found time to enjoy some of his hobbies which included playing dominos and travelling. JR.’s greatest joy came from grilling steaks and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He loved sharing colorful stories from his life experiences and could really spin an entertaining tale. His family truly loved hearing about all the memorable moments over his lifetime.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Theta (Willis) Brotherton; his wife, Gene Sutton Brotherton and a brother, Rayland Brotherton.
Those left to cherish JR.’s memory are his wife, Meryl Riley-Brotherton; his daughter, Rhonda Dane and husband, Troy of Montana; his son, Ricky Brotherton and wife, Robin of Sunray and his daughter, Renee Armstrong and husband, Robert of Lockney; his grandchildren, Jennifer Dane, Tyler Dane and wife, Chelsea, Spencer Dane, Rebecca Brotherton, Ethan Brotherton, Nolan Armstrong and wife, Valerie, Joshua Armstrong, Kacee Phipps and husband, Rob; great-granddaughters, Brooklyn Armstrong and Rylee Phipps; and his sister, Cathey Moseley and husband, Wayne of Odessa.
Memorial donations in JR.’s memory may be made to the Plainview Stars Special Olympics Team, c/o Jackie Ball, 913 Jefferson Street, Plainview, Texas 79072 or the Lockney Volunteer Fire Department in Lockney, Texas.
Online condolences may be made at www.moore-rose.com.