Mrs. Joanne Powell Locklear

September 9, 1932 – November 4, 2020

Joanne Powell Locklear, age 88 of Fort Payne, Alabama peacefully passed away on November 4, 2020 at her home.

Joanne was born September 9, 1932 in Birmingham, Alabama to William Dewey ‘WD” Powell and Evelyn McElroy Powell. Joanne grew up in Birmingham and graduated from Phillips High School in 1950. After high school she attended Auburn University (API) and graduated with a Home Economic Degree. Later she received  her Master of Education from Jacksonville State University.

At Auburn, she was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority where she served as President her Senior year. It was also there that she found the love of her life, Jack Monroe Locklear.

Joanne taught in various Alabama school systems including Tallassee, Mobile, Scottsboro while Jack coached and taught.

Jack’s Charco-broiled Hamburgers is what moved the family to Fort Payne in 1963 and the legend of the Bonanza Burger began. This would be their home for the rest of Jack and Joanne’s lives.

Joanne taught for 25 years in the Fort Payne City School System at Williams Avenue School. She taught 5th grade and Title I. She loved investing in her students and often helped them beyond school hours.

She attended First Baptist Church Fort Payne for over 50 years. She served in various ministries including Vacation Bible School, youth, GA’s, mission trips, Golden Circle and numerous Bible Studies. Joanne also was active as a Boy Scout troop leader and, a charter and lifetime member of Fort Payne Culture Club. She and her daughter owned a business in Fort Payne, Special Effects for several years.

Joanne treasured spending time with her family, her church family, Auburn football, traveling, shopping, reading, and had quite a sweet tooth.

She was known as “Gran” to most and was the epitome of a Southern Belle. She was known for her bright beautiful smile and her sweet demeanor.

Preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Jack Monroe Locklear, and her parents William Dewey Powell and Evelyn McElroy Powell.

Joanne is survived by her children: Mike Locklear (Veronica), Lynn Locklear Brewer (Steve), and Leigh Locklear Sizemore (Rusty). Grandchildren: John Locklear (Meredith), Jo Beth Locklear, Jacklyn Locklear, Jonathan Watts (Jacey), Brittany Watts King (Will), Luke Sizemore, Jake Sizemore, Nate Sizemore, and Ivy Sizemore Ray (Josiah). Great-Grandchildren: Bella King, Carolina Locklear, and Josie Watts.

Caregivers and Special Friends: Joyce Hall and Toni Brewer.

And by everyone who called her “Gran”.

Pallbearers: Jake Sizemore, Jonathan Watts, John Locklear, Will King, David McElroy, Jamie Brewer, Randy Galloway, and Butch Gregg.

The Family is accepting flowers as well as memorial donations to the Locklear Scholarship Fund. Donations should be mailed to: Locklear Scholarship Fund c/o Edward Jones Investments, 616 Gault Avenue North, Fort Payne, AL 35967.

The Family asks that people attending please follow CDC and state guidelines for COVID-19.




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Date of Funeral: Saturday, November 14, 2020

Funeral Location: First Baptist Church in Fort Payne, Alabama

Funeral Time: 11:00 AM

Officiating: Dr. Pat McFadden & Butch Gregg


Date of Burial: Saturday, November 14, 2020
Burial Location: Glenwood Cemetery

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8 entries.
Marcella Nuckolls from Fort Payne wrote on November 11, 2020 at 5:08 pm:
Lovely person inside and out
Lenore and Rick Dillard from Winter Park, Fl wrote on November 11, 2020 at 2:16 pm:
Joanne was a beautiful lady in every way. We offer our deepest sympathy to all the family. Now we praise God that He is holding her in His arms.
Sarah Chastain from Valley Head wrote on November 11, 2020 at 5:35 am:
I was in Sunday School and Culture Club with her. She was a treasured friend.
Janice Pearsall from Gainesville wrote on November 11, 2020 at 2:54 am:
I remember having her for
My fifth grade teacher. I loved her. She was so kind and caring. She was my favorite teacher. Much love to you all.
Sherri Carter from Brentwood TN wrote on November 11, 2020 at 2:52 am:
To my sweet loving and angelic Aunt Joanne I love to you to the moon and back and you always made me feel so very special ❤️
Debbie Beyer from Ray mi wrote on November 10, 2020 at 1:27 pm:
My sincere sympathies... such a lovely and blessed life!
James/Teresa Burkhart from Leesburg, Alabama wrote on November 10, 2020 at 4:22 am:
Your mom was a special lady and I know all of you are proud of her. Sorry we won't be able to visit or attend, but you'll understand. Our prayers are with you
Ivy Ray from Hillsboro wrote on November 10, 2020 at 3:44 am:
My sweet Gran,

Thank you for threatening to spank me at Mizer’s, for putting up with my shopping tantrums, enjoying sweet foods with me, teaching my mom who then taught me how to garden, and never waiving your unconditional love for our family. I’ve always felt lucky to be the granddaughter to a beautiful and graceful matriarch. I will miss your sweet pats on my leg, the look you make when you or I say something ridiculous, and your amazing food. Thank you for showing me what it’s like to keep it together in this crazy life.

I love you and I miss you -

Mrs. Joanne Powell Locklear2020-11-11T16:55:30+00:00