The sweet spirit of Jeremy Ross Lockett, 41, left this world Friday, October 20, 2017. A resident of Baton Rouge, Jeremy passed away at home from a probable seizure.
Born June 7, 1976 in Zachary, Louisiana, he was the son of Ronny Lockett and Nancy Lockett. At birth, Jeremy contracted meningitis and developed hydrocephalus, a swelling of the brain resulting in amnestic disorder, which affected his memory, and later Chiari Malformation which caused a structural defect in the cerebellum resulting in muscle weakness and balance problems in addition to a seizure disorder.
Well known among friends and family for his keen sense of humor and dry wit, Jeremy referred to a shunt in his head as a “water slide on my brain” and told his mother, “Hydrocephalus develops character.”
Despite numerous health and memory challenges, Jeremy worked hard and graduated from Zachary High School in 1994 and Nicholls State University in 2000 with a degree in Agribusiness. At Nicholls, he ran Cross Country in the Southland Conference and made lifelong friendships with his Scottish teammates as well as forming many other friendships with those in the international community.
A strong and independent man who did not let his memory issues stop him from seeing the world, Jeremy’s adventures included hiking in the Highlands of Scotland, exploring the Tower of London, cruising the Baltic Sea off the coast of Sweden, eating reindeer in Finland, visiting the Louvre and the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and drinking his beloved dark black coffee (his favorite beverage) in Belgium. He was never happier than camping in the Atchafalya Swamp or sitting by his fireplace.Jeremy enjoyed all kinds of music, especially country and oldies, and knew the words to a song for every occasion.
He was a loving big brother to his sister, Katy Lockett, four years his junior, who passed away in 1998. The two were very close and Katy attended his high school track meets instead of being out with her friends; at her high school graduation she put her salutatorian sash around his neck to pose for a picture together.
He was an active member of First United Methodist Church in downtown Baton Rouge whose loving members embraced him. His faith in God was strong, as was his belief that he would see his sister again.
Jeremy was also a loving son who had a special relationship with his parents, whom he nicknamed “Nez” and “Rez,” after his Scottish Cross Country Teammates nicknamed him “Jez.” He cherished his friends and was the kind of person who would drop everything if someone needed a ride to Urgent Care, was too sick to pick up their own prescriptions, or wanted company for six hours in the Emergency Room.
He treasured his dogs, Isis and Sam, and enjoyed riding around in his big red truck, “Clifford,” which he used to help more than one friend move. Because of his memory disorder, he became lost frequently, but he didn’t let it stop him from doing anything. When he recently helped a friend move to Florida, and and she became upset when they got lost. He told her, “I’ve been lost in Sweden, Scotland, Houston, and New Orleans. You get lost. You keep going.”
Described by friends as dependable, helpful and a kind and gentle soul with a contagious joy, Jeremy lived his life to the fullest and made it count.
.."and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Hebrews 12:1. This was his verse when he ran cross country in high school, and it was Jeremy’s in life.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his aunt and uncle, Earl and Patsy Brown of Denham Springs; aunt Janice Lockett of Magnolia, Arkansas; and cousins Michael and Carolyn Brown of Annapolis Maryland and David and Dawn Brown and their children Patrick and Gretchen of Denham Springs, and best friend Ruth Owensby of Baton Rouge.
Visitation is Thursday, October 26,2017 from 5:00 pm -8:00 pm at Charlet Funeral Home in Zachary. Funeral is Friday, October 27, 2017 11 am at Zachary Community Church. Burial is at Azalea Rest Cemetery in Zachary. Services will be led by the Rev. Susie H. Thomas and the Rev. Charles Bennett.
Pallbearers will be Joe Robinson, Stephen Watson, Michael and David Brown, Buddy Brackin, and William Heirtzler. Honorary pallbearers are Henrik Blixt and Drew Sharkey.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, hug a dog or a have a cup of coffee with a friend on Jeremy’s behalf and make a donation in his name to the charity of your choice.