Roland Sims Brockman, Sr.

September 17, 1934 - January 27, 2022

Roland Sims Brockman, Sr., 87, of Beaumont, died Thursday, January 27, 2022. He was born on September 17, 1934, to Katherine May Tucker Brockman and Richard Sims Brockman, in Lynchburg, Virginia. Roland, known by many as “Plunk”, was no stranger to hard work as he was raised on his family’s tobacco farm in Amherst, Virginia, carrying pails of water to the fields at the young age of 6. Upon graduation from high school, he left the farm to begin a career at the Newport News Virginia Shipyards. His career included working on the first atomic power plant in the Carolinas and the power plant at the Glen Canyon Dam. He was a member of the Local 195 Union for 50 years. Roland was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, loved to travel and go to the gym. He also enjoyed many hours on the porch swing with his beloved wife. Roland was lovingly called “Granpa” and “Apaw” by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom he adored with all of his heart.

Survivors include his wife, Billye Gayle Brockman; son, James Richard “Rick” Brockman and his wife, Rita, of Lumberton; daughter, Barbara Gayle Wages of Montgomery, Alabama; son, Mitch Barrow of Newton; daughter, Kyle Ann Michalsky and her husband, Larry, of Crosby; and son, Rhett Barrow and Brenda of Newton; grandchildren, Amanda Heinen and her husband, Shane; Michael James Brockman; Trey Barrow; Rhett Tyler Barrow and Monica; and Brian Guthrie “BooBoo”; and great-grandchildren, Jordyn Heinen, Bailey Jo Heinen, and Braxton Barrow; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Ruby Carouthers.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Roland Sims Brockman, Jr.; and brothers, Edward “Buck” Brockman and Alvin Brockman.

A gathering of Mr. Brockman’s family and friends will be from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 30, 2022, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His graveside service will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Village Mills Cemetery, Village Mills Cemetery Road, Village Mills.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 700 North Street, Suite M, Beaumont, Texas 77701.

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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • January 30, 2022
  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Graveside Service

Village Mills Cemetery
  • , , Village Mills, TX, 77663,
  • January 30, 2022
  • 3:30 pm

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