Lochridge grew up helping on a row crop and cattle farm until he graduated from high school and college. He is a 1964 graduate of Sulligent High School in Sulligent, Alabama and a 1968 graduate from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Engineering and Business.
He has worked in the peanut shelling business since 1969. Serving as Plant Manager, Area Manager and Sales Manager at different times for Golden Kist Peanuts. He then went to work as Vice President of Sales for Golden Peanut Company, serving two years in Argentina, before leaving to work for Birdsong Peanuts in 1995 as their Southwest Operations Manager.
He has lived in Brownfield for eight years and plans to continue living here after retirement. His family includes wife Nawana, one daughter Laurie Hairston of Marietta Georgia, husband Peter, and two grandchildren- John and Allie, and one “elected daughter” Miho Komatsu Chu, husband Ken Chu and children Masaya & Meisa Chu of Lubbock. He is a member of First United Methodist Church in Brownfield.
His hobbies include hunting and fishing, spending time with family, and seeing after his timber land in Mississippi and Alabama.
He replaces Rickey Dunn, whose term had expired. “Ricky has served the city of Brownfield faithfully for six years,” said Jay Youngblood, BIDCorp’s Chairman. “His contributions while on the BIDCorp board have helped immensely with the recent successes BIDCorp has experienced. We will miss his expertise and input.”
“But we are very pleased that John agreed to serve on the board,” said Youngblood. “He brings a wealth of talent to the board with all of his business experience. We all look forward to working with him.”