CHRISTIANSBURG - Danny Joe Cockrell, 61, of Christiansburg, passed away at 7:38 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, in his residence. Born on March 23, 1952, in Hazard, Ky., Danny was a son of the late Moody and Mae (Childress) Cockrell. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte (Crabtree) Cockrell, whom he married April 29, 1987; six children, Daniel (Angie) Cockrell of Troy, Angela Morris of Tennessee, Anita Picket of Troy; Adam (Crystal) Smith of Urbana, Simon (Cindi) Smith of Dayton, and Maggie Luta of Troy; and nine grandchildren.
Danny was one of 13 children and he is survived by four brothers, Clyde, Howard and Barton of Kentucky and James of Tipp City, and four sisters, Margaret Cruea of Piqua, Gwynna Grigsby of Huber Heights, Geneva White of Dayton, and Joyce Ann of Indiana.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Melvin and Lloyd; and sisters Thelma and Leona.
Danny formerly was a truck driver for Allied Waste in Dayton. He loved the Lord and was a former pastor. He loved going to church and preaching in nursing homes. He was a great father and grandfather and he will be sadly missed by all who loved him.
Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Tuesday, in the Christiansburg United Methodist Church, Christiansburg, with Pastor Dan Felix presiding. Burial will follow in Smith Cemetery. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service in the church beginning at 11 a.m. Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, 216 S. Springfield St., St. Paris, is serving the family. Condolences may be sent to www.shivelyfuneralhomes.com