Norman L. Cockman
September 28, 1922 - April 8, 2014
On the eagle's wings, with God as his co-pilot, World War II veteran
Norman L. Cockman flew to heaven on April 8, 2014.
He is survived by his loving wife of seventy years, Margaret Gamble Cockman; his daughters, Jan Davis (Jim) of Charleston, SC and Beverly Patteson (Jim) of Pensacola; grandchildren, Scott Hunter, Emily Hunter and Brittany Williams (Dave), as well as his great-granddaughter Lindsay Hunter.
Norman was born September 28, 1922, to Myrtle and Arlen Cockman in Elon College, NC. He met Margaret when he entered Guilford College, later transferring to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he majored in business. When the bombs fell on Pearl Harbor, Norman answered a higher calling to defend his country, entering the Naval Air Corp to become a flight instructor. Not wanting to leave his love, he wed Margaret Gamble before entering the war.
Norman worked in management in the field of agricultural chemicals, innovating individual field analysis of trace elements in prescriptive replenishment programs. His family followed his career moves throughout North Carolina, on to Virginia, and finally to Pensacola.
Retirement years were happily spent traveling with Margaret, gardening, golfing and fixing whatever his girls needed fixed. Having been close to His heavenly Father, Norman served Him as a Sunday school teacher and in his elder years as a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Pensacola.
Visitation will be held from 2:00-3:00 pm, Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel, followed by the service at Trinity Presbyterian Church at 4:00 pm. Burial services will be in Greensboro, NC, on Saturday with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of Norman's love of animals, contributions may be made to the Humane Society, 5 N. "Q" St, Pensacola, FL. 32505.
His family wishes to thank the loving caregivers at Wesley Haven Villas, Regency Hospice, Bayside Manor, and special physician Dr. Jolita Klementaviciene.
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