Warren Lynn Cockerham
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Warren Lynn Cockerham, 83, of Alexandria passed away Friday, February 14, 2014 of complications following abdominal surgery.
Warren or "Bo" as he was known in LaSalle Parish, was born in Kelly, Louisiana April 6, 1930 to the late Warren Cockerham and the late Ruth Beatrice Gore Cockerham.
Warren graduated from Trout Good Pine High School in 1947. Interestingly, over 90% of the '47 class attended college! Warren then graduated in 1951 from what is known today as USL with a degree in Agronomy. After graduation, he served in the Armed Forces from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War. Warren later attended graduate school at LSU and Cornell University.
His career brought him to Alexandria in 1956 when he took a position with the Soil Conservation Service of the USDA. He was blessed to form lifelong friendships with several colleagues who also began their careers that very same day.
That same year, 1956, Warren met and wed the late Grace Marie Hendricks of Atlanta, Ga. The couple made their home in Alexandria where they raised their three daughters: Dr. Carol Vesier, Ms. Janice Johnson, and Dr. Karen Cockerham Mathieu.
Warren is also survived by four grandchildren, Ashley Johnson, Claire Vesier, Camille Vesier, Benjamin Mathieu; one great grandchild, Grace Lynn Couvillion, and his brother Steve Cockerham.
He is preceded in death by brother Lamar Cockerham.
Warren will be remembered as a devoted father who prioritized the needs of his family. He was an avid outdoorsman and seemed to approach life's problems through the pragmatic eyes of a scientist. He emphasized to his daughters the value of an education as well as the importance of personal responsibility and loyality to one's family. He enjoyed a great sense of humor and would take delight in a frequent joke or an occasional prank. He was naturally sociable and gregarious; one can still hear the the echo of his greeting to strangers, "Hi, I'm Warren Cockerham...sit down and have a cup of coffee."
His family will greatly miss hearing Warren and cousin Billie Jean Taylor reminisce about growing up in rural LaSalle Parish. The tales of young Warren riding a horse to the Zenoria one room school house paint a picture of a forgotten era. He had a particular interest in genealogy and enjoyed researching the Cockerham lineage--tracing the family roots back to the first 50 U.S. families, including one ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War. His family cherishes the many memories of him and the stories he shared..
Warren was involved in several civic and community organizations and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life on Saturday, February 22nd at Hixson Brothers Funeral Home on Jackson Street in Alexandria. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am followed by a 1:00 service conducted by Cliff Stewart, Ph.D. of Calvary Baptist Church and Reverend David Boothe. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the
, 2325 Severn Ave., Suite 8, Metairie, LA 70001-6918.
To extend online condolences to the Cockerham family, please visit us at www.hixsonbrothers.com.
Published in The Town Talk from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2014