Lucy Cockrell


JACKSON, Tenn. – Lucy Osborne Neely Cockrell, 83, formerly of Okolona, died Sunday, July 21, 2013, in Jackson, Tenn. She attended school in Okolona.

She was a member of Eastern Star M.B. Church in Okolona, until she moved to Jackson, Tenn., and joined Springhill M.B. Church. She was married to the late Walter Neely and later married Tommie Cockrell.  She loved helping others, cooking, fishing, gardening, gospel music and reading the Bible.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Eastern Star M.B. Church with the Rev. Anthony Rainey, officiating. Williams Memorial Funeral Home in Okolona is in charge of the local arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Tommie Cockrell of Jackson, Tenn.; seven daughters, Robbie Brown, Lorene Moore, Hattie Brown and Dorothy (Calvin) Gates, all of Okolona, Maelene (Raymond) Cockrell, Vernell (David) Wilburn and Everlene Cockrell, all of Jackson, Tenn.; four sons, Booker T. (Denise) Neely of Mantee, William (Maggie) Neely of South Bend, Ind., Frank (Earnestine) Neely of Hineville, Ga., and Willie Zack Neely of Jackson, Tenn.; three stepdaughters, Margaret (Gary) House, Shirley (Robert) Ingram and Louise (James) Donaldson, all of Jackson, Tenn.; six stepsons, Ken (Dorothy) Cockrell, David (Lula) Cockrell, Raymond (Maelene) Cockrell, J.C. (Barbara) Cockrell, Willie (Linda) Cockrell and James Cockrell, all of Jackson, Tenn.; two sisters, Peggy Osborne Thomas of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Thelma Boyce of St. Louis, Mo.; three brothers, McArthur Osborne of Stockton, Calif., Archie Osborne of Mountainview, Calif., and Robert Osborne of Yuba, Calif.; 53 grandchildren; and 81 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by daughters, Jo Ann Buchanan and Emma McLemore, and sons, Tommie Lee Maeweather, Jimmy Cockrell and Tommie Cockrell.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A wake will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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