Doris Shelton Cockrum

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mrs. Doris Shelton Cockrum, age 94, of Iuka, Miss., died May 2, 2012, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Iuka.

Mrs. Cockrum, the daughter of Barnett Varner and Hallie Lostutter Varner, was born Aug. 23, 1917, in Black Oak, Ark. She graduated from Black Oak High School in 1935 and attended Arkansas State College.

Mrs. Cockrum lived in Trumann most of her life and will be remembered for many acts of community service. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Trumann, member of the Poinsettia Club, Charter member of the Poinsett Democratic Women, and past Blytheville District President for the Arkansas Federation of Women.

In 1983, she was appointed to the Trumann Library Board and served on the City Beautification Committee. She was elected and served several terms on the Trumann City Council. In 1979 she retired from the Trumann Water and Sewer Co. after 27 years. Prior to that, she taught school in the Trumann School District.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Willie D. Shelton, in 1980, and her second husband, Harold R. "Mickey" Cockrum, in 2004.

Mrs. Cockrum's great-grandfather, a physician, was the first permanent settler to what is now known as Buffalo Island. Dr. Thomas Varner came to the area in 1844.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Ettalee Alsup.

Graveside services were held May 4, 2012, in the Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with Dr. Tad Rogers officiating. Burial was under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home.

The family requests lasting memorials be sent to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 575, Trumann, AR 72472.

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