Sybil Lorene <I>Marable</I> Cockrum

Sybil Lorene Marable Cockrum

Birth
Post, Garza County, Texas, USA
Death 31 Jan 2009 (aged 92)
Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas, USA
Burial Post, Garza County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 33486393 · View Source
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Services for Sybil Lorene Cockrum, 92, of Tahoka, formerly of Post will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Post with the Rev. Steve McMeans of Lubbock officiating. Burial will follow in the Terrace Cemetery. Arrangements are under the personal care of Justice-Mason Funeral Home of Post.

Sybil died Saturday, January 31, 2009 at the Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock after major surgery. She was born November 27, 1916 to Francis Edward (F.E. 'Bud') and Willie Etta (Callis) Marable in Post. Sybil attended Post Schools and graduated from Post High School in 1934. She attended and graduated from the Mission Beauty School in Roswell, N.M.

Sybil married Dan Bush Cockrum on July 24, 1938 in Post at the First Christian Church. Dan preceded her in death on January 17, 2007. Sybil worked for Shorty Hamilton, Parrish Grocery, Dewalt Flower Shop, and later for Chant Lee. She and Dan owned and operated Cockrum Printing and Office Supply until they retired. They moved to Lynnwood Assisted Living due to health. She was a long time and active member of the First Baptist Church as well as the Eastern Star, Pricilla Club and the Garden Club of Post.

She was very talented in many crafts; flower arranging, painting, sewing, quilt making and knitting. Fortunately, her passions for most of these skills were passed on to her grandchildren and the family always looked forward to the holidays and the treats from her kitchen.

During their life together Sybil and Dan enjoyed travel and visited Europe, the Caribbean, and Austrailia/New Zealand as well as most of the United States in their liesure time making long lasting friendships where ever they went.

She is survived by one son, Dan E. and wife Lynda Cockrum of Carlsbad, N.M.; three grandchildren, Michael and wife Veronica Cockrum of Grand Canyon, Ariz., Kimberly Lynn Cockrum and Andrea Lorene Cockrum, both of San Antonio; and two great-grandchildren, Daniel Alexander Cockrum and Katelyn Emily Cockrum, both of Grand Canyon, Ariz.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Kemp, Joe Cook, Archie Gill, Bob Hudman, Rick Jones, and Michael Cockrum. Honorary Pallbearers will be Hans Hudman, Preston Poole, Jr., and Harold Craig.

Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church, 402 West Main Street, Post, TX 79356.

Kim Cockrum's Eulogy to Her Grandmother

Hello, everybody. My name is Kim Cockrum, and I am Sybil's granddaughter. I wanted to say a few words about what a wonderful, truly loving person Sybil Cockrum was.

She was called grandmother by my brother Michael, my sister Andrea and me. Chandler, Daniel and Katelyn called her Mimi. To all of us she was a beloved grandmother, great aunt and great grandmother.

Grandma never knew her own grandmother, that's why it was so important to her to be a good grandmother. She was a late in life baby – her mother was 40 when she was born. Her father passed away when she was 2 months old. Her mother had to raise Grandma and her sister Frances all on her own. Tough work in the 20s and 30s.

Great grandmother Willie instilled in my grandma all of the qualities that made her such a great lady. She was very quite and unassuming. Her love and support of her family and friends was mostly felt behind the scenes. She didn't like the spotlight and she certainly never wanted to cause a fuss.

One of my favorite stories about Grandma is her name. Most of you know her as Sybil Cockrum. And that was her given name – but until she was 17 years old she went by her middle name, Lorene. She loved the name Lorene. In high school, one of the girls who didn't like Grandma started calling her Sybil. This girl was pretty popular, so soon the entire school was calling her Sybil.

I asked grandma why she didn't tell everyone not to call her that, that she preferred being called Lorene. And she said, "Oh I didn't want to cause any trouble." So, for 75 years she went by a name that she didn't truly care for because she didn't want to cause a stir.

Although she was quiet, that doesn't mean she was a push-over. She just employed more indirect tactics to get her way.

She had to get very creative when dealing with my Pop-Pop. Anyone who knew him knew that Pop-Pop had a lot of ‘unique and interesting' ideas. My grandma regularly had to deal with the fallout of these great ideas.

One summer, my grandparents were visiting us in Atlanta, and my Pop-Pop became fascinated by kudzu – the vine that has taken over the South. He thought that was just what West Texas was missing – an all consuming parasitic vine. So, he dug some up and put it in a Styrofoam cup for the drive back to Texas. He showed me the cup as he was getting in the car to leave and said, with a little twinkle in his eye, "Shhhhh… Don't tell Grandma"

He got home to Post and planted the kudzu in the backyard. He watered it regularly and it was doing pretty well. Luckily my grandmother happened upon it while doing some yard work. Instead of arguing with Pop-Pop about it, she had her own solution – everyday she watered the kudzu with her own special mixture – saltwater. Pop-Pop never knew why his Kudzu mysteriously died.

Grandma, I think I speak all of West Texas when I say thank you for foiling Pop-Pop's plan!

One of the greatest gifts my grandmother bestowed upon me was her love of, as she called it, ‘handiwork'. Grandma was a knitter, crocheter, quilter, embroider, seamstress, baker – pretty much anything you could make with her hands, she made. She was too humble to think of herself as an artist – but she truly was.

I was always interested in learning any craft that my grandma wanted to teach me, but my sister Andrea showed little interest – until about 4 years ago. My grandma was so pleased that Andrea was taking an interest in learning how to crochet. The last time we saw grandma, she called us her knitter and her crocheter.

With her handmade crafts, grandma put a piece of her heart in everything she made. She taught me that a gift made with love is a gift more precious than anything you can buy.

Grandma loved Post, Texas more than any place in the world. With the exception of 1 year spent in Roswell, New Mexico at beauty school, she lived here her entire life. She loved the fact that for 60 years she lived right next door to the house that she grew up in.

Grandma and Pop-Pop traveled all over the world – England, Italy, Australia, New Zealand – and both of them loved meeting new people, and telling them about Post, Texas.

When she visited my family while we lived in Cape Cod or Grand Canyon or Atlanta she would say the scenery is pretty, but "Oh My Lands, I couldn't live here with all these trees blocking me in. I need to see the horizon."

She loved this town, this community. You were all dear in her heart, and even when she moved away, to Tahoka, she kept up with her friends and always knew the goings on in Post. Post was as much a part of her as her blue eyes, or her beautiful smile.

Sybil Lorene Cockrum was born on November 27, 1916 and died Saturday, January 31, 2009- 2 years and 2 weeks to the day that Pop-Pop passed away. I take great comfort in the fact that they are together again.

My grandma was a wonderful, thoughtful, caring, loving person and she will be deeply missed by all that knew her. Her spirit and memory will live on through her family, and her friends gathered here today. Thank you so much for coming out to honor her memory.

I would like to end with a poem that reminds me of my grandma. It's called "When I'm Gone"

When I come to the end of my journey
And I travel my last weary mile
Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned
And remember only the smile

Forget unkind words I have spoken
Remember some good I have done
Forget that I ever had heartache
And remember I've had loads of fun

Forget that I've stumbled and blundered
And sometimes fell by the way
Remember I have fought some hard battles
And won, ere the close of the day

Then forget to grieve for my going
I would not have you sad for a day
But in summer just gather some flowers
And remember the place where I lay

And come in the shade of the evening
When the sun paints the sky in the west
Stand for a few moments beside me
And remember only my best


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  • Maintained by: Dan E. Cockrum
  • Originally Created by: Janice Williams Langley
  • Added: 2 Feb 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 33486393
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sybil Lorene Marable Cockrum (27 Nov 1916–31 Jan 2009), Find a Grave Memorial no. 33486393, citing Terrace Cemetery, Post, Garza County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Dan E. Cockrum (contributor 47338308) .