September 28, 2007

Ultimate Healing

{updated 9-28-07}

I suppose most who might read my blog wouldn't know Virginia Cockerill. She was our pastor's wife for a number of years here in Salisbury at Trinity Wesleyan Church. Pastor Lee Cockerill and Virginia preceded Pastor Ernest and Susan Mullins (who have just been followed this summer by Pastor Randy Addison.)

Sis. Cockerill passed away yesterday at their home in Mississippi, where they had moved to be near their son Gareth Cockerill (at Wesley Biblical Seminary.) Sis. Cockerill was such as wonderful person who was deeply loved by our church and many others.

I'll link to her obituary when the full version is available.

The viewing and service will be here in NC at Salisbury Trinity on Monday October 1st.

Viewing: 4:30 pm
Funeral: 7:00pm

Daisy Virginia Cockerill

CLINTON, Miss. - Daisy Virginia Cockerill, 85, of Clinton, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, at her home in Clinton.

Virginia was born in Arlington, Va., on Feb. 25, l922. Her parents were the late Rev. Charles R. Mateer and Daisy E. Mateer. She attended public school in Arlington and graduated from Washington and Lee High School in l939. She attended Strayer University in Washington, D.C.

She was married to Welby Lee Cockerill Nov. 14, l940, in Arlington. She was employed by Woodruff and Lothrop Department Store and then the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Beginning in l945, she shared with her husband in ministry. Together they planted a Wesleyan church in Falls Church, Va. Future assignments took them to North Carolina in l968. Their ministry together lasted 60 years.

Her services included organist, pianist, Sunday School teacher, Wesleyan Women's president, office manager and various other duties. She was honored for 25 years of service to District Wesleyan Women International. She served as delegate to the International Convention on several occasions.

In retirement she and her husband moved to Clinton, Miss., to live with their oldest son.

One grandson, David Lee Cockerill, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, W. Lee Cockerill; sons Dr. Gareth Lee Cockerill of Clinton, Colonel Dr. James Wesley Cockerill of Dayton, Ohio, and Daniel Timothy Cockerill, Fayetteville, N.C.; granddaughters Allene Rose Vinzant of St. Louis, Mo., Ginny Dora Cockerill of Columbia, S.C., Kathy Lee O'Donnell of Central Asia, Sarah Elizabeth Jones of Arlington, Va., Hannah Rebecca Cockerill of Papua, New Guinea; grandson Daniel Timothy Cockerill II of Appalachian State University; great-grandson Patrick Vinzant of St. Louis, Mo.; and brother Warren Wood Mateer of Arlington, Va.

Visitation and Service: Visitation will be at Trinity Wesleyan Church, 2200 Moores-ville Road, Salisbury, Monday from 4-6:30 p.m. and a memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. Interment will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at City Memorial Park, Salisbury.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to World Hope International, P.O. Box 96338, Washington, DC 20090-6338; or Trinity Wesleyan Church; Building Fund, 2200 Mooresville Road, Salisbury, NC 28147.


LindaJo49 said...

She was such a sweet lady. I got acquainted with them shortly after we moved to Salisbury when they were building their home. That friendship lasted over the years although we didn't get to see them very often after we moved.

jenny said...

Tom had the privilege of studying under Dr. Cockerill and continues to see him on certain projects they are both working on. What a great mother and minister it sounds like she was.