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1946 Barbara 2022

Barbara Cockrum

October 12, 1946 — September 30, 2022



Funeral service for Barbara Cockrum, age 75 of Birthright, TX, will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at Cooper Church of Christ with Noel Bailey and Shane Carrington officiating. Interment to follow at Peerless Cemetery. Visitation will be held 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Monday, October 3 at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home. Barbara passed away on September 30, 2022.

Barbara was born in Paris, Texas on October 12, 1946 to W.B. Gunter and Helen Jo (Toon) Gunter. She married Kenneth Cockrum in Cooper TX, on March 31, 1967. She was a graduate of Cooper High School and East Texas State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree. She taught Business, English and Computer Science classes at North Hopkins ISD for 35 years. Barbara was a member of Cooper Church of Christ, Retired Teachers Association, Society Daughters of the American Revolution and The Lee Society of Virginia.

She enjoyed traveling with her sister Debra and had visited all but 5 states in the country. She was an excellent cook and loved preparing meals for her family. This gave her great joy. She even made several college trips to cook for her grandsons and their friends and was an avid sports fan. She loved the students of North Hopkins ISD where she continued her passion for education by substituting many years after her retirement. During this time, she also worked as a UIL competition judge for prose, poetry and speaking competitions. She attended the Cooper Church of Christ for her entire life, a faithful member for 75 years.

She is survived by her husband Kenneth; daughter, Stephanie Kennedy and husband, John; grandchildren Cade Kennedy, Carson Kennedy, Brock Kennedy, John Pat Kennedy and wife Michelle; sister, Debra Wood; sister in laws, Elvira Echols and Sharlene Brice; and a host of nieces and nephews she loved dearly.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and her infant twin daughters.

Pallbearers will be Cade Kennedy, Carson Kennedy, Brock Kennedy, John Pat Kennedy, Brad Wood and Alford Echols. Honorary pallbearers include Tommy Long, Danny Evans, Tim Menke, Steve Drummond, Joe Smiddy, and Ken James.

Arrangements under the direction of Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home.


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Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, October 3, 2022

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Murray - Orwosky Funeral Home

876 Wildcat Way, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Cooper Church of Christ

120 FM 64, Cooper, TX 75432

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