Ranny Lee Cockrell

3 mars 193814 septembre 2021

Ranny Lee Cockrell went home to be with the Lord on September 14, 2021, at the age of 83. He was a devoted husband of 64 years, 149 days. During his life his love for his family was constant and unshakeable. The most important theme throughout his life was his devotion to God, his unwavering faith and spreading the love of Christ to others. His deep, abiding relationship with Christ showed in his integrity and in his care for people.

Ranny was born to Davis and Fannye Cockrell on March 3, 1938, in Louisville, Mississippi. Ranny met the love of his life and soul mate, Mary Elizabeth Bodden, in 1955 while attending high school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They eloped in 1957 and went on to have 2 children, Ranny Bodden and Dierk “Lane.” They made Mobile, Alabama their home in 1964 when he was transferred as a supervisor with Pak-A-Sak.

Ranny, Mary and his boys were active members of Sage Avenue Baptist church, where he served as chairman of the deacons, was a zealous worker with the youth and married young adults, a member of various church committees and coached men’s softball for a number of years. It was after much prayer that he surrendered to God’s call and became a member of the church staff in 1986 as the Minister of Youth and Activities. He retired 19 years later and upon retirement was serving as the Senior Adult Minister and Church Administrator. He was known for serving others, giving of his time and love, visiting the sick and grieving, helping those in need and sharing God’s amazing grace.

Ranny loved his family beyond belief. He attended thousands of ball games for his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids and was their biggest fan. He loved taking family vacations and game nights. He loved a good practical joke and listening to southern gospel music. He spent his free time loving on and spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The impact he made in his family’s life is immeasurable. He taught them how to selflessly give to those in need, how to love others and how to serve the Lord. The example he made as a husband, father, grandfather and man of God is a precedent that will live on through his family. His passing leaves a void that nothing will be able to fill, but comfort is found in the assurance that he is worshiping at the feet of the Savior he served so well.

Ranny joins his parents, his brother Larry, his sister Rita, and 2 grandsons – Austin Lane and John Gregory, in Heaven. His is survived by his wife, Mary, his 2 sons, Ranny (Christie) and Lane (Karen), his 12 grandchildren: Brandon Cockrell (Katie), Chase Cockrell (Sarah), Jamie Capezza (Pete), Trey Cockrell (Erica), Lee Cockrell (Kelsey Smith – future granddaughter-in-law), Clay Cockrell (Kristen), Jacob Cockrell, Benjamin Cockrell, Joseph Cockrell, Ranny L. Cockrell, Johnny Cockrell and Mary Cockrell; and his 10 great-grandchildren: Penny Lane Cockrell, T. J. Cockrell, Sydney Cockrell, Emmy Cockrell, Cooper Capezza, Ava Cockrell, Hayes Cockrell, Miles Capezza, Georgia Faye Cockrell, & Cody Cockrell.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 25th, at Cottage Hill Baptist Church at 9:00 AM until service time at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Cottage Hill Baptist Church, 4255 Cottage Hill Rd., Mobile, AL 36609.

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  • Mary ELizabeth Bodden Cockrell, Loving and Devoted Wife of 64 yrs, 149 days
  • Ranny Cockrell (Christie), Son and Daughter-in-law
  • Lane Cockrell (Karen), Son and Daughter-in-law
  • Brandon Cockrell (Katie), Grandson and Wife
  • Chase Cockrell (Sarah), Grandson and Wife
  • Jamie Capezza (Pete), Granddaughter and Husband
  • Trey Cockrell (Erica), Grandson and Wife
  • Lee Cockrell (Kelsey Smith), Grandson and Fiancee
  • Clay Cockrell (Kristen), Grandson and Wife
  • Jacob Cockrell, Grandson
  • Benjamin Cockrell, Grandson
  • Joseph Cockrell, Grandson
  • Ranny L. Cockrell, Grandson
  • Johnny J. Cockrell, Grandson
  • Mary Cockrell, Granddaughter
  • Penny Lane, T. J. , Sydney, Emmy, Cooper,Ava, Hayes, Miles, Georgia Faye, Cody, Great-grandchildren
  • Davis and Fannye Cockrell, Parents (deceased)
  • Larry Cockrell, Brother (deceased)
  • Rita Cockrell, Sister (deceased)
  • Austin Lane, Grandson (deceased)
  • John Gregory, Grandson (deceased)


  • Visitation

    samedi, 25 septembre , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    samedi, 25 septembre , 2021


Ranny Lee Cockrell


Clarence Mullins

29 septembre , 2021

A great man and Dad.

Marie Zumwalt

22 septembre , 2021

Dear Mary My Heart is heavy for You and You’re Family I’m So Sorry For Your Loss Of Ranny He was Such a Good Christian Friend We will truly miss Him So manny wonderful memories of You and Him with My Family at Sage Ave Baptist We Love You and Your Family Please let Me know if there's any thing You need Lave and Prayers Marie Zumwalt and Family

Greg Downes

20 septembre , 2021

What an amazing life and legacy he leaves behind. A heart breaking ending to all those who loved him but an amazing celebration of his life. May his memories forever remain alive!

The Downes family

Robert Berglin

19 septembre , 2021

I knew Ranny when he attended Dauphin Way Baptist Church. I thought a lot of him and am sorry to read in the paper today that has passed. Prayers for Mary and the family.

Meg. Mallon Cobb

18 septembre , 2021

I grew up at the ball park watching Ranny or then it was Mr. Cockrell coach little league baseball . I was in grammar school at this time and he and his wife Mary made such a huge impact in my life . I watched him coach his team I saw his patience with the boys at practice . I saw him jump so high when they made great plays and meet them at the dugout giving them a oat on the back . I remember once when Ranny had a meeting at Sage Ave Baptist Church and he knew he had to serve God that night . His son Kane hit a home run that night and he was not able to be there because if this meeting . I was there when Lane hit the home run and thought man I wish he dad could have seen that but I knew this was the man he was a great husband , father and a man of God who has always been a devoted servant for Christ . I have not seen Mary or Ranny in years but they were truly a blessing to me and I have great memories growing up at the ball park because if this wonderful couple.
My prayers and thoughts for your family
Meg Mallon Cobb



Ranny Lee Cockrell, age 83, of Mobile, Alabama passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Ranny was born March 3, 1938.

A visitation for Ranny will be held Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Cottage Hill Baptist Church, 4255 Cottage Hill Rd., Mobile, AL 36609, followed by funeral services at 11:00 AM.

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