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OBITUARY

Mr. Robert Eugene Cockrum

May 11, 1933March 19, 2021

Robert Eugene Cockrum, age 87, passed away in peace on Friday, March 19, 2021 at his home surrounded by family in Houston, Texas.

Robert was born in St Louis, Missouri on May 11, 1933 to James Verner and Otilla Cockrum. He was predeceased by his parents and sister Dorothy and her husband H Clark Roberts. He was the winner of the St. Louis Dispatch's cutest baby contest. He went on to graduate from Linwood High School and then Washington University Saint Louis where he served as President the Sigma Chi fraternity, Tau Tau Chapter and received a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force, rising to the rank of Captain before being honorably discharged in 1967.

He was married to Mary Margaret Quinn Cockrum on July 5, 1958. They had a fairy tale marriage for 63 years.

Bob helped his father run Weipert Drugs, the only all-night drug store in St. Louis, until he and his father sold it in 1972. He went on to become a visionary for Waterford Crystal and reveled in bringing its brilliance and splendor first to the upper tier of the midwestern states and then the southeastern US, serving for a brief time during that period as Vice-President of sales for US operations.

He retired in 2006 to enjoy time with his wife and his favorite hobbies of golf, horticulture, stock trading, golfing, caddying for his grandson and carpentry. He especially enjoyed the evenings spent as bartender/waiter for the ladies Pokeno group of which his wife was a member. In his early family life Bob enjoyed boating and fishing on his fishing boat known as the "African Queen"- one of his favorite movies. Many fun family memories were made on that john boat. Including trips to the islands on the Missouri River, the Ozarks, and Lake Lanier. Saying goodbye to the boat was an event.

Robert is survived by the love of his life, Mary Margaret Quinn; his children James Cockrum (Mary), Nancy Plough (Jerry), Rebecca Wrona (Daniel); his grandchildren Lucy Cockrum, Mary Claire Cockrum, Corinne Plough, Francis Plough, Shannon Plough, Jack Wrona, Adam Wrona, and his great-grandson Canon. Also survived by his loving nieces Lynne Roberts and Jan Roberts Gifford.

A visitation for Robert will be held Friday, April 16, 2021 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM at American Heritage Funeral Home, 10710 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038, with a funeral service from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The committal service will be from 12:45 PM to 1:15 PM at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038 (across the street from the funeral home) with burial.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers a donation be made in Robert's name to the National Kidney Foundation, Sigma Chi fraternity (Tau Tau chapter) at Washington University Saint Louis or Mary Queen of Peace building fund in Mandeville, LA. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.AmericanHeritageFuneralHome.com for the Cockrum family.

Services

16 April

Visitation

9:30 am - 11:30 am

American Heritage Funeral Home

10710 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77038

All Guest Must Wear Face Masks and Practice Social Distancing
16 April

Funeral Service

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

American Heritage Funeral Home

10710 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77038

All Guest Must Wear Face Masks and Practice Social Distancing
16 April

Committal Service

12:45 pm - 1:15 pm

Houston National Cemetery

10410 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77038

All Guest Must Wear Face Masks and Practice Social Distancing

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Mr. Robert Eugene Cockrum

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John Trapen

March 30, 2021

We were very saddened to hear of Bob's passing. He was our neighbor across the street from us for 13 years here in Mandeville. He was kind, thoughtful, intelligent and a real gentleman all at the same time. He loved my BBQ, and I wish he were still around so that I could still cook for him. We will miss him dearly.

Kelly Persyn Hoquist Clarke

March 29, 2021

THE PERFECT GENTLEMAN
He was a great man and friend.
My condolences to the family.

Sean and Christine ODonnell

March 29, 2021

Sincere condolences to Micky and all the Cockrum family on the sad passing of Bob. It was my great honour to have toured throughout the US with Bob as Waterford Crystal Brand Ambassador for many years. I always found Bob to be a very hospitable person and a gentleman of the highest order. May he rest in peace.
Sean O Donnell. (Ireland).

Jean Moses

March 25, 2021

So sorry to receive the sad information about Bob. He was a wonderful person and loved by everyone that knew him. He always talked lovingly of his family and I know that each of you have wonderful memories of your lives together. Hopefully these memories will bring you comfort during this sad time. Bob will be remembered for so many things----some words that come to my mind are: dapper, true southern gentleman, knowledge, caring, thoughtfulness, sense of humor and many more.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Jean Moses (an old Waterford friend)

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Bob with his Dad (c 1960)

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Bob with his Dad (c 1960)

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