Mrs. Geraldine Cockerham Hume

February 4, 1932April 30, 2012

Geraldine (Gerri) Cockerham Hume, age 80 of Winston Salem passed away peacefully surrounded by her family after an extended illness. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all those she met. Gerri was born a twin February 4, 1932 in Wilkes County to the Reverend Carl and Tessie Durham Cockerham. At the age of 9 she was stricken with polio and confined to a bed for 6 months. She went on to graduate from High School in Ronda, attended Catawba College in Salisbury and Draughon’s Business College in Winston Salem. Gerri retired in 1998 from the North Carolina Department of Correction after 29 years of service. She was a member of the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) and served for many years as a delegate to the state convention. She was an advocate in the Post-Polio Support Group, a member of the Winston Salem Mayor’s Council for Persons with Disabilities and a member of Northwest Baptist Church. Gerri was an inspiration to many with her independent nature and zest for life. She enjoyed creating wonderful meals, quilting, reading and spending time with family and friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, J. Frank Hume; brothers, Junior Cockerham and Ralph Cockerham; four sisters, Ivadine Walls (twin), Nell Stickel, Ruby Byrd and Grace Burcham. She is survived by two loving daughters Carla Hume-Sears (John) of Thurmond, Amanda Benbow (Tom) and cherished granddaughter Jessi Benbow of Clemmons; sisters Virginia Luffman of Elkin, Ruth Yarboro of Roaring River; sister-in-law, Olga Salvio of New York, NY, Ethel Racz of Fenton, Michigan and many special nieces and nephews. Interment will take place on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 11:00 am at Salisbury National Cemetery, 202 Government Road, Salisbury, NC followed by a celebration of her life conducted at 1:00 pm at Northwest Baptist Church, 407 Petree Road, Winston Salem, NC with the Reverend Brandon Hudson officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday, May 6, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Frank Vogler & Sons Reynolda Road Chapel, 2951 Reynolda Road, Winston Salem, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Winston Salem Mayor’s Council for Persons with Disabilities (MCPD), P.O. Box 30764, Winston Salem, NC 27130 or Northwest Baptist Church Quilting Ministry, 407 Petree Road, Winston Salem, NC 27106. Online condolences may be made to The family would like to extend a very special thanks to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center North Tower 8th floor nursing staff, Ardmore Tower 11th floor Palliative Care nursing staff, Hospice of Winston Salem, Forsyth County and Tina S. Gladden’s wonderful nursing staff, Care with Love. Special thanks to Essie Lewis (Goldie) who’s loving, kind, professional care made all the difference.


  • Visitation Sunday, May 6, 2012
  • Memorial Service Monday, May 7, 2012
  • Interment Monday, May 7, 2012

Mrs. Geraldine Cockerham Hume

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Essie Lewis

May 13, 2012

I would like to thank the two lovely sister that reminded me of my sister and I. Something my mom said to us it is only two of you make the best of the time you have. And something Ms. Gerri said to me we only have this one chance in life do everything you can for you and your family. Two great mom's are looking down on their two sets of girls and thanking God for what he has done. I love you Carla and Amanda (kiss Jess for me) Essie Lewis (Goldie)

Nancy Crouse

May 10, 2012

Dear Amanda,
It has been alot of years but when I saw that your Mom had passed I wanted you to know my Prayers are with you during your time of loss. I have thought of you often when passing by the driveway of the house in Thurmond. I have lots of fond memories of the times I spent there with you and your family.
Nancy Crouse and Family

May 8, 2012

David and Shirley Palm Harbor,FL I have wonderful memories of her while working in NCSEA. She always was friendly to all. I know her family will miss her. God is so good to allow such friendships in this life

Alexandra Johnson

May 8, 2012

Dear Carla and Amanda,
Your mother was an inspiration for many. I always admired her "softness and yet at the same time great strength". Even though I was a child you could see and feel the love she had for both of you. Ron, Katherine and I express our deepest sympathy to your family.

Bob Hicks

May 7, 2012

Carla, Amanda, and Family: Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers in the loss of your Dear Mother. No words can replace the great loss that you feel. She was a wonderful Friend to me. She was a very Special Person. This world is a little darker without her---but Heaven just gets a little brighter. Sincerely, Bob

Sandy Cockerham

May 6, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Even though I did not know Gerri well, my dad (Odell Cockerham) was her cousin and thought a lot of her.
Sandy Cockerham, Wilkesboro, NC

May 6, 2012

Amanda and Carla,
Gerri was a great lady thinking of her brings a smile to my face. I feel very blessed to have known her. Our prayers are we with you.
Serena, Connar and Michael

May 5, 2012

Amanda, Carla and Jessi,I was so sorry to hear of Gerri's passing. I know she was so proud of all her family. Your memories will always live in your heart and bring you comfort. Love, Ona

May 4, 2012

Carla, My heart goes out to you and your family. I have heard so much about your mom I feel like I knew her! You are in my prayers...the loss is hard but know she is in a better place. Love you, Sharon Reavis

June Humenyi

May 4, 2012

Sweet Aunt Gerri, you will be deeply missed.