A memorial gathering for Jim Cogdill will be held Monday evening, Jan. 24, 2011, from 5-7 p.m. at Anderson- Bethany Funeral Home & Crematory. Burial will be held at the Tinnie Cemetery in Tinnie, N.M., Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 25, 2011, at 2 p.m. Jim passed away Jan. 21, 2011, at his home in Roswell. He was born on July 1, 1928, in St. Joeseph, Mo., to Russel Kenyon and Opal Louise Cogdill. Jim had a long and highly decorated career in the U.S. Air Force, retiring after 30 years as a chief master sergeant.
While stationed at Walker Air Force base in Roswell he met and married Mary McLeod. Together they traveled around the world in the Air Force, finally retiring to Roswell in 1973. He then worked for the city of Roswell, serving as the Roswell airport manager for 12 years. After a second retirement Jim worked as a field engineer for Herkenhoff for 10 years. He was a 33rd degree Mason, and was an active member of the Shriners. Jim was an avid reader, and enjoyed meeting weekly with his golf buddies on the course. He was a resourceful tinkerer, always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed anything fixed or repaired. He loved being with family and telling stories. Those left behind who cherish his memory include his wife, Mary, of 62 years, and their three children, Patricia Chapman, Michael Cogdill and wife, Jan, and Elizabeth Rhodes; four grandchildren, Carrie Oâ€™Dell and husband, Tim, Bennett Chapman, Summer Ferreira and husband, Kurt, and Sky Rhodes and wife, Megan, and; great-grandchildren Alex and Jeffrey Oâ€™Dell.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your favorite charity in honor of Jimmy Cogdill.