Dwight “Floyd” Cockrum, 69, of Roswell, passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at his residence.
A memorial service for Floyd will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 20, 2012, at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel with Jack Ferguson officiating. The family will be receiving family [auth] and friends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 5911 Kincaid, Roswell.
Floyd Cockrum was born Dec. 29, 1942, in Sesser, Ill., to Stanley and Maude (Harrison) Cockrum. He enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Walker Air Force Base. After he was honorably discharged, Floyd started Roswell Electric in 1978. A hard worker, Floyd spent countless hours building his business from the ground up. Floyd was a man of noble character. The young men who worked for him throughout the years saw him as a mentor and role model. Many would call him a friend instead of boss. He was an active member of the Roswell community. Floyd taught hunter safety courses and served on the Utilities Commission. Above anything else, Floyd was a family man. He loved and cherished his family dearly.
Floyd was preceded in death by his first wife Judy Cockrum; parents Stanley and Maude Cockrum; and brothers, Glen, Noble, Bobby and Billy Cockrum.
Those left to cherish Floyd’s memory are wife Helen Cockrum, of Roswell; son Jamie Cockrum, of Las Cruces; daughter Janice Cockrum, of Albuquerque; sisters, Ruth Miner, of Sesser, and Glenna Piper, of Rendlake Ill.; daughters, Brenda Dear, of Roswell, Ronda McClure, of Roswell, Shawna Satterfield, of Roswell, Tamara Spicer, of Roswell and Sharla and Lynn Coats, of Roswell; and grandchildren, Garik, Megan and Kyle Cockrum, Cody Townsend, Heather and Jasmine Powell, Jeremy Graves, Amber and Casey Sopher, Brandon and Kristen Spicer, Kyla Satterfield, Jacob Spicer, Savannah and Genevieve Duran and Connor Coats; 13 great-grandchildren; and so many others who knew him as Pop.
The time has come for our Pop to take his journey to a better place. As we say our goodbyes to a VERY special man, we are reminded of all the wonderful times we spent with him. He was a man of many names: Dwight, Floyd, Hon, Dad, Pop, Pops, Pap-pa and in many cases a good friend.
Regardless of his many names, he was the epitome of a man. He was a man with a heart of gold who opened his heart, life, door and home to our Mom Helen, her five daughters, their families, their friends, and all of their life’s trials and tribulations that over the years found the way to their midst. His heart was as true as his words. He said what he meant, and meant what he said. He was honest and open and we always knew where we stood with him. He loved each one of us unconditionally and we knew it. Pop, your love will live on in our hearts, your memories will live on in our minds, and your stories will be shared for generations to come. As you have always said, “your kids are your legacy.” We couldn’t be happier or prouder to be known as your kids. We will truly miss you, Pop!! I love you, Rhonda.
Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories in the online register book at andersonbethany.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.