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Wilodene Reece Cockman

Benton, AR, 1927 - 2016

Wilodene Reece Cockman, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2016. She was born Ann Wilodene Reece in the Sunshine Community outside Hot Springs on July 23, 1927 to the late Frank and Dora Reece. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Jessie "J.C." Reece, and three sisters, Minnie Smith, Una Orrell, and Lois Muse.
She was an Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Director of the 24 Vocational Technical Schools in Arkansas. After 20 years she retired and she and Rayburn traveled and enjoyed their grandchildren. Wilodene was very active in her church, Calvary Baptist, where she was a member for over 60 years, as well as volunteering in PTA and BPW.
This special woman is survived by her husband, Rayburn Cockman, two daughters and sons-in-law, Tamara and Hal Lammey of Benton and Phyllis and Vernon Brooks of Royal; five grandchildren, Adrianne and Parker Brooks, Julia Sexton, Shaun Lammey, Kevin and Kim Lammey; five great-grandchildren, Preston and McKinley Sexton, Jackson Lammey, Ava, and Madelyn Lammey; sisters in law, Patricia Cockman, Margaret and Elbert Ragsdale; many nieces and nephews; special caregivers, Donna Grissom, Shay Blankenship, and Karli Bieker.
Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Calvary Baptist Church in Benton with Bro. Frank Thurman officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Memorial Park in Alexander, Ark. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2016 at Calvary Baptist Church under the direction of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton (501-315-4047). Pallbearers are grandsons, Parker Brooks, Shawn Lammey, and Kevin Lammey and nephews, Andy Russell, Ben Williams, and Tyler Ryals. Honorary pallbearers are the former staff and directors of the Arkansas Vocational Technical Department and vo-tech schools.
Memorials may be given to Calvary Baptist Church or Gideons International. Online guestbook

Published January 22, 2016

Roller-Ballard Funeral Home
306 South Main Street, P.O. Box 2189, Benton, AR
Phone: 501-315-4047