HOUSTON – Elder Ronald Ray Cockrell, 70, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at White County Medical Center in Searcy, Ark. He was born Aug. 13, 1943, in Bastrop, La., to Jualen Cockrell and Lilian White Cockrell.

He was a minister at Mount Herman Primitive Baptist Church in Vardaman.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Memorial Funeral Home in Houston with Elder James Hall and Elder Rusty Wise officiating. Burial will be at Mount Herman Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Vardaman. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Shephard Cockrell of Houston; three daughters, Amy Cockrell and Wendy Cockrell, both of Tampa, Fla., and Julie Hicks (Justin) of Lakeland, Fla.; one son, Eric Cockrell of Searcy, Ark.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Linch of Monroe, La., and Linda Sue Harkness of Tyler, Texas; and one brother, Harold Cockrell of Bastrop, La.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home.

For online condolences visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

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