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Jackson William Cockerham

Jackson William Cockerham
  • November 3, 1937 - January 22, 2020
  • North Charleston, South Carolina

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“Jack,Thanks for all the great memories. RIP my friend. ”
1 of 4 | Posted by: Darrell Parker - North Charleston, SC

“Rest In Peace my friend. ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: George Rigsby - Goose Creek, SC

“I'm so sorry for your loss. Mom loved him so. Jean Cockerham is my mother. Will be praying for all of you. ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Joey Taylor - Church Point, LA

“We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this most difficult time. Matthew 5:4 ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Danny & Jan Moore - Moncks Corner, SC


Air Force

It is with great sadness that the family of SMSgt. Jackson William Cockerham, US Air Force Ret. announces his passing on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at the age of 82 years old.

Jack will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Ruth Maggard Cockerham of almost thirty-one years; his sons, Kip, Keenan (Sherrie), and Kelven (Natalie), David Baines, as well as his daughters, Krystal and Norma (Baines) Houck. Jack also leaves his siblings Jerry Cockerham, Mildred Carter, and Judy Cockerham. Jack will also be fondly remembered by his grandchildren: Breanna, Billy (Katie), Keenan, Kyle, Erika (Chelsea), Brandi (Christian), and Kirsten, along with his ten great-grandchildren. Jack was preceded in death by his wife of 22 years, Gerri, as well as his brothers, Larry, Jimmy, and Earl, and his sister Jean.

He was born on November 3, 1937 in Tullos, Louisiana to James Isaac Cockerham and Artilda Ann Cockerham.

Jack spent his early years fishing and hunting, hobbies which he continued to enjoy for his entire life. At sixteen years old, Jack joined the Air Force. While stationed in Maryville, Tennessee, he met his first love, Gerri. They moved several times while Jack served in the Air Force before settling in Charleston, SC to raise their three sons. Gerri unexpectedly passed away at 39 years old.

Jack served as a Senior Master Sergeant in the 76th Military Airlift Squadron. He excelled as a flight engineer/instructor on C-141 cargo transports, earning several accolades. Some of those accolades include the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, the Humanitarian Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and multiple good conduct medals. Jack was a man who valued education, helping others, and old-fashioned hard-work. He instilled these values not only in his children and grandchildren, but also members of his community. Jack would be there in a moment's notice to help his ... READ MORE →