Frances Patricia Lawrence Cogbill, 85, of Dumas passed away on May 20, 2018.
She attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello (then Arkansas A&M), where she was a majorette in the marching band and a member of the choir. She and her late husband, Homer Cogbill, made their home in Star City where they owned and operated Cogbille Motor Company for more than 20 years.
Mrs. Cogbill served for several years as an alderman for the city council of Star City. She loved being involved in the First Baptist Church in Star City where she was a Sunday school teacher. She later became a member of First Baptist Church in Dumas where she enjoyed her Sunday school class.
Mrs. Cogbill enjoyed traveling, entertaining and shopping. She had a unique sense of style and had an appreciation for beautiful things. She especially loved engaging with other people and never met a stranger. Her friendly smile warmed the hearts of many. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend.
She was born in Jackson, Mississippi on October 29, 1932 and was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Grayson Lawrence.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Cogbill; her father, Samuel Grayson Lawrence; her mother, Helen White Lawrence Foster; her brother, Grayson Lawrence Jr.; and her sister, Louise Sanders.
She is survived by her children, Michael Lawrence Cogbill of North Palm Beach, Florida and Cynthia Bess Cogbill Grimes (Scottie) of Dumas; two grandchildren, Patricia Grimes Harris (Jeff) of Germantown, Tennessee and Scott David Grimes of Memphis, Tennessee; two great-grandchildren, Joseph and Talmadge Harris; two brothers, Joseph Anderson Lawrence (Mayme)of Nashville, Tennessee and Dr. Robert Livingston Lawrence (Margaret) of Greensboro, N.C.
Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church Faith Center in Dumas on Wednesday, May 23, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church in Star City on Thursday, May 24, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Dubs Byers and Rev. Marcus Rogers officiating. There will be an opportunity for visitation with Mrs. Cogbill’s family prior to the service, beginning at 1 p.m. Following services burial in Best Cemetery, Star City, Arkansas.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Dumas or the First Baptist Church of Star City.