Lonnie Gene Cockrell, 80, of the Pine Hill community, passed away on August 3, 2021, in Little Rock.
He was born in Portland, Arkansas, on October 15, 1940, to his parents, Mance and Dorothy Cason Cockrell. He grew up in Crossett, was a graduate of Crossett High School, and an active member of Egypt Missionary Baptist Church.
Mr. Cockrell served honorably in the United States Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict. For forty-five years, Lonnie worked as a papermaker for Georgia Pacific, eventually retiring in 2007. He was also a member of the local VFW and the antique tractor club.
Mr. Cockrell enjoyed fishing and hunting, along with telling stories about fishing and hunting. He could build just about anything he could dream up but was content just working on his tractor. He was a people person who could strike up a conversation with anyone, usually telling a joke. Making people laugh was absolutely what made him tick, and telling jokes or pulling pranks assisted him with his mission.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jimmy Eugene Cockrell and Murray DuWayne Cockrell; one sister, Brenda Joy Tomerlin, and an infant brother.
He leaves behind his wife of fifty-four years, Annette Travis Cockrell of Pine Hill; one son, Billy Wayne Cockrell and fiancé, Cari Elwood, of Green Forest; one daughter, April Cockrell Mills, and husband, Joey, also of Pine Hill; a brother, Anthony Wayne Cockrell, and wife, Penny, of Crossett; two grandchildren, Amber Kail and Logan Mills; and a host of nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, August 6 at 10 a.m., at the Egypt Missionary Baptist Church, 563 Ashley Road 95, Hamburg, with pastors Keith Rose and Joey Meredith officiating, followed by interment at Egypt Cemetery under the direction of Medders Funeral Home.
Visitation will be Thursday, August 5, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, Crossett.