Sue Riley Cockrell, 84, of Monticello, passed away on July 14, 2016 at her home.
She and her late husband, Olen Cockrell were the owners of Cockrells Shoes and the Shoeshed in Monticello. She was a secretary for Attorney Adrian Williamson for a decade and was a member of Pauline Missionary Baptist Church.
Mrs. Cockrell was an 1949 honor graduate of Hamburg High School, serving as class president. In addition to playing on its winning basketball team, she was also a cheerleader, homecoming queen and recipient of the State DAR Good Citizen Award. She furthered her education for one year at King’s Daughters Nursing School in Greenville, Mississippi where she met Olen. Upon being married on June 15, 1950, she moved to Monticello.
Mrs. Cockrell was born December 23, 1931 in the Promise Land Community in Ashley County and was the daughter of the late Radford Riley and Edna Belle Higginbotham Riley.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Suzanne Hamblen; four sisters and their husbands, Louise (Guy) Wallace, Virginia (Floyd) Scott, Alice (Donald) Collins and Muriel and her husbands (James “Duke” Duke and Earl Benson).
Survivors include two daughters, Jane Jo Summerford and husband Wayne of Greenbrier and Sarah Martin and husband John of Monticello; a son-in law, David Hamblen of Russellville; four grandsons, Nathan Hamblen of Bella Vista, Dr. Josh Hamblen and wife Jessica of Hixson, Tennessee, Tyler Martin of Monticello and Casey Bone of Little Rock; two granddaughters, Lauren Stutts and husband Daniel of Spokane, Washington and Lana Martin of Monroe, Louisiana; five great-grandchildren, Gracen and Madden Stutts of Spokane, Washington and David, Lily and Ella Hamblen of Hixson, Tennessee.
Visitation will be held on July 16 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Stephenson Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello.
Funeral services will be held on July 17 at 2 p.m. at Pauline Missionary Baptist Church in Monticello. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorials may be made to:
Pauline Missionary Baptist Church
P O Box 299
Monticello, AR 71657