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Joseph William "Bill" Cocreham

Died: April 8, 2017

Joseph William “Bill” Cocreham, a native of Baton Rouge, LA, born August 12, 1926, he passed away on Saturday, April 8 2017 at the age of 90. Bill spent his first 14 years in New Orleans before moving back to Baton Rouge and attending University High School, where he participated in football, basketball, track an…read more

Joseph William “Bill” Cocreham, a native of Baton Rouge, LA, born August 12, 1926, he passed away on Saturday, April 8 2017 at the age of 90. Bill spent his first 14 years in New Orleans before moving back to Baton Rouge and attending University High School, where he participated in football, basketball, track and American Legion Baseball. He served 2 1/2 years in the Navy during WWII, then returned to Baton Rouge to receive a BA degree from LSU. He was President of Cocreham Brick and Stone, Inc. from 1950 until he retired in 1992. Bill was a former board Member of the T. Harry Williams Oral History Committee (LSU Library) and University United Methodist Church. He was a member of the American Legion, the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce, Associated General Contractors, Mississippi-Louisiana Brick and Tile Association, National Homebuilders’ Association, Ducks Unlimited, Marketing Managers Association, Louisiana Foresters Association and The Baton Rouge Country Club. He was deeply involved with Baton Rouge Recreation and Parks Association (BREC) serving as Commission chairman for thirty years and on BREC committees from 1970-2016. Bill was especially proud of his service on Land for Parks, Baton Rouge Zoo advisory board and being BREC’s representative to the Magnolia Mound Board. He was a member of National Recreation and Parks Association, American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums and Friends of the Zoo. He was awarded certificates of appreciation by BREC for many years of service. Bill was selected as A Volunteer Activist in 1995, Citizen’s Meritorious Service Award in 1997 by the National Recreation and Parks Association and the Leaf Award from the BREC Foundation. He received the Excalibur Award for Volunteerism. He was a 2011 People’s Health Champion and honored in 2016 by the Friends of City Park for his role in saving City Park Golf Course. Bill was an avid golfer and fisherman. His favorite place was his camp, “Weathering Heights”, in Grand Isle, Louisiana where he loved to feed the multitudes that visited. He loved spending weekends at Pine Hills Farm in Clinton with his family. His life was enriched by many years of traveling with lifelong friends and entertaining in his home. He will be remembered by his sweet, kind, and very generous nature. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hortense Embry Cocreham and Henry Roland Cocreham; brother, Henry Roland Cocreham, Jr. and wife Betty MacKenzie Cocreham; sister, Madeline Cocreham Woodland and husband James Philip Woodland. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 67 years Eleanor Washburn Cocreham and four children, Joseph William Cocreham, Jr. (Jeff Stafford), Roland Christopher Cocreham (Lana Watts Cocreham), Carlyn Hope Cocreham and Lauryn Cocreham Hanley (Kenneth Dean Hanley). Five grandchildren, Shannon Hope Cocreham, Patrick Dean Hanley, Tracy Elizabeth Cocreham, Rachel Lauryn Hanley, Kelly Christopher Cocreham ; great-grandson Karter William Cocreham; and nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Tuesday April 11, 2017 at Rabenhorst Funeral Home (825 Government Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802) from 6:00-8:00 pm. Visitation will resume at University United Methodist Church (3350 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70802) on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 10:00 am until the Memorial Service at 11:30 am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to University Methodist Church and Friends of the Baton Rouge Zoo.
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Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Rabenhorst Funeral Home

Address:

825 Government Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

University United Methodist Church

Address:

3350 Dalrymple Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Time: 11:30 am -

University United Methodist Church

Address:

3350 Dalrymple Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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