Clara Margaret Cockrell

09/21/1930 - 12/03/2019


Clara Margaret Cockrell passed away on December 3, 2019 in Lubbock. We will celebrate her life of 89 years at 3:00 pm on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at Lake Ridge Chapel with a reception to follow. Friends are invited to share memories and expressions of sympathy for the family to cherish in the area below the obituary.

Ms. Cockrell was born in Girard, TX on September 21, 1930 to George M. Darden and Clara Darden. She attended McMurray College in Abilene and married Benjamin H. Cockrell on December 24, 1950.

Cheta, as she was known by her family, is survived by three children; a son, Dana Cockrell of Collierville, TN, daughter, Cathy Cockrell of Dallas, and son, Joe Cockrell of Lubbock. She is also survived by her sister, Bess Pickron of Murfreesboro, TN and a brother, Jim Darden of Pine Bluff, WY; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 yrs., Ben; a daughter, Jannifer; and an infant daughter, Donna Benice.

Margaret was a gracious lady of Texas. She traveled extensively with her husband and was an avid reader. She also loved watching sports and movies, but her true passion was giving to the Methodist Children’s Home in Waco, TX. as well as to the Texas Boys Ranch.


The family of Clara Margaret Cockrell has designated The Methodist Children’s Home, 1111 Herring Ave., Waco, Texas 76708, for memorial contributions donated in her memory.

Funeral Service

Location: Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers
Start Time:3:00 pm
End Time:4:00 pm

Funeral Reception

Location: Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers
Start Time:4:00 pm
End Time:5:00 pm


8 Comments on “Clara Margaret Cockrell”

  1. Joe I am sorry to hear this news if your mom passing. My deepest and sincere condolences to you and your family ??

  2. My condolences to all of the family. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Your Mom is beautiful.

  3. Margaret was our neighbor and although we did not know her very long we found her a delightful classy lady with strength of character and a great deal of wit. We had a number of delightful discussions during the time we were neighbors. In Tuscan Villas. I am so sorry to hear of her passing
    although , she had told me the gravity of her illness last time we spoke. We will miss her.

    Mike and Leslie Thoma

  4. I am honored and blessed to have known your Mom. She was an amazing women and I will miss the presence of a truly lovable and kind person. I have very fond memories of her that will always remain in my heart. My heartfelt condolences go out to your family. Love always!

  5. We have so many wonderful memories of your family and ours. Cheta was such a classy ‘Southern Belle’ and enjoyed every minute we spent with her. We are heart broken of her passing and feel blessed to have known such a fine person.

  6. Deepest sympathy to Dana , Cathy , Joe and their families.. I have many wonderful memories of Cheta , my cousin, and Ben when they lived in Dumas.
    I am grateful for the visit we had while they still lived on their land outside Waco.
    Martha Miers Walter

  7. So sorry to hear about Chetas passing. She was a beautiful lady. I haven’t seen her in many years. My sympathies to her family. She was my cousin on my mother’s side of the family. Aunt Clara was my mother’s sister. My the peace of our Lord be with her family

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