August 9, 2012
COLUMBUS — Houston Cockrell, 81, died Aug. 1, 2012, at Noland Hospital in Birmingham, Ala. Services are Saturday at 11 a.m. at Northside MB Church with Leon Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens. Visitation is Friday from noon to 5:30 p.m. at Century Hairston Funeral Home. Mr. Cockrell was born Feb. 22, 1931, to the late Wilbur Cockrell and Mary Lou Sykes. He was a retired factory worker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Johnnie Mae Cockrell; and sister, Louise King, Survivors include his son, Henry Cockrell of Atlanta; brothers, Robert Cockrell of Birmingham, Ala., Travis Cockrell of Columbus and Joseph Scott of Sacramento, Calif.; sisters, Joan Turner of Columbus, Mattie Jones and Barbara Conner, both of Birmingham; and one grandson.