Funeral services celebrating the life of Samuel E. Cockrell will be held Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Minden, Louisiana with Bro. Steve Gilley and Bro. Leland Crawford officiating. Interment will follow at Gardens of Memory in Minden, Louisiana under the direction of Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Minden, Louisiana.  The family will receive friends at the church at 10:00 a.m. Saturday prior to the service.

Sam was born August 30, 1949, in Homer, Louisiana and went to be with his Lord and Savior June 7, 2022, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Sam served in the US Navy from 1967-1971 and served in Vietnam earning a National Defense Service medal and a Navy Unit Commendation. Sam loved to tinker and could build or fix anything. He loved to watch storms roll in from the comfort of his roof. He loved to fish and knew more about computers than most people, especially 72-year-olds. Sam had a great sense of humor and if you were around him for any amount of time your cheeks would hurt from laughing. Everywhere he went he made an impression and people loved him back! Even in the hospital the staff loved caring for and getting to know Mr. Sam. He was an active member of First Baptist Church Minden and he loved Jesus and people. 

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Teresa Cockrell of Minden; daughters, Jennifer Williamson and husband Wayne and Cynthia Cockrell both of Mangham, and Lisa Balkom and husband Kenny of Minden; brother, David Cockrell, Sr. and wife Kathy of Benton; grandchildren, Tori Crawford, Luke Williamson, Nicholas Williamson, Jason Delgado, Jacob Stewart, Landry Dotson, Becca Balkom, and Lizzie Balkom. Great-grandchildren, Cross Deblieux, Anna Katherine Deblieux, Sadie Crawford, Trace Delgado, and a host of nephews and nieces. 

A special thank you to Heart and Hands Sunday School class and all the doctors and nurses at WK North and MD Clinics. 

Rose-Neath Funeral Home

211 Murrell Street

Minden, Louisiana 71055 

(318) 377-3412

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