Lolean Cockerham Carson

Published 10:47 am Monday, January 25, 2016

Lolean Cockerham Carson, 94, died on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 in Forsyth Medical Center, following a period of declining health.

She was born Nov. 1, 1921 in Surry County, daughter of the late John Paul and Ida Roberson Cockerham. She attended public school in Iredell County and at an early age, she joined Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Later, she joined New Jerusalem Holiness Church, under the pastoral leadership of Overseer Jessie Leach. She became a member of Liberty Headstone Apostolic Movement, and was a member of New Calvary Holiness Church for 48 years. She served as a member of the choir, usher board, home mission, and was the mother of the church.  A total of 64 years of her life was dedicated to the church. She was faithful until her death. On July 5, 1936, she married Crayton Carson. To this union, three children were born.  She was a homemaker, and loved to sew and work in her flower garden.

She was also preceded in death by: 2 brothers, Clayton Cockerham and Clifton Cockerham; and 2 sisters, Annie Dalton and Irene Rogers.

Survivors: a son, Billie (Barbara) Carson of Mocksville; 2 daughters, Dorothy Sherrill and Colean Gaither, both of Mocksville; a sister, Josephine C. Dalton; 2 brothers-in-law, Thad Carson and Johnny Rogers; 4 sisters-in-law, Jessie Hayes, Shirley Smith, Bessie Wilson and Eloise Cockerham; a foster sister, Rosa Lee Arnold; 18 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and more than 22 great-great-grandchildren; a number of other relatives and friends.

Her funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 2:30 p.m. at Graham Funeral Home in Mocksville. Pastor Charlene Jones officiated and Bishop Terry Dalton delivered the eulogy. Burial followed in New Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family received friends at the funeral home one hour before the service.