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Robert (Bob) Lee Cockrel

Lenoir City, Tennessee

November 27, 1936 - June 9, 2024

Robert (Bob) Lee Cockrel Obituary

A livestream of the service will be available HERE.  The stream should begin approximately 15 minutes before the start of the service.


Robert Lee Cockrel, age 87 of Loudon, TN went to be with the Lord June 9, 2024. Robert was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and Patriot. He was a faithful member of Sewee Church of God in Niota, TN and member of several others churches throughout his life.


Robert was born in Joppa, IL on November 27, 1936 to Floyd Marshall Cockrel and Opal Lowery Cockrel. He was a 1954 graduate of Joppa High School where played trombone and basketball. Although Bob had earned a college scholarship, he chose to serve his country by joining the United States Air Force on Sept 8, 1954. Following more than four decades of service, Robert retired as a Commander of the United States Coast Guard. He eventually earned a Bachelors Degree in Agronomy at Southern Illinois University.


His distinguished military career includes: an initial assignment following basic training at Scott AFB in Bellville, IL.; Air Force highest rank is Staff Sergeant; 1965 he reenlisted in the Air Force Reserves for 9 ½ years; November, 1974, he joined the Cost Guard Unit in Owensboro, KY; Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG), served as Executive Officer (XO) 1976; planned and coordinated the Atlantic Area New York Tall Ships for the 200th Anniversary celebration in 1976, along with coordinating the annual Parade of Ships through the harbor; 1978 - Lieutenant, served as Commanding Officer of Mobilization Exercises (MOBEX); July 1, 1984 - Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) – CO in Knoxville, TN; July 1, 1990 - Commander (CDR) (Mustang) - Deputy Group Commander, CO in Chattanooga, TN. Commander Cockrel also served in Alaska as the Deputy Watch Officer during the Exxon Valdez disaster cleanup. Working with the National Pollution Fund Center, Robert coordinated with other federal agencies to write requirements for the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA90).


In civilian life, Robert (Bob) continued to serve his country with his remarkable skills and analytical experience. For several years, he worked with FEMA in various states. Bob was also a contractor with TVA charged with writing Tennessee Boat Manuals. His hobbies include gardening, buying and restoring antiques. Bob, an expert marksman, enjoyed hunting and gun collecting. He actively supported his wife in General William Lenoir Chapter NSDAR. Bob was affectionately appreciated by the Chapter members for his consistent attendance.  He and Pennie served as Ombudsman for 2 years.


Robert was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years and children’s mother, Carolyn Baker Cockrel; parents, Floyd Marshall Cockrel and Opal Lowery Cockrel; brother, Edward "Eddie" Dale Cockrel.


He is survived by his wife 18 years, Pennie Livingston Cockrel; daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Joe Carr; daughters, Angela Cockrel and Monica Dean; stepchildren and spouses, Marty and Karol Vinson, David Vinson, Doug and Kim Walker, Trenna and Don Wilger; many grandchildren, to include Derek Dean and wife, Tiffany, Miranda Wheeling and Michelle Fox; many great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Melba Cockrel of Metropolis, IL; several cousins and other family members.


The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13th at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. with Pastor Linda Parton officiating. Family and friends will gather at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 14th at East TN Veteran’s Cemetery, 5901 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923. Full military honors will be conferred.


Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children in Lexington, Kentucky. Click Funeral Home, 109 Walnut Street, Lenoir City is in charge of arrangements. 

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Robert (Bob) Lee Cockrel hosted by Click Funeral Home.

A livestream of the service will be available HERE.  The stream should begin approximately 15 minutes before the start of the service.


Robert Lee Cockrel, age 87 of Loudon, TN went to be with the Lord June 9, 2024. Robert was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and Patriot. He was a faithful member of Sewee Church of God in Niota, TN and member of several others churches throughout his life.


Robert was born in Joppa, IL on November 27, 1936 to Floyd Marshall Cockrel and Opal Lowery Cockrel. He was a 1954 graduate of Joppa High School where played trombone and basketball. Although Bob had earned a college scholarship, he chose to serve his country by joining the United States Air Force on Sept 8, 1954. Following more than four decades of service, Robert retired as a Commander of the United States Coast Guard. He eventually earned a Bachelors Degree in Agronomy at Southern Illinois University.


His distinguished military career includes: an initial assignment following basic training at Scott AFB in Bellville, IL.; Air Force highest rank is Staff Sergeant; 1965 he reenlisted in the Air Force Reserves for 9 ½ years; November, 1974, he joined the Cost Guard Unit in Owensboro, KY; Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG), served as Executive Officer (XO) 1976; planned and coordinated the Atlantic Area New York Tall Ships for the 200th Anniversary celebration in 1976, along with coordinating the annual Parade of Ships through the harbor; 1978 - Lieutenant, served as Commanding Officer of Mobilization Exercises (MOBEX); July 1, 1984 - Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) – CO in Knoxville, TN; July 1, 1990 - Commander (CDR) (Mustang) - Deputy Group Commander, CO in Chattanooga, TN. Commander Cockrel also served in Alaska as the Deputy Watch Officer during the Exxon Valdez disaster cleanup. Working with the National Pollution Fund Center, Robert coordinated with other federal agencies to write requirements for the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA90).


In civilian life, Robert (Bob) continued to serve his country with his remarkable skills and analytical experience. For several years, he worked with FEMA in various states. Bob was also a contractor with TVA charged with writing Tennessee Boat Manuals. His hobbies include gardening, buying and restoring antiques. Bob, an expert marksman, enjoyed hunting and gun collecting. He actively supported his wife in General William Lenoir Chapter NSDAR. Bob was affectionately appreciated by the Chapter members for his consistent attendance.  He and Pennie served as Ombudsman for 2 years.


Robert was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years and children’s mother, Carolyn Baker Cockrel; parents, Floyd Marshall Cockrel and Opal Lowery Cockrel; brother, Edward "Eddie" Dale Cockrel.


He is survived by his wife 18 years, Pennie Livingston Cockrel; daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Joe Carr; daughters, Angela Cockrel and Monica Dean; stepchildren and spouses, Marty and Karol Vinson, David Vinson, Doug and Kim Walker, Trenna and Don Wilger; many grandchildren, to include Derek Dean and wife, Tiffany, Miranda Wheeling and Michelle Fox; many great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Melba Cockrel of Metropolis, IL; several cousins and other family members.


The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13th at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. with Pastor Linda Parton officiating. Family and friends will gather at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 14th at East TN Veteran’s Cemetery, 5901 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923. Full military honors will be conferred.


Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children in Lexington, Kentucky. Click Funeral Home, 109 Walnut Street, Lenoir City is in charge of arrangements. 

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Robert (Bob) Lee Cockrel hosted by Click Funeral Home.

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