Dortha Cocker

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Dortha Lee Cocker, nee Ferrell, 88, of Decatur, GA, formerly of Belleville, IL, born November 23, 1928 in Morehouse, MO, died Tuesday, August 8, 2017, in Decatur, GA.

Dortha was a former member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Belleville for 20 years and served on the church council.  She worked as a customer service representative for J.C. Penny before her retirement. She was an avid Atlanta Braves baseball fan, enjoyed bingo, reading, and quilting, and especially loved spending time with her cherished grandchildren.

Mrs. Cocker was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Haggard who died on December 11, 1972; her second husband, Charles Cocker who died on January 28, 1994; a daughter, Deborah Brandmeyer; her parents, Lyle and Pauline, nee Neal, Ferrell; a brother, Rev. Harold Ferrell; a sister, Frances Wilson; and a stepson, Michael Cocker.

Surviving are her three children, Barbara (Gary) Willman of Shiloh, IL, Robert Haggard of Buford, GA, and Brian Haggard of Atlanta, GA;
a step-son, Roger (Vicki) Cocker of Collinsville, IL;
nine grandchildren, Andrew Brandmeyer, Clare (Brandon) Hoernis, Cameron Willman (fiancé Shannon Reid), Kathryn (Jake) Nolan, Christopher (Danielle) Haggard, Justin (Lauren) Haggard, Lindsey Haggard, Amy (Josh) Heater, and Ryan (Kaitlyn) Cocker;
13 great-grandchildren;
three sisters, Wanda Brown, Audrey (Sam) Ritter, and Bonnie (Tom) Shevlin;
a sister-in-law, Shirley Ferrell;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Unity Church of Christ, to the Leukemia Society, or to the American Heart Association.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 11, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Corey Hartz officiating.

Burial will be at Shiloh Valley Township Cemetery, Shiloh, IL.


2 Comments on Dortha Cocker

Vicki and Wiley Matthews said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2017 at 2:05 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Cumming
  • GA
Jack Haggard said : Guest Report Aug 10, 2017 at 11:39 AM

So sorry to hear about aunt Dot's passing

  • Troy
  • Illinois

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