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Dorothy J. Cockerham

November 13, 1940 — August 29, 2022


Dorothy J. Cockerham


Dorothy J. Cockerham, 81, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, August 29, 2022, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

She was born November 13, 1940, in Quarrier, West Virginia, the daughter of Elijah Thomas and Monnie Ethel (Carpenter) Russell.  On August 13, 1975, she married her husband of 47 years, Steven Cockerham, and he survives.

In addition to Steve, Dorothy is survived by her son, Kenny Russell of Shelbyville; brother, Glen Russell and wife, Sue, of Eskdale, West Virginia; sisters, Wanda Wood of Charleston, and Jaennette Russell of Hamilton, Ohio; grandchildren, Christy Strate and husband Scott, William White II and Craig Walton and wife, Katy; five great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Elaine Walton; brothers, Frank Russell and Kenneth Russell; and sister, Carol Gay.

Dorothy formerly worked at KCL Corporation for five years. She retired from Brazeway in 1998, with 25 years of service.

She enjoyed going fishing and playing computer games on her ipad.

Dorothy also leaves behind her dogs, Gracie and Daisy.  She was preceded by her dog, Angel.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to Noon, Friday, September 2, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will follow at Noon on Friday.

Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelbyville-Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Road, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

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