Cockram, William Randolph

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William Randolph Cockram, 74, of Floyd went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 2, 2009. Born in Patrick County on December 25, 1934, he was a lifelong resident of Floyd County. He was the former co-owner of Floyd Farm Service and a lifelong farmer in the Tuggles Gap area. He enjoyed taking care of cattle, working the hay and growing tomatoes.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Mr. & Mrs. Pearl N. Cockram; brothers, Raymond, Eugene and Tommy Cockram.

Surviving are his loving wife, Mary Underwood Cockram; two sons, Lelan and wife Becky, of Roanoke, Brian and wife Alison, of Radford; daughter, Kathy Vest and husband Mike, of Blacksburg; grandchildren, Daryn Cockram and wife April, of Blacksburg, Bradly Cockram and wife Amber, of Floyd, Jameson and Natalie Cockram, of Radford, Aaron, Joel and Ashlyn Vest of Blacksburg; five great-grandchildren; several step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers, Welby Cockram and wife Patsy, of Floyd, Freeman Cockram and wife Helen, of Floyd; six sisters, Myrtle Compton, of Floyd, Corine Belcher and husband Clyde, of Floyd, Joyce Hawkes and husband Ben, of Kernersville, NC, Linda Dickerson and husband Roger, of Floyd, Elaine Harris and husband Randall, of Roanoke, Loretta Smith and husband Carlis of Radford; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at Gardner Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Blackwell and son-in-law, Pastor Mike Vest officiating. Interment will follow at Lee Cemetery, Tuggles Gap.

The family will receive friends on Friday December 4, 2009 at Gardner Funeral Home from 5 until 7 p.m. Online condolences may be made to the family at