James Marvin Cockrum entered this life on July 31, 1946 and departed this life on January 28, 2019 at the Ridgeland Nursing and Rehab Center, Ridgeland, South Carolina. He was the son of the late David Cockrum and Lugenia Green Cockrum.
Marvin was affectionately called “Smiley”, was educated in the public schools of Colleton County and graduated from Colleton High School in 1965. After graduating from high school he was drafted into the United States Army where he served for two years with a tour in Viet Nam. Upon his return home he was employed with Hamilton’s Funeral Home, Walterboro Motor Sales and the South Carolina Highway Dept where he was a shift supervisor for the asphalt department until he retired due to his health. He was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Mozelle Jenkins , from this union one child, Kim Green, was born of whom preceded him in death. Marvin was a friendly, person that had a humble, kind, quiet spirit with a warm smile. He smiled more than he talked and that’s how he got the name “Smiley”.
He grew up in Canaan Baptist Church here in Round O, South Carolina. At a young age he joined and has been a member for life. He served on the Usher Board and the Trustee Board.
Marvin was preceded in death by his sister, Luevern Cockrum Logan and brother, Leon Cockrum.
Marvin leaves to cherish his memories three sons, Morris, Jr., Norris and Rodney all of Raleigh, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Morris III, Brittany, Briana, Kristopher, Maniah, Arissa and Jamiah; a brother, Deacon Walter Cockrum of Walterboro, S.C., two sisters, Janie Vease Beddard (Emorse) of Cleveland, Ohio; Marie Adell Cockrum of Walterboro, S.C. and a niece, Patricia C. Grant (Glenn) of Walterboro, S.C., grew up together as siblings; four sisters-in-law, Estelle Cockrum of Walterboro, SC ; Bernice Bailey of Beaufort, SC; Hazel Evans (Minister Kevin) of Albany, GA,; Cathy Chisolm (Willie) of Yemassee, S.C. a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.