Gerald A. “ Jerry ” Cockerham, 61, of Orange, passed away Saturday, Dec. 21, at his residence after a lengthy illness.  He was born Jan. 29, 1952 in Orange,  to Frances Ann (Nezat) Cockerham and Gerald Dean Cockerham, and was a lifelong resident of Orange. He was an operator in the construction industry, and was of the Catholic Faith.
Jerry was a very simple kind of man who enjoyed fishing, boating, being out on the water and spending time with his friends and family.
Jerry is preceded in death by his father; niece, Trixie Broussard; brother-in-law, Ira Davis, and his wife’s stepfather, Mason Myers.
Those who will most cherish his memory are his loving wife of 17 ½ years, Mona Davis Cockerham of Orange; mother, Frances Cockerham of Vinton, La.. Children include a daughter, Amanda Sonnier of Orange; and three sons, Jason Cockerham, Scott Cockerham and Chris Cockerham all of Orange. Other loved ones include two sisters, Ellen Broussard and husband, Kenny, and Janice Campbell and husband, Robbie all of Orange; numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
A gathering of Jerry’s family and friends will be from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27,  at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.  Graveside services to honor Jerry’s life will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28,  at the Davis Cemetery in Bon Weir, with Deacon Harvey DuBois officiating.
Honoring Jerry as pallbearers are Kenny Broussard, David Foreman, Tim Martin, James Martin, Greg Varela and James Mitchell.  Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Davis, Billy Davis, Jim Nesbitt, Josh Perez, and Robbie Campbell.
Jerry’s family wishes to extend special thanks to the following:the  Staff at Complete Home Health, The Eagle’s Lodge # 2523,  The Eagle Riders Group of Orange, The New Century Hospice Care Team of Beaumont and to all of the friends and family that helped to care for Jerry during his final days, especially Edith Myers, Marie Granger and Kim Mitchell.
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