Born February 17, 1924 in Denton, TX to John William and Eskel Delilah Elrod Cogdell, Jimmie Ray Cogdell passed away quietly in his sleep on February 11, 2014, just 6 days shy of his 90th birthday. Following in his father's footsteps, he began in the trade of roofing before enlisting in the Army on March 5, 1943 at Fort Sam Houston, TX. A WWII veteran, Jimmie proudly served his country in the 37th Infantry Division as a radio operator, marksman and grade 4 technician in the Northern Solomons Campaign in Luzon, Philippines. A recipient of the Purple Heart, he also received two Bronze Stars and a Bronze Arrowhead in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with a Bronze Star, four Overseas Service Bars with a Bronze Star, A Good Conduct Medal and Victory Ribbon. After his discharge from the Army, he spent several years in roofing, as well as the insurance business. A devoted Mason for 62 years; he was also a member of the Park Place Lodge #1172 in Houston. An avid fisherman, Jimmie loved spending time on the coast at his lake home on Demi John Island in Freeport, TX. He also loved spending time with his family and friends at his home in Streetman, TX, near Lake Richland Chambers. He is survived by his loving wife, Oletha Oden Cogdell of the home; stepchildren, Michael Hawkins and wife, Lynette, Jimmy Hawkins, Jerry Hawkins and wife, Suzanne all of Denison, TX and Marla Morris and husband, Mike of Sherman, TX; nephews, Mickey and Richard Eastman, Mark and Rusty Ristivo; nieces, Sherry Eastman Chasteen and Carol Ristivo; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Mary Cogdell Eastman and Johnnie Cogdell. Family night will be Wednesday, February 12th at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in Mexia from 4 to 6 p.m. A Masonic service will be held on Thursday, February 13th at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in Mexia at 1:00 p.m. A Military service and interment will be held at South Park Cemetery in Pearland, TX on Friday, February 14th at 1:00 p.m. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Jeremy Morris, Jayton and Weston Hawkins and good friends, Donnie Middleton, Eddie Compton and Kenneth League. Honorary pallbearers will be nephew Mickey Eastman and good friends, Bill Massey and Steve Hoyt.
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home
Thursday, February 13th, 2014 1:00pm, Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home
Service Extra Info Graveside services will be 1:00 p.m.,Friday, February 14, 2014 in South Park Cemetery, 1310 N. Main St., Pearland, Texas 77581.