Lois Jean (nee Smith) Cockerham, age 87, of Liberty Township, Ohio passed away Thursday, September 21, 2023 in Kingston, Tennessee at the home of her daughter, Gale Kibler. Born in Patoka, Indiana on December 25, 1935, to George E. and Dovie I. (nee Mounts) Smith, both deceased. Reared from infancy after the death of her mother, by an aunt and uncle, Ross and Goldie Unger, also deceased. In addition to her mother, aunt & uncle, she is also preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd E. Cockerham whom she married in Princeton, Indiana in 1956; daughter, Jayne Myers; and daughter-in-law, Joan Bundren; sisters, Betty Shackelford and Ruth Ann Watson; brothers, George Maurice Smith, Kenneth E. Smith and James Smith.
Lois Jean was a 1953 graduate of Princeton High School in Princeton, Indiana. She retired in 1998 after being employed from 1972-1998 as reporter, editor, and managing editor for editorial products of the Journal Publishing Company, Pulse-Journal, and Community Press newspapers.
Lois Jean was active for years on the boards of the Lakota District Music Organization and Mason (Ohio) Food Pantry. She enjoyed New Orleans’ music and for nearly three decades, made yearly trips to that city’s Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Daughter Gale Kibler and husband, Larry of Kingston, Tennessee
Son Mark Cockerham of Middletown, Ohio
Grandchildren Katrina Holthaus and husband, Jeff of Middletown, Ohio
Matthew Linton and Kristina Wilson of Maryville, Tennessee
Great-grandchildren Natile Hartman of Middletown, Ohio
Gregory Hartman of Hamilton, Ohio
Bryce Holthaus of Middletown, Ohio
Kaitlin Linton of Atoka, Tennessee
Brady Linton of Atoka, Tennessee
Grayson Wilson of Maryville, Tennessee
Great-great-grandchildren Braxton Hartman of Middletown, Ohio
Family and friends of Lois will be receiving guests on Saturday, September 30, 2023 for a visitation from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM. A funeral service will follow beginning at 2:00 PM. Donations may be made in honor and memory of Lois to The Liberty Township Historical Society.