Cockram, Freeman Alvis

Cockram, Freeman Alvis 4Freeman Alvis Cockram, 87, of Floyd, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday July 8, 2024 at home surrounded by his family. He met the love of his life Helen Reed and married her in 1959. They enjoyed 65 years of marriage.

He was a dedicated member of the Tuggles Gap Baptist Church for all of his adult life. Freeman and his brother Randolph owned and operated Floyd Farm Service for many years. During that time the band Bluegrass Travelers practiced weekly in the “feed and seed” store. Freeman purchased Conner’s Store next door and renamed it Cockram’s General Store and they started practicing there. They started attracting a crowd and this is how the Friday Nite Jamboree was born. Freeman was well known for his generosity, kindness, selflessness and he never met a stranger.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Pearl and Lissie Cockram, five brothers, and two sisters. Survived by his wife of 65 years: Helen Reed Cockram; one son; David Cockram (Beverly); two daughters: Jeanette Chaffin (Stanley), Lisa Bowman (Mike); five grandchildren: Matthew Cockram, Lauren Cockram (Brandon), Cameron Chaffin (Whitney), Caleb Chaffin (Marlena), Amber Abate (Jonathan); two step-grandchildren: Blane Chaffin (April), Shannon Chaffin (Shannon); several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; four sisters: Corine Belcher, Betty Joyce Hawkes (Ben), Elaine Harris (Randel), Loretta Smith (Carlis).

Funeral Services will be Saturday July 13, 2024 at 1:00 PM at Gardner Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Bowman, Pastor Brian Cockram, and Pastor Roy Turpin officiating. Interment will follow in Lee Cemetery, Tuggles Gap. Family will receive friends Friday July 12, 2024 from 5 until 7 PM at Gardner Funeral Home.

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