Euliss Claude Cockman, Jr.,77, died Saturday, April 24, 2021 at FirstHealth Hospice House.


Euliss was native of Robbins.  He graduated from Elise High School, received a diploma in auto mechanics from Randolph Industrial Education Center; and completed certification for teaching auto mechanics from North Carolina State University. He retired as the Director of School Bus Transportation for the Moore County School System after thirty-one years of service.  Euliss loved his family and enjoyed spending time with all of them. He enjoyed a “good conversation” with anyone and never met a stranger.  He was also a history buff, especially on the history of the “Plank Road” that ran through Moore County from Salem to Fayetteville.   Of course he loved to work with his hands and “tinker”.  He was an inventor and held multiple patents for his inventions.  Euliss was the son of the late Euliss Claude and Lillian Mae Howard Cockman and was preceded in death by sister Vickie Mae Cockman Talbert.


Euliss is survived by his wife of 57 years, Doris; daughter: Darlene and husband Paul Anderson; son: Mitchell Cockman and wife Bladen Leippe;  grandchildren: Tesla and Candela Anderson; Graham, Ethan, Bryce, Addison, Emma, Hadley, Molly, and Finn Cockman; many nieces, nephews and friends.


Graveside service 1:00 PM, Thursday, April 29, 2021,  Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery, with the Reverend Sam Grist officiating. 


The body will lie in state from 3:00 to 8:00 PM, Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Kennedy Funeral Home.


Memorial may be made to UNC Heart Center, 123 West Franklin Street, Suite 51, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. 


Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the Cockman family.


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  1. Rest in peace Euliss, we have enjoyed many good times together. We will again one day. Will miss you brother.

  2. We enjoyed talking with Euliss Junior from time to time. It has been a long time since we got to do that though. Our thoughts and prayers are with all his family. All of you look to the Lord for comfort, help and strength today and in the days ahead. Read John chapter 14 for comfort.

    Paul and Linda Horner

  3. Doris, you and all your family have my Sincere Heartfelt Sympathy! I know how much you two enjoyed Traveling and Camping across country over the years and he is on the greatest journey of all! We all will take that trip one day and I have faith we will see our loved ones again! God bless and keep you!

  4. Euliss was a dear brother and friend to me. He was so talented and mentally smart with a great sense of humor. I will miss him and all the good times. Thanks, Euliss, for the memories!!! Deepest sympathy to the family.

  5. Doris and family. I was so sorry to hear about Euliss’ passing. I will miss seeing everyone at the reunions he had every year. What a wonderful time we had. Just wondering what he and Alton are talking about today. Doris just look toward the Lord and He will see you through this difficult time. Love in Christ, Janice Cole

  6. I didn’t make it to see you in time Euliss. You were such a good man and my favorite customer. We could talk forever…and loved all your jokes. I will always remember you and our laughing at the shop. You were a good one sir and gone way too soon. Thinking of Doris and family! Love you buddy.

  7. Mr. Euliss was a talented man with a special heart for children. He worked so hard to provide a way for one of my students to ride to school on the bus. It was a one of a kind invention that allowed my sweet student joy, and was indeed access to education in an innovated way. This was in a time before any mandates, we just went ahead and did the right thing. I thank Euliss again today from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate so much the memories of our collaboration. I know there’s a very special star in his crown for what he did for us. You are probably seeing my student walk now, and talk. Enjoy that, we’ll all talk about it later when we’re together in the truly accessible Heaven. Prayers for you Doris, and all the family.

  8. I remember Euliss fondly as he was always so kind and helpful to me when I worked with the special needs children in Moore County Schools. He had such great concern for all the children and once told me that he didn’t rest until all the buses came in safely at the end of the day.

  9. Doris, Mitchell, Darlene and family,
    Kim and I are grieved for you all in your loss of Euliss. Such a good friend and encourager. He was a brilliant man with vast knowledge of history and had great common sense. I appreciated that so much about him. I will miss our encounters and discussions. He and Doris were pretty much inseparable. He loved Mitchell and Darlene and all his grandkids and loved to give me a report on their progress. I will miss that. May you all be in God’s loving care in your grief and in the days to come. We love you. Bruce and Kim Williams

  10. So sorry to hear of the passing of Euliss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings, Shirley Cox

  11. From your co-workers at UNC Healthcare, CNP Lab, we extend our deepest sympathy in the passing of Mr. Cockman. From reading this lovely piece, he sounded like a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. Sending our prayers for comfort and peace.

  12. What a wonderful life to celebrate! Uncle Euliss always had a fun story to tell and a smile to share. He will certainly be missed.

    Sending lots of love and big hugs to you Aunt Doris, Darlene and Paul, Mitchell and Bladen, and all the cousins. I wish I could be there with you – y’all mean the world to me.

  13. Sending peace and love to the entire Cockman family in the recent loss of your loved one. May the pictures and memories bring you much comfort in the days and weeks ahead. We love you Paul and Darlene! Hugs, hugs and more hugs.

  14. Our sympathy for the family. Euliss Jr. was the delightful cousin in the Cockman family. His knowledge of family history was limitless. He was the perfect host for the annual reunions. Everyone loved him!

  15. Euliss Jr. was the delightful one of our cousins. Always happy and full of Cockman tales! He was the perfect host for family reunions. He will be missed! Our prayers and sympathy for his loved ones.

  16. Euliss was always full of life &
    Never met a stranger. He will be greatly missed. Doris & Family-
    We pray that you will find peace & comfort during this time of grief. You are in our thoughts &

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