Julie Ilene Cockman, age 82, entered into heaven on July 13, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. 

A native of Moore County, she was the daughter of the late James Rufus Williams and Essie Ann Frye Williams.

 Ilene loved working in her flower gardens, reading her bible, cooking for family, and spending time with loved ones. She worked many years in the textile mills and raised chickens. 

Ilene was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Lois Williams Vest, and her loving husband of 49 years William Felt Cockman. 

She is survived by her daughter Katrina Burns and husband Randall, Julia Stewart and husband Randall, and son Keith Cockman and wife Cathy. 

Grandchildren, Nicholas Burns, Daniel Burns, Samantha Burns, Melanie Stewart, and Matthew Stewart. 

She is also survived by her sister Marjorie Williamson. 

Funeral services will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Southern Pines, NC, with Pastor Gregg Newton officiating. The body will be open for viewing at 2 PM prior to the service. The family will receive family and friends at Ilene’s resident on Thursday, July 15, 2021 and Friday, July 16, 2021 from 4-8 pm. 

Memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, PO Box 386, Southern Pines, NC 28327.

Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cockman family.

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Memories Timeline


  1. Katrina,Julie,Keith, I am so sorry to hear this !! Your mom was a special lady. I remember all the times we visited y’all. All the frog gigging, she will be greatly missed!!! Sending Prayers for you all!!!

  2. To Ilene’s family. We were saddened to learn of her passing. She was such a sweet, kind and loving lady. May God bless each of you in the days ahead, and God has promised, we will see our loved ones again. Love and Prayers. Charlie and Brenda Garner-Cassady

  3. We are so sorry for your loss. She was a special lady. Always enjoyed talking with her at ballgames and such. I know you will miss her so much but we know you will see her again. Please know we care and hold you in our prayers. May God enfold you in His loving arms.

  4. My condolences to the Cockman family. I did not know Ms. Ilene personally but work I with her daughter who is one of the sweetest person I know and I am grateful for crossing paths with her. Now I know where she gets her sweet sweet spirit from. Just by reading the Bio above and seeing all of the wonderful comments that were made, I can tell Ms. Ilene was definitely a VIRTIOUS WOMAN (Proverbs 31:10). Praying everyone’s strength in Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

  5. Julia, Randall, Melanie, and Matthew, so sorry for the loss of your dear mom! What a wonderful lady, I knew her from Ithaca always gracious and pleasant to be around! I know she will be greatly missed, love and prayers to your family!

  6. Katrina,Julia and Keith and all of Ilenes family I am so sorry for your loss! I grew up next door and always looked up to her! A true friend for life and I know you will miss her! You all have my sincere sympathy and prayers! Cherish your memories and know she is with the Angels and will always be with you in your heart!

  7. Ms. Cockman was the sweetest lady! I will miss her precious smile and encouraging words! – Teresa Talbert

  8. Julia and family so sad for you in the loss of Mom pray for you all comfort that no one can give like our Lord Jesus ,we love you so much . Jerry, Helen ,Mark ,Austin ,Chris . Prayers for all !

  9. I always enjoyed being around Ilene. She was a gentle, kind and compassionate lady who loved her family. One more relative I look forward to being with in heaven one day.
    Wanda Hunsucker Cheek Linville
    Pilot Mountain, NC

  10. My mother Carolyn Benjamin was good friends with her. She came up to my house and stayed with my grandmother when my mother was in the hospital. She was a sweet lady. So sorry to hear about this.

  11. My family will miss Grandma Ilene. She was such a kind and loving person. From the moment I met her she accepted me and my family as her own. She will be greatly missed by us. Katrina, we love you and we are praying for your family.

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