Dan was born to Marion and Aurora Bush
Cockrum July 29, 1911, in Priddy, Mills County, Texas. When Dan
was a young boy, he and his family moved to Post where he
attended Post schools and grew to adulthood.
Dan married the former Sybil Lorene Marable
July 24, 1938, at the First Christian Church in Post.
He worked for Ed Warren at the Post Dispatch
for 20 years before taking a job as a Linotype operator at The
Lubbock Avalanche Journal. In 1950 he and Robert Cato created
and printed the Post Shopping News in Post for a short period of
time before he decided to establish his own printing and office
supply business in Post, Cockrum Printing and Office Supply.
During his printing career, he developed and marketed nationally
for several years a four-color business card press under the
corporate name of Cockrum Enterprises.
As a side profession he worked for Joseph I. O’Neil as an oil
field lease operator for many years before retiring to spend
full time with his printing business and the production and
sales of his four-color card presses.
Dan was a member of Boy Scout Troop 16 when it was formed in
Post with Marshall Mason as the first Scout Master. He later
served as an Assistant Scout Master of Troop 16 in the late
1940s. He also served more than 20 years on the Post Volunteer
Fire Department and he was a member of the local Masonic Lodge
for 63 years and member of the Shiva Shrine Temple.
During their life together Sybil and Dan enjoyed travel and
visited Europe, the Caribbean, and Australia/New Zealand as well
as most of the United States in their leisure time making long
lasting friendships where ever they went.
Dan died peaceably in his sleep Wednesday, January 17, 2007, at
Lynnwood Assisted Living in Tahoka . Survivors included his wife
Sybil of Tahoka; one son, Dan E. and wife Lynda of Carlsbad, New
Mexico; three grandchildren; Michael and his wife Veronica of
Grand Canyon, Arizona; Kimberly and Andrea Cockrum, both of San
Antonio, Texas and two great-grandchildren; Daniel A. and
Katelyn E. Cockrum of Grand Canyon, Arizona. He was preceded in
death by both parents, brothers Bryan and Jack and a sister,
His services were at 2 p.m. Saturday January 20, 2007 at the
First Baptist Church in Post with the Rev. Steve McMeans of
Lubbock, officiating. Burial followed in the Terrace Cemetery.
Source: Dan E.