Dan Bush Cockrum


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, Minta Chandler.

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.


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