Eugene Cockrahan, 87, of Taylorville, Ill. passed into eternity on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at Taylorville Care Center.
Eugene, known by most as “Geno”, was born July 7, 1932 at St. Vincent Hospital in Taylorville, the son of Mary Susan (Spears) and William H. Cockrahan.
Geno graduated from Taylorville High School, and went on to proudly serve our country in the United States Army during the Korean War, from 1950-1953. His first job was at La Susa Shoe Shop, and then he would retire from Peabody Coal Mine No. 10 after several years.
Geno will be remembered for his involvement in Memorial Day parades, as well as being honored as Grand Marshal in the Fourth of July Parade of 2011. He was a member of the Allen Chapel AME Church in Taylorville and a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #73.
Geno was preceded in death by his parents; grandmother, Minnie Spears; two sisters Katherine “Kate” Hubbard and Beatrice “Bea” Mitchell; and his long-time companion, B. Louise Ray.
Surviving Geno to cherish his memories are two nieces, Sheila (Artis) Tang of Calif., and Sharon (Hubbard) Willis of Forsyth, Ill.; three nephews, Wilbur “Jr.” Hubbard of Texas, Richard Allen Hubbard of Forsyth, Ill., and Carl Hubbard of Taylorville, Ill.; and many great and great-grand nieces and nephews.
Visitation and Funeral Ceremony: The family will receive guests from 10:00 a.m. until the time of ceremony at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, IL 62568, with Rev. Tiney Walker officiating.
Interment will follow the ceremony at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL, with military honors provided by the American Legion Post #73, V.F.W. Post #4495, and the Department of Defense.
Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences to the family.