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Turner James Cockrell

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Turner James Cockrell, age 21, of Acworth, Georgia, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2018. Turner was born in Atlanta, Georgia and was a life-long resident of Cobb County. He graduated from Allatoona High School in 2016. He attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN where he majored in Medicine, Health, and Society.

While at Vanderbilt, he interned for Special Olympics during the summer of 2018. As a gifted athlete, Turner participated in a variety of sports from a young age. While at Allatoona, he was a varsity letter winner in lacrosse and football, a member of the state championship football team and earned a host of academic and athletic awards. Due to his commitment to both academics and athletics, Turner earned a scholarship to Vanderbilt University where he wore number 82 as a tight end for the Commodores. In the Spring of 2018, he was presented the Godfrey Dillard award for perseverance and courage by the Vanderbilt Athletic Department.

Turner was a young man of faith and exceptional character with a relentless work ethic. His larger- than-life personality, sense of humor and infectious smile garnered him many true and loyal friends throughout his life. Turner is survived by his parents, Randy and Noelle; brother Parker and sister Katheryn, all of Acworth; maternal grandmother Irene Noell Turner of Galax, VA; paternal grandparents James and Shirley Cockrell of Woodstock, VA; several aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family. He is predeceased by his maternal grandfather Claude E. Turner. 

A memorial service will be held at North Star Church in Kennesaw on Monday, December 17th at 4 pm with visitation immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center or The V Foundation for Cancer Research

14 Comments To "Turner James Cockrell"

Jasmyn On Dec 08 2018 at 3pm
Dear Cockrell Family I am sincerely heartbroken over your loss. I didn't know him personally, but he appears to be a loving, kind man raised in a loving family. I can only imagine the overwheling grief you are experiencing at this difficult time. I pray you are comforted by the words at Psalms 34: I 8 that assures us that God is close to those brokenhearted and - Psalm 34:15 that God hears our cries during our distress. I hope are comforted beyond measure and rely on the comfort from our god and your friends and family. Reply to this comment
Leo DeFranco On Dec 07 2018 at 11pm
Noel and Randy, I am so sorry for your loss. Turner and your family are in my prayers. God bless. Reply to this comment
Leo DeFranco On Dec 07 2018 at 11pm
Noel and Randy. I am so sorry for your loss. Turner and your family are in my prayers. God bless. Reply to this comment
Trakel lyas On Dec 07 2018 at 11am
I would like to send my thoughts and condolences to the Cockrell family I never met him personally but my son shared some time with him this summer interned for the special olympics . I just asking my son how was he doing over thanksgiving holiday. He said didn’t know? But again my condolences to his mother and the The entire family Reply to this comment
Ginny Jarvis On Dec 05 2018 at 9pm
Or hearts ache for Turner’s family, friends, and communities. Turner made a lasting impression and will be missed so. Reply to this comment
Dan De Vita On Dec 05 2018 at 9pm
I am so sorry for your loss. May God hold your family in his arms and bring you some comfort as he is now holding Turner. Reply to this comment
Connie Sanders On Dec 05 2018 at 9pm
Randy, Noelle, Parker and Katheryn, my heart goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God wrap His loving arms of comfort around you and hold you tight during this most difficult time. Don't dwell on the sadness and loss but rejoice in all the wonderful memories you have of dear Turner. I love you and are holding you in my prayers. Love your cousin Connie Reply to this comment
Baldwin Relay4Life On Dec 03 2018 at 4pm
Our hearts go out to the Turner Family. Many thoughts and prayers from the members of the Baldwin County, Georgia Relay for Life. Anchors down in Heaven, Turner. We will keep up the fight here until we can have the honor of meeting you on the other side. Reply to this comment
David Cunningham On Dec 03 2018 at 10am
I was honored to play a small part in Turner’s life when he attended Durham Middle School. God had a plan for Turner and he played it well. He was a great young man and from what I hear an even greater man. This world will be worse off without him but it will be heavens gain. I am so sorry he had to leave so soon and I am praying for you all for a sense of purpose and peace when you think of Turner. God bless you all. Reply to this comment
James Stearns On Dec 03 2018 at 10am
Randy, I know the loss your family is feeling. Please know your DEA family is with you all. Find comfort knowing you all raised a wonderful person who God now has a greater need for. God bless you and your family. Jim and Ellen, Reply to this comment
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