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

15 Comments To "Turner James Cockrell"

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
Patsye Luttrell Farmer On Dec 02 2018 at 5pm
What a handsome young man, my thoughts are with his family. My husband also passed away from aggressive melanoma and received his treatment at MD Anderson. This drew my attention because my mother was a Cockrell, many years ago from Tennessee I believe. The name and disease caused me to want to express my sorrow for your loss. Reply to this comment
Ron Rouis On Dec 02 2018 at 5pm
So sad to hear about Turner. I didn’t know him or any of his family, but we now share a regrettable bond. In Jan 2013, we lost our youngest daughter, Nicole, to metestatic melanoma. She was diagnosed at Stage 4 in Oct 2012. She was 25. Nearly 6 years later, we remain broken-hearted and miss her everyday. My heart aches for the Cockrell family. I wish them peace and comfort knowing that Turner is no longer in pain and that they will see him again someday. Sounds like a wonderful young man, taken from us way too soon. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with the Cockrell family. God bless. Reply to this comment
Lori Molander On Dec 02 2018 at 5pm
My heart is broken. I cannot express the depth of my sadness for your loss, everyone’s loss. Wishing you moments of peace in this traumatic time. Reply to this comment
Audrey Muccio On Dec 02 2018 at 5pm
Prayers for God’s comfort to all the family and loved ones. Reply to this comment
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