Clinel Cockrell was born May 1, 1928 to the union of Jack and Maybelle Cockrell in Alden Bridge (Bossier Parish), Louisiana. He graduated from J. S. Clark High School in 1946. Upon graduation he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps Branch. He was assigned as a cook to Headquarters Pacific Air Command in Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Hawaii. There he prepared and served thousands of meals for hungry soldiers in the chow hall and in the field. Clinel was Honorably Discharged upon completion of his term of service.
On December 31, 1949, he was joined in marriage to Helen Marie Aldredge and remained in this union for over 67 years. He served as Sunday School Superintendent for many years at Haskins Chapel Methodist Church until his move to Denver.
In 1960, Clinel and Helen united with the former Scott Methodist Episcopal Church (now Scott United Methodist Church) at 22nd and Ogden Street in Denver. During those early years, Clinel was a member of the Young Adult Sunday School Class. He served his church faithfully until his health began to fail. He was a Lay Leader of the church, a member of the Administrative Board, Chair of the Administrative Council, the Chaplain of the United Methodist Men, a Stephen Minister, a member of the Male Chorus, a Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent of the Sunday School. He and his wife, Helen, undergirded the prayer ministry for the first Capital Campaign which led to the erection and consecration of the sanctuary now occupied by the members and friends of Scott United Methodist Church.
Clinel worked as a Supervisor at Denver Dry Goods Company and later retired from the Public Service Company of Denver.
Clinel was an avid sports fan dating back to the Brooklyn Dodgers and later the Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos.
In the past few years Clinel and Helen had received loving care by Helen's nephew Lloyd Smith who recently passed. Lloyd's son, Anton Smith, and Ron Green, Sr. stepped in to continue that care for Clinel and Helen.
Clinel will be fondly remembered for his warm smile, his soft spoken manner, his kind spirit and his unwavering love of God.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, Jack and Maybelle Cockrell and brothers John Hersey Cockrell and A.D. Cockrell. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Helen; his sister-in-law Christine Ruth Cockrell, Missouri City, TX; nieces Cynthia Cockrell Winston, Fort Worth, TX, Camille Cockrell Rosenthal, Houston, TX, Toxie Cockrell, Houston, TX; nephew John Cockrell, Jr., Houston, TX and a host of great nieces, nephews and friends.