Luther LaRoc Cockrell

Luther LaRoc Cockrell, 63, of Waco, passed away Monday, September 23, 2019.

Memorial Service: 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 18, at Lake Shore Funeral Home in Waco.

LaRoc was born November 26, 1955 to Luther Monroe “Rock” and Betty Cockrell in San Diego, California.  He attended different high schools in the area and graduated from Riesel High School in 1973, and then enlisted in the U.S. Army.  When he returned, he lived in different areas around Waco, but he always considered China Spring his home.  On September 2, 1977, (yes, on Labor Day) he married Carla Springer.  They were together almost 30 years.

Roc was a journeyman electrician by trade for most of his life.  He enrolled at Texas State Technical College in Waco where he earned his degree in Computer Maintenance Technology.

Through the years, he began to understand the true meaning of family.  He loved his children, Alesha, Robin, and Ian. Roc enjoyed attending their birthday parties, school events, all sports events, and coaching several seasons of soccer.  He was always the center of attention at family gatherings on both sides, and he loved it. He had a good heart and was overwhelmed at their accomplishments and weddings.  He loved being “PawPaw” to his eight grandchildren, Tyler (the first grandchild), Kristen, Lauren, Austin, Adam, Eli, Evan, and “Princess” Ella.

Special “guy times” were going with his father-in-law, Glynn, with whom he had developed a close relationship with over the years (and mother-in-law, Bettye, too), his son, Ian; brother-in-law, Duce; life-long friends, Alfred Sulak and his son, Randy, shooting at the gun range and going to their deer lease.  He loved camping and spending hours on the Brazos with his best buddy and brother-in-law, Tim Mitchell.

Above the deer lease, the best of the best vacations were ones spent traveling with family to many different destinations and camping at KOAs.  Following each other in the caravan with motor homes or pulling campers, camping out at the Mitchell’s place on the river- those were the times most treasured.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rock.

Roc is survived by his daughters, Robin Bowman and husband, Freddie of Marlin and Alesha Crawford and husband, Aaron of New Braunfels; son, Ian and wife, Chaney of Granbury; mother, Betty Cockrell of Waco; sisters, Debi Tindle and husband, Robert, of Chalk Bluff and Kris Thompson, of Waco; brothers, Alan Cockrell of Waco and Phillip Cockrell; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, who he loved very much; and friends that he considered family.  Roc will be greatly missed by all.

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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  1. I have many fond memories of Rock when we were kids and young adults We had our ups and downs like most siblings. That’s just the way it was Even when we got our on family’s and kids, we slowly drifted a part to do our own things. We would gather at different times of the years for food and games. As we grew even older and had our own health problems we scattered even more. Me especially, I have always been a loner then and now. The expanse between us never faulted my love for him. I will see you on the other side Bubba. R.I.P. and I love you.

  2. Condolences to all who knew him , family and friends. May you rest in peace my dear brother.

  3. I loved my brother. I miss him so much already. I have started to cal him a couple of times Then I sadly realize he is gone .he always made me laugh. We loved giving each other a hard time about who was acting the oldest ! He always won haha

    • He as a great cousin! We spent many fun holidays together playing and laughing and just having fun, Sure loved Laroc!

  4. LaRoc will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace. Prayers for your family.

  5. Hey karissa how ru
    Love Donna Howze

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