George Cokeley, 85, of St. Marys, W.Va., formerly of Harrisville, passed away at his residence on Sept. 25, 2012, in the presence of his six children.
He was born in Harrisville, W.Va. and operated a beef cattle farm near North Bend State Park for more than 40 years. He was active in the Farm Bureau, Grange and other rural organizations. He was a director of the Union Bank of Harrisville and the West Virginia Insurance Co. At the time of his passing he was president of the insurance company; the July meeting was the first one he missed since January 1960.
George was like Will Rogers. He never met a man he did not like. His was a loving and gentle spirit. He was known for having strong character and an abiding belief in family values. He had a Jeffersonian love for the land. He was never happier than when he was working with the land, putting in hay, hoeing the garden, or feeding livestock. Besides family, his greatest joy was hunting in Ritchie County woods or wetting a line on the Elk River in Webster County. He was the happy warrior of all things outdoors.
He was preceded in death by his parents, L.L. and Blanche Cokeley, his loving wife of 45 years, Edna Cokeley; two infant granddaughters and five siblings.
He is survived by his six children, Teresa Cokeley of St. Marys, Bryan (Cindi) Cokeley of Charleston, David (Lori) Cokeley of Shultz, W.Va., Ronald (Bobbie) Cokeley of St. Marys, Lois Cokeley of St. Marys and Richard Cokeley of St. Marys; six grandchildren, Amanda, Betsy, George Hampton, Grant, Rachel, and Abigail Cokeley; and one sister, Ruth Carlson, Frederick, Md.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the St. Marys United Methodist Church with Pastor Pam Shuman officiating. Burial will follow in the IOOF Cemetery in Harrisville. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. An online guest register is available at www.ingramfh.com.