Jimi Ann Cocke was born November 15, 1940 in Moyers, Oklahoma to Bernie Fitch Moyer and Lorena (Pullen) Moyer. She passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at the age of 80.
Jimi Ann graduated from Moyers High School in 1958. She attended East Central University in Ada then worked for Braniff International Airways before returning to Pushmataha County.
Jimi Ann married John Howard Cocke on July 14, 1962 at the First Baptist Church of Antlers, Oklahoma. John and Jimi adored each other and their lives were full of adventure. From their offices—first downtown, then on West Main, and finally on East Main—Jimi and John “Sold Southeast Oklahoma to the World” for four decades. Jimi also sold antiques and collectibles from her beloved Jimi’s House of Antiques. She loved refinishing furniture as well as collecting many different things from cranberry glass to rocks. When her girls were growing-up she was the fun mom and was well known as a great storyteller.
For many years, and like her mother before her, Jimi was a member of the Antlers Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha. During those years ESA supported the construction of a city swimming pool and provided and maintained playground equipment for city parks. Jimi was always proud of those accomplishments.
Jimi loved working outside, in later years from her John Deere tractor. She was never too far from a pair of loppers. While unverified, her family thinks she may hold the world record for cutting down eastern red cedar trees in one lifetime. Jimi Ann had a knack for burning brush piles. Jimi was an avid reader and never went anywhere without a book.
Most importantly, Jimi was a devoted wife to John, mother to her girls, grandmother and best friend to Nicholas, and great-grandmother to Clara Ann. She loved deeply, lived a life of complete fulfillment, and put her family above all else. She will be missed so much.
Jimi Ann is survived by her husband, John H. Cocke of Antlers, Oklahoma; daughter Jona Ann Tucker of Broken Bow; daughter Jana Lea and husband Quintron of New Orleans; special daughter, Pamela Diane Matthews and husband Jacky Dean of Antlers; grandson Nicholas Tucker and wife Kelsey, along with great-granddaughter Clara Ann of Kellond. She is also survived by nieces and nephews Brad Riggan of Oklahoma City; Diane Inman and husband Darryl of Edmond; Lori Tiffee and husband Rod of Frisco, Texas; Russell Spence of Piedmont; Scott Pace and wife Stacie of Antlers; Alan Pace and wife Sandy of Tuttle; Lydia Gore and husband Larry of Edmond.
A memorial service for Jimi Ann Cocke will take place at 6:00 pm on Friday, June 11, 2021 at Jimi and John’s longtime home at 188894 State Highway 2, Kellond, Oklahoma, with Brent Franks officiating. Friends and family are invited. Rubber boots are recommended. In lieu of flowers, and at Jimi’s request, the family would ask instead that you spend some time outside with someone you love.
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