Milburn Richard Cockrell was born on a cotton farm in Itawamba County
Mantachie, Miss., Jan. 24, 1941, to Ershel and Onita
He was converted in a spring revival at the First Baptist Church,
in 1956, while Elder Ralph Brand was preaching a meeting and when Elder
Arthur Smith was pastor. Some days later he asked for membership
in the New Hope Baptist Church, Dorsey, Miss. The church received
him, and Elder G. S. Rayburn baptized him on Sunday afternoon in a farm
Later he moved his membership to the First Baptist Church of Mantachie. He made known his call to preach in a revival meeting at the Bethel Baptist Church, Dorsey, Miss., while Elder Carl Seal was preaching and Elder Alfred Jones was pastor. He was licensed to preach by his home church at the age of 16, and he preached his first sermon on March 22, 1957. The First Baptist Church of Mantachie ordained him on Feb. 27, 1960, the year he graduated from Mantachie High School.
During his first pastorate at the Big Oak Baptist Church, Dorsey, Miss., he married Bettie Sheron Burcham on June 7, 1960. This union was blessed with four children, Gayle, Marsha, Christopher, and Derek.
Elder Cockrell has pastored churches in Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, Kentucky, and Ohio. He has preached for 40 years on various radio broadcasts. He presently is the speaker on The Berea Baptist Broadcast heard on nine stations in the U.S. and two in the Philippines. From his pen has come many articles in Baptist papers. He is presently the founder and the editor of The Berea Baptist Banner, a paper with an international circulation.
He has authored many tracts and eighteen books. He has assisted in printing three different editions of The Berea Baptist Hymnal.
For the last several years Elder Cockrell lived near Mantachie, Miss., and pastored the Berea Baptist Church of this town.
Pastor Milburn Cockrell departed this life on September 14, 2002 at around 10:15 p.m. from a massive heart attack.
"And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?" (2 Samuel 3:38)
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