Edrie Ophelia Cockerham Tynes

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 21, 2020

June 26, 1934 – Feb. 20, 2020

Natchez — Services for Edrie Ophelia Cockerham Tynes, 85, of Natchez, who died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Vidalia will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Laird Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Stephen Wyles officiating.

Burial will follow at Mixon Cemetery in Magnolia, Mississippi under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

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Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Laird Funeral Home.

Mrs. Tynes was born June 26, 1934, in Amite County, the daughter of Gordon Dean Cockerham and Audrey Travis Cockerham.

She and her husband were Christians and active members of Morgantown Baptist Church. On their trips to Arkansas with the Nail Benders to help build churches, she made bibs and lap robes for the nursing homes in the area. She later continued sewing clothing for children to be used on mission fields or disaster areas. In addition to sewing, she loved to bowl and genealogy research.

Mrs. Tynes was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Charles Rayford Tynes; twin infant daughters; her parents; sisters, Jewell Freeman and Thelma Simmons.

She is survived by her daughter, Beverly and husband Charles E. Chalmers, Jr. of Vidalia; son, James S. Tynes of St. Charles, Missouri; grandchildren, Sara Medina of St. Charles, Missouri, Charles E. Chalmers, III of Beloit, Kansas, Abby Chalmers of Vidalia, Candice Tynes Smith and husband Shaun of Durham, North Carolina; great-granddaughter Ava Medina of St. Charles, Missouri; and sister Gordean Coulter of Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Memorials may be made to Morgantown Baptist Church or your favorite charity.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at lairdfh.com.