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Published on Mar 1, 2012

In loving memory of Harold Payne "Bud" Rockett (1918 - 2012)


Harold Payne Rockett passed away Sunday, Feb. 26, at his home in Pittsburg. He was born in Midlothian, Texas, in 1918, and lived a full and rich 93 years.

Harold was a veteran of World War II, serving his country as a first lieutenant in the United States Army in the Pacific Theater. He was an example to all who knew him of "America's Greatest Generation," a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and friend to all who knew him.

"Bud" was married for 67 years to Jean Carson Rockett, living with his young family of four children in Dallas, where he had his own plumbing and heating business. Harold relocated his family to East Texas in 1961 settling in the Gladewater area. He was a construction supervisor for Drew Woods Company overseeing projects throughout Texas.

In retirement, Bud was an avid supporter of his wife's business, Rockett Realty, but still found time to teach all of his grandchildren how to fish, water ski, and live life to the fullest as he did every day.

He is survived by two sons and their wives, Robert Harold Rockett and wife Debbie of Tyler, and Dale Ray Rockett and wife Vicki of Pittsburg; two daughters and their husbands, Renita Rockett Shofner and husband Jim of Tulsa, Okla., and Nikki Rockett Jones and husband Wayne of Waco; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, Rob and Stacey Shofner of Tulsa, Okla., and children Jackson and Olivia, Lainie and Paul Allmon of Atlanta, Ga., and children Grayson and Blue, Ellen and Michael Bolotin of Brooklyn, N.Y., and son Sammy, Julie Rockett of Ft. Collins, Colo., Kristie and Chad Sokolosky of McKinney, and children Brooklyn and Ty, Laurie Rockett of Tyler, Russell Rockett of Tyler, Ryan Rockett of Big Sandy, Roger and Sandy Davidson of Hallsville, and daughters Madison, Lacie, and Jessica, Michael and Amy Davidson of Mount Pleasant and children Karrigan, Katelyn, Dillon, and Michaila, Shane and Lauren Davidson of Liberty City, and son Carson; and great-great grandchild, Laia Lynchard of Hallsville. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Nelle Coppage Cain of Dallas; nephews and their families, Jim and Sue Brandenburg, Ken and Sandy Coppage, Dean and Patsy Coppage and Charles and Jane Coppage.
He was preceded in death by parents, Frank Childs Rockett and Linnie Maude Shelby Rockett; his wife, Helen Jean Rockett; sisters, Lillian Tuggle and Evelyn McNeill; and brother, Frank Rockett.

Burial was at Shiloh Cumberland Cemetery in Ovilla.

Contributions can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in memory of Harold and Jean Rockett at 706 Haddon Field Road, Cherry Hill, N.J. 08002.

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