Former Mayor of Butte Dies

 James G. Cocking
Served 1921-23

     James G. Cocking, former mayor of the Mining city and an active Republican and Masonic leader in Butte, died Tuesday at the family home, 501 Colorado Street, following an illness.

     Mr. Cocking, a native of England, had been a resident of Butte for the past 51 years. For many years he was associated with a tea and coffee concern in the Mining city, but he had been in retirement for several years.

     Mr. Cocking served as head of the Butte city administration from May of 1921 until May 1923.

     He was a member of Silver Bow lodge No. 48 A. F. and A. M. of which he was a past master.  He also belonged to the following societies, Scottish Rite bodies: 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Masons; Deer Lodge Chapter No. 3, Royal Arch Masons; Zabud Council No. 2, Royal Select Masters; Montana Commandery No. 3, and Bagdad Temple of the Shrine.  He was a past master of several of these groups.

     Surviving are his widow, Mrs. May Cocking, Butte; a son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J. Ken Cremans, North Fork, Va.; a grandson, J. Lee Cremans, North Fork; the following brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Bishop, Butte; Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Dalton and Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Dalton, Reno, Nev; Earl Dalton, San Francisco, and Esther Dalton, Spokane; also several nieces and nephews.

     The body is at White’s funeral home pending arrangements.

The Montana Standard
Butte, Montana
Wednesday, December 24, 1941- Page 1

Cocking Funeral Will be Friday

     Funeral services for James G. Cocking, former mayor of Butte who died Tuesday, will be conducted Friday afternoon.

     The body will be removed prior to the services from the White mortuary to the Masonic Temple where the services will be conducted at 3:30 o’clock in the afternoon under the auspices of Silver Bow Lodge No. 48, A. F. and A. M.  The Rev. Thomas Ashworth, rector of the St. John Episcopal Church, will officiate.

     Interment will be in the family plot in the Mount Moriah cemetery.

     Mr. Cocking succumbed at the family home, 501 Colorado Street, following an illness.

The Montana Standard
Butte, Montana
Thursday, December 25, 1941
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