- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Jack William Cokely, a retired Air Force master sergeant, died of lung disease Jan. 26 at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in the District. He was 77.

Born July 14, 1928, in Springville, Pa., Sgt. Cokely lived in Haines City, Fla., for much of his life, and moved to the District permanently in 1999.

Sgt. Cokely joined the Army Air Forces in 1946. He served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and retired from the Air Force as a master sergeant in 1966. He was the recipient of a Bronze Star.

He was stationed in the D.C. area several times throughout his 20 years of service.

After his military career, he worked as a carpenter, truck driver and air-traffic controller. He was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local No. 281.

Survivors include a son, William E. Cokely of Montrose, Pa.; a daughter, Cynthia A. Kane of Bradenton, Fla.; and a sister, Retha Smith of Great Bend, Pa.

Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 61 Broadway, sixth floor, New York, N.Y. 10006 (www.lungusa.org); or the American Heart Association, National Center, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231 (www.americanheart.org).


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