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 Image: Reverend James H. Cokley, DMin. standing in front of CHMBC with passion and conviction.

THE HILL

"Developing  Disciples For Christ"

In Loving Memory of 
Reverend James H. Cokley, DMin.-Senior Pastor

 

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The Obituary of Pastor James H. Cokley

Dr. James Henry Cokley born February 6, 1959 in Andrews, South Carolina to the late Cubit Dorsey and Anna Ruth Cokley departed this life on Thursday, July 11, 2024 at home in Conway, South Carolina.

During his early years, he received his primary education in Andrews and achieved a number of firsts. He was the first Black Eagle Scout of Georgetown County, the first Black member of the Order of the Arrow, a program for honor scouts, and the first African-American male to graduate as Valedictorian of Andrews High School. After high school, he attended the University of South Carolina, majoring in Biology-Pre-Medicine.

He was born a second time in 1978 when he accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and was baptized at Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church. One year later, he acknowledged his call to the ministry, and three years later, he accepted the call to the pastorate.

During this time and throughout his life, he continued his education both formally and informally. He studied as a Preacher in Learning at Zion Baptist Church in Columbia. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina, his Master of Divinity degree in Theology from Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, SC, and his Doctor of Ministry in Parish Revitalization from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Additionally, he has completed studies both near and far, including at Oxford University in Oxford, England, and is certified in Executive Leadership from McCormick Theological Seminary.

During his pastorate, he served at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Saluda, SC, and Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Laurens, SC. For the past 26 years, he served faithfully as the Shepherd of Cherry Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Conway, SC, where he led transformative work for the Lord, growing the church spiritually, physically, fiscally, numerically, and emotionally.

In addition to his work as a Pastor, Dr. Cokley spent many years propelling Christian Education at the state level, holding positions as faculty, Assistant Dean, Dean, Vice-President, and President of the South Carolina Baptist Congress of Christian Education. At the national level, he held positions as Dean’s Specialist, Special Assistant to the Dean, Assistant Dean, Regional Vice-President, Vice-President at Large, and President of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, an arm of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.

Outside of ministry, James participated in various organizations, including the NAACP, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., the Board of Counselors of Erskine Theological Seminary, the Board of Trustees of Morris College, and the Board of Directors of the Horry County Solid Waste Authority.

After a lifetime of serving the Lord and the people of God, and 40 years of preaching the Gospel and developing disciples for Jesus Christ, he now rests in his eternal home.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife, Cindy Graham Cokley; three children, two daughters, Dr. Jami (Rett) Fowler, Bakir (Tee) Sindab and one son, D’Oscar (Christie) McCray; one foster daughter Adrienne Castaneda; four grandchildren, Savannah James, Bakir Jr, Leevi, and Laila; two foster granddaughters, Brynn and Averi; brothers and sisters, Marion Cokley, Lena English, John (Phyllis) Cokley, Geraldine Bailey, Patrina (William) Boyd, Willie Joe (Annette) Jenkins; a host of Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins; Cherry Hill Missionary Baptist Church family, and many close friends.

“Give thanks to the Lord because he is good, because his faithful love endures forever.”

1 Chronicles 16:34

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