Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 8, 2013

Naomi Harton Henning Cogdell


The Athens Review

Athens — ATHENS-Naomi “Nana” Harton Henning Cogdell went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ March 7, 2013.

She was born May 28, 1919 in Anderson County to the late Clinton Walker and Ethel Gertrude Wright Harton. In 1936, Naomi married Willard D. Henning. They lived in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

When Willard passed away in 1959, Naomi moved with her daughter Ethelene back to Athens. Naomi went to beauty school, and became a hair dresser. In 1967, Naomi married Bill “Papa” Cogdell. They were married until his death in 2008. Naomi and Bill were active members of First Baptist Church. They won Yard-of-the-Month two times.

Naomi and Bill had a strong sense of community. If there was a need from a neighbor or friend, she wouldn’t just bring a dish, but prepare the whole meal. Nana and Papa had a special spot in their hearts for their lovely great-granddaughter Courtnie Lynn, always preparing her favorite holiday food, Chop Suey.

Mrs. Cogdell is preceded in death by her two husbands  Willard Henning and Bill Cogdell, sisters, Captola Turlington and husband Jerome and Dorothy Marie Harton.

Survivors include daughter Ethelene Herrington, Plano, grandchildren Rob Herrington and wife Krystal, Plano, Rhonda Herrington, Grand Island, Neb. and very special great-granddaughter Courtnie Lynn Herrington, Athens, brother C. W. Harton and wife Lora, Cross Roads, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation for family and friends will be 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, at Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home.

Services are scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, March 10, 2013 at Cross Roads Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Athens Cemetery.

 If desired, memorials may be made to Henderson County Food Pantry, P. O. Box 2062, Athens, TX 75751.