Max Edward Hockle, Jr., 88, of Jackson, passed away peacefully at home on September 19, 2015.

He was born May 7, 1927, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to Max and Ozetta Mackey Hockle.  He is survived by a daughter, Cheri of Hayden, Idaho; a brother, Joe (Joann) of St. Louis; a sister, Pauline of St. Louis; and numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

On September 3, 1955, he married Pansy Lay (who later changed her name to Patrish) in Hernando, Mississippi.  She preceded him in death June 18, 2014.  Max joined the Merchant Marines during WWII, serving on a ship where he saw many parts of the world.  When the Korean War broke out, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in Korea from 1950-1952.  After his discharge, he worked at different places before working at LaClede Gas Company.  He retired from there after 20 years of service.  He still continued to work at various places after retirement.  He was no stranger to hard work.

A graveside service was held 2:00 p.m. September 28, at New Salem Methodist Church in Daisy.  Rev. Jim Matthews, pastor at Cape County Cowboy Church officiated.

McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson was in charge of arrangements.

Max always made friends everywhere he went, and he had many of them.  He would always lend a hand to anyone who was in need.  He was a man with a big heart who deeply loved the Lord, and was a member of Cape County Cowboy Church. He was one of any people who built the church.  He will be missed by those people he loved… his church family.  One of his biggest delights was going down daily to the Jackson Senior Center to enjoy a meal and visit with his friends.

Dad, although you are gone, I know you are in your heavenly home and are no longer suffering. I would not wish you back to suffer longer, I will so deeply miss you, but I know that I will see you again one day.

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