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Shirley Lawhorn “Kitty” Bocock




Shirley Lawhorn “Kitty” Bocock, 86, of Huntington, WV, died Friday, October 23, 2020, at her residence.

Kitty was born May 30, 1934 in Greenbrier County, WV; a daughter of the late Carl and Mary Lawhorn and was one of five children.

Shirley “Kitty” Gray Bocock, has worked in radio sales and management for 54 years. She started as an account executive at WNXT Radio in Portsmouth, OH, and was the only woman in radio sales in the region in 1956. She has worked as sales manager and general manager at radio stations in Huntington; Binghamton, NY; Buffalo, NY; and Hilton Head, SC.

She retired but moved back into sales and promotions at the six Kindred Communications stations in Huntington, WV. The highlight of her career was being selected as a member of the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Her brothers, James, Stewart and Kenneth, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sister, Bonnie McFarland and brother-in-law George. Shirley married Robert L. Bocock (1933-1997) in 1956. They had two daughters, Robin L. Bocock and Kelli G. Natale (Joseph). She is also survived by nieces, a nephew and great nephews.

If attending, please wear facial covering and honor social distancing. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, October 26, 2020, at Chapman’s Mortuary. Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at Chapman’s Mortuary, Huntington, with Pastor Jerry Matt officiating. Burial will be in Woodmere Memorial Park.

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Chapman’s Mortuary, Huntington, WV is assisting the family.

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