Funeral services for lifelong resident and businessman, William Terrell (Bill) Cochran, 82, of Conroe will be held on Friday, January 19, 2007 at 10 a.m. in Cashner Colonial Chapel with Dr. Cliff Herrington officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in the Cochran family plot. Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, January 18, 2007 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Cashner Funeral Home.
Mr. Cochran was born May 27, 1924 in Tamina, Texas and passed away on January 15, 2007 in Conroe, Texas. He graduated from Conroe High School in 1942, and then entered WWII as a sergeant in the U. S. Army. Returning home and marrying Jackie July 9, 1949, he began a longtime career as a Conroe merchant beginning the family clothing store in December 1946 with his father, Virgil Cochran, and later his sons, Bill and Greg Cochran. He was a member of First Baptist Church serving as a deacon in many capacities. Bill was a board member of various financial institutions including Community Bank of New Caney, a past President of the Rotary Club, United Merchants of Conroe, and the Grogan Mineral Company. He also helped found the Montgomery County Fair Association, serving as the first chairman of the Buyers Committee.
Bill was preceded in death by his grandparents, Laura Grogan and Terrell (Mack) Cochran, and his parents, Lucille and Virgil C. Cochran. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jacqueline Cochran of Conroe; daughters, Susan J. Nightingale and husband Steve, Lucinda L. Marshall and husband Thad, and Linda Carol Feagin and husband Tommy, all of Conroe; sons, William T. (Bill) Cochran, Jr. and wife Kim and Gregory T. Cochran, all of Conroe; sisters, Gladys Lucille Jackson of Plano and Marion Frances Liedtke of Scottsdale, Arizona; twelve grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Numerous other relatives and friends also survive.
Pallbearers will be Gregory T. Cochran, William T. Cochran III, Jackson G. Cochran, Larry Corley, Jeff Peters, Tom Keeland, Rodney Meadows, and Dr. James Cates. Honorary pallbearers will be the Directors of the Grogan Mineral Company and members of the Conroe Rotary Club.
Contributions may be made to the Heritage Museum of Montgomery County, which was his parents’ home (Lucille and Virgil Cochran) in downtown Conroe.