CORBET COCHRAN

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CORBET COCHRAN, SR.,87, went to live with the Lord Friday, January 17th, 2014. He was the third child born to Valentine Cochran and Gracie Allen on March 1st, 1927 in Buland, Kentucky. After his mother died in 1933 in Magoffin County Kentucky, Valentine married Gracie's sister, Viola Allen, briefly moved to Michigan, then settling in Willard, Huron County, Ohio adding 10 additional half brothers and sisters between Valentine and Viola. Corbet, Sr. graduated Willard High School in 1944, the first in his family to do so. He moved forward with his education at Ohio State University, but dropped out at the onset of World War II and enlisted in the US Navy. He served from 1944- 1946 in the Pacific Theater on the USS Vulcan, a submarine tender in the Philippines, the occupation of Japan and Shanghai China. He then transferred to the Air Force. Tours of duty included Travis AFB, Fairfield, CA, Grifitts AFB Rome, NY, Bordeaux Airbase Bourdeaux, France, Madrid, Spain, ACNW Squadron North Concord, Vermont, Langley Field, Hampton, Virginia, Vietnam 1962-1963 (where he volunteered in his spare time in the war torn orphanages) and Turner AFB Albany, Georgia. Temporary tours included Thule, Greenland, French Morocco, Libya, Ethiopia, Turkey, Crete, Greece, Saudi Arabia, and Azores Islands. He Honorably retired in December of 1967 at Forbes AFB Topeka, Kansas and moved to Vero Beach, Florida and resided there until his death. Service Awards are the Air Force Commendation, American Defense Award, Asiatic Pacific Award, Philippine Liberation Award, Philippine Independence Award, World War II Victory Award, Japanese Occupation Award, China Service Award, Air Force Longevity Award, Vietnam Service Award, Outstanding Air Force Unit Award and Good Conduct Award. He worked briefly at Piper Aircraft Corporation in Vero Beach, Florida and retired from Southern Bell after 20 years of service as a switchman in the main office. He was an Official Kentucky Colonel bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky. He also was the secretary for the Vero Beach Coin Club and the USS Vulcan reunion committee. He was a Life Member of VFW and served as an Honor-Guard in the VFW as a Cootie in which he participated in countless Veterans funerals. He also was a volunteer for Red Cross and volunteered for the Indian River County Veterans Service Office for total of 5 years shuttling Veterans to the VA Hospital in West Palm Beach. He was a Member of the First United Methodist Church since 1960 and served in the service of the ministry of the Pairs and Spares Sunday school class and a regular attendee of the Men's Fellowship Breakfast. "CC" as he was known, was a regular at his favorite donut shop and had many friends there. He was also a Throat Cancer Survivor. He met Emily Ellen Walker-Hassell at a marriage between their best friends and married her December 27th, 1954, later relating that "She was the most beautiful woman I have ever seen", and had three children: Corbet Cochran, Jr, of Beaufort, South Carolina, Richard Valentine Cochran and wife Mona Louise of Savannah, Georgia and Priscilla Colleen Searles and husband Gordon Paul, of Vero Beach, Florida; grandchildren Stoffer Valentine Cochran, Monica Johnson, Marci Mason, Nicole Elizabeth Melton, Heather Roxanne Piatt, and Matthew Glenn Piatt and great-grandchildren Katie Elizabeth Melton, Abigail Renae Melton, Christopher Aaron McGee, Ariel Renee Jaylynn Piatt, Josiah Tucker Aaron Piatt, and Ayden F. and Griffen Bennett Johnson, all who survive him. He is also survived by four of his thirteen siblings: his sister, Annalee Chance, of Winchester, Virginia; brothers Donald Ray Cochran of Cottonwood, Arizona; Larry Daniel Cochran of Savannah, Georgia; and James David Cochran of Shelby, Ohio. Corbet Cochran, Sr. was an Honorable Gentleman, an American Hero, and was deeply loved by all who knew him and will be sorely missed. Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Council of Indian River County, 1800 27th Street, Vero Beach, Florida 32960. A Life Celebration Service for "CC" will begin at 1:00 PM, Friday, January 24, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Vero Beach. Interment will follow at Crestlawn Cemetery in Vero Beach. Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach. A guest book is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com

Published in the TC Palm on Jan. 23, 2014
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