Rev. Thomas D. Cochran, 82, of Buena Vista, Va., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023. He was born March 24, 1940, in Radford, the son of the late George L. Cochran and Edith Sledd Cochran.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Robert Cochran, Geraldine Cochran, Alma Cochran, and Nell Brown.
Tom married Ruth, the love of his life, on June 29, 1963, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Tom was devoted to the calling of Christ. He was a minister in the Appalachian Conference IPHC for 47 years, and had read the Bible 115 times. During his career, he pastored at six churches.
Surviving are his wife, Ruth Bittinger Cochran; his children, Thomas C. Cochran and wife, Rima, and Julia C. White and husband, John; grandchildren Cortney Cochran, Isaac Cochran, Mya Cochran, Mariam Azar, Alex White and Darion Slater; and his sisters, Hope Farmer and Peggy Snoddy and husband, Larry.
A funeral service was conducted Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023, at 11 a.m. at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Chapel in Buena Vista, Va., with the Rev. W. David Bain and the Rev. Mike Dotson officiating. Burial followed at the Appalachian Conference Grounds Cemetery, Dublin.
The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Emmanuel College Christian Ministries Program; P.O. Box 129; Franklin Springs, GA 30639.
Arrangements are being handled by Bolling, Grose, and Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Buena Vista, Va.
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