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Gary Cochran

Gary Cochran

September 8, 1964 - September 19, 2017     Age: 53

Gary N. Cochran, 53, of Fernandina Beach passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at UF Health in Jacksonville, after a short illness. Mr. Cochran was born in Aiken, South Carolina a son of the Larry and Willa Roach Cochran. Gary spent much of his younger life in Waynesboro, Georgia and was a graduate of Georgia Southern University holding Bachelor of Science degrees in both Education and Communications and Public Relations.

After successful careers with the American Cancer Society in Macon, Georgia and the Georgia Department of Human Resources in Atlanta, he moved to Amelia Island to accept a position at the Ritz Carlton in 2005. At the Ritz Carlton, he enjoyed his work in Event Planning and Food Service and developed many long lasting friendships while there.

He will always be remembered as a loving son, brother and a doting uncle and someone who always enjoyed life and made things more enjoyable and better for those around him.

Mr. Cochran was predeceased by his brother, Wesley Cochran, in 2015.

His surviving family includes his mother, Willa R. Cochran; his father, Larry Cochran; a brother, Barry Cochran and his wife, Lydia, all of Fernandina Beach; nieces and nephew, Carman Cochran of Fernandina Beach and Margaret and Daniel Cochran of Cochran, GA and his best friend, Terry Jones, of Dublin, GA.

Funeral services for Mr. Cochran will be held Friday, September 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors. Burial will follow at Bosque Bello Cemetery.


5 Condolences

  • Roy K Hood Posted September 20, 2017 1:18 pm

    Larry, sorry to hear of gary’s passing

  • Gary Green Posted September 21, 2017 7:27 am

    Willa my heart hurts for you, know you are surrounded in love

  • Christine and Tony Richardson Posted September 21, 2017 11:42 am

    We were only just getting to know our new neighbors Gary and Willa and really enjoyed Gary’scompany. So sad our time of knowing him was so fleeting and our hearts go out to Willa and the Cochran family .Try and remember the good times!

  • victoria Posted September 26, 2017 10:59 pm

    I am so sad Willa. I can still see Gary’s big smile!

  • Sandy Dill Grimes Posted September 28, 2017 9:41 pm

    Willa, read of your son’s passing in the Macon News. My heart goes out to you. I believe I read of you losing a brother just recently too, also in the Macon paper. I know this has to be you, my long time friend from the early 50’s. I am SO sorry of your losses. I would love to be in contact with you as a Mother & a friend. God bless you in your time of grieving. Sincerely, Sandy

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