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Stephen Cochran

March 24, 1954 — December 24, 2022

Stephen Dorsey Cochran, age 68, of Morganton, Georgia, passed away Saturday, December 24, 2022, at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Stephen was born March 24, 1954, in Blue Ridge, Georgia to Dorsey and Edith Cochran. 

Stephen began working as a young man with his dad Dorsey, at Cochran Filling Station and Auto Parts in Morganton. He then followed his father's entrepreneurial spirit later owning and operating the parts store with his brother, Max. Steve began working with Oscar Henry at Henry Funeral Home and ambulance service during high school. He went on to obtain his degree from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, fulfilling a dream of becoming a funeral director since the age of eight. In 1981 Steve and Max took ownership of their first funeral home in Blairsville, Georgia. They continued to expand Cochran Funeral Home locations to surrounding communities serving families in Blairsville, Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Murphy, and Hiawassee. Through Cochran Funeral Homes, Steve has faithfully supported countless individuals in their greatest time of need.

Steve married the love of his life, Debra Cochran on October 20, 1974. Together their greatest accomplishment was raising and providing for their three sons. He enjoyed traveling with his family, riding the golf cart in Myrtle Beach, and collecting western boots. Steve enjoyed working on projects and had the ability to master whatever he set his mind to. He was an extreme visionary always looking toward the future with hope.

Steve was a devout Christian and believed the church was an integral part of family life. He served as a deacon and member of First Baptist Church in McCaysville. Over the years he has served the church in various capacities. Steve sought to promote the welfare of the community by holding roles such as President of the Union County Lions Club and as a former Gideon. 

Steve was best known as a faithful and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

Stephen was preceded in death by his father, Dorsey Cochran; his mother, Edith Cochran, and brother, Charlie Cochran.

He is survived by his spouse Debbie Cochran; son, Josh (Brandy) Cochran; son, Gabriel (Amanda) Cochran; and son, David (Darlena) Cochran. He is survived by four grandchildren, Olivia Cochran, Desiree (JC) Diosdado, Calli Reas, and Jennings Poole. He is also survived by his brother, Max (Tami) Cochran; mother-in-law Doris Hitt, sister-in-law Betty Cochran; brother-in-law Michael (Linda) Hitt; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services are scheduled for Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church McCaysville/Copperhill with Dr. David Drake and Rev. Matthew McDaniel officiating.  Interment will follow in Crestlawn Cemetery.

The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers, Josh Cochran, Gabriel Cochran, David Cochran, Eric Smith, Matthew McDaniel, Tony Ledford, David Brooks, and Eric Spalding.  

Honorary Pallbearers include; Cochran Funeral Home Staff, Deacons of First Baptist Church McCaysville, Fannin County Coroner's Office, Junior Kyle, Dewayne Housley, Tom Eads, Roger McTaggart, Tyler Barker, David Dalton, Jake McTaggart, Carl Steiger, Scott Steiger, Bob Welch, David and Myrna Brooks, Betty Foster, Myron and Brenda Turner, Albert and Martha Davenport, Eulala Cook, Ben Chastain, Angie Ledford, Margaret Ledford, Greg Long, Cecil Lee, and Vicki Forrester.

The family will receive friends at Henry-Cochran Funeral Home Tuesday, December, 27th 2022, from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gideon's International.

Cochran Funeral Home staff is honored to serve the family of Stephen Dorsey Cochran; you may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Stephen Cochran, please visit our flower store.

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Visitation

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

5:00 - 8:00pm (Eastern time)

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

2:00 - 3:00pm (Eastern time)

First Baptist Church McCaysville/Copperhill

104 Toccoa Ave, McCaysville, GA 30555

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Burial

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

2:30 - 6:30pm (Eastern time)

Crestlawn Cemetery

., Copperhill, TN 37317

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