Dexter Snowden Cochran, 83, of Steens, MS died Monday, March 4, 2013, at home surrounded by his family. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 6, 2013, from 6 – 8 PM at Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS. Funeral services will be Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 11 AM in the Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel, Columbus, MS with Jeffery “Duffy” Neubauer officiating. Interment will be in Piney Grove Cemetery, Steens, MS with Lowndes Funeral Home, Columbus, MS directing. Mr. Cochran was born December 17, 1929, in Chester, Choctaw County, MS to the late Martin Casey and Hester Tullos Cochran. He retired as the county agent with USDA in 1990 after 24 years of service. Mr. Cochran served in the U.S. Army as a Corporal from 1951 – 1959 and the National Honor Guard Persido at San Francisco, CA. He was a resident of Lowndes County, MS for the past 47 years, having moved from Ridgeland, MS. Mr. Cochran was a past member of Columbus Kawani’s, Turner’s Battery, Starkville, MS, 4-County Advisory Board, Lowndes County Fair Board, North Mississippi Retired Agent Club (Old Timers), Cattlemen Association, and Sons of Confederate Veterans. He enjoyed farming, woodworking, collecting anything about John Deere Tractors, beekeeping, and was an avid camper. Mr. Cochran and his wife are the only charter members of the National Civil War Medical Museum and were recognized for outstanding work in Civil War field hospital living history reenactments covering five states. In addition to his parents, Mr. Cochran was preceded in death by his son, Timothy Dexter Cochran and brother, Cohen Cochran. Mr. Cochran is survived by his wife of over 59 years, Nadine “Dee” Cochran, Columbus, MS; daughters, Shirley (Leslie) Strait, Brooksville, MS and Nina (Richard) Steenstra, Steens, MS; brother, Leon Cochran, Tupelo, MS; grandchildren, Tiffany Ward, Sabrina Strait, David Strait, Sgt. Alan Steenstra, Margaret Strait, Paul Strait, Cpl. Justin Steenstra, Michael Strait; and eight great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Justin Steenstra, David Strait, Aubrey Blair, Carwin Green, Cliff Richey, Gary Deevers and Cory Deevers. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Andrew “Bobby” Dill and staff, members of Turners Battery, Old Timers Club, Dr. John McBrayer and the Heart South Staff in Alabaster, AL, and Dr. John Manard and staff in Tuscaloosa, AL.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on March 6, 2013
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