Cora Mae (Clayton) Cochran

August 4, 1937 ~ September 16, 2019 (age 82)


Cora M. Cochran, 82, of Salem, Arkansas, passed away, Monday, September 16, 2019 at Elmcroft of Mountain Home.

She was born in Vanderpool, Texas on August 4, 1937, daughter of the late Abner Wilson and Lola Mae (Ward) Clayton. Cora spent her life as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and friend. She was united in marriage to the late Bobby Rex “Cotton” Cochran and from this union four children were born, Clay, Beth, Carol and Betty. During her working years, she worked for NADC and was Fulton County Tax Collector for a number of years. Cora was a member of Salem First Baptist Church and was a volunteer for Fulton County Hospital.

Cora is survived by her children, Clay Cochran and wife Jackie of Salem, Arkansas, Nora Beth Gomez of Mountain Home, Arkansas, Carol Montgomery and husband Mark of Elizabeth, Arkansas and Betty Shrable and husband Kelly of Viola, Arkansas; nine grandchildren; Bobby Rex Cochran I of Puerto Rico, Sarah Williams of Salem, Arkansas, John Patrick Gomez of California, John Mark Montgomery and wife Jen of Little Rock, Arkansas, Kristin Martin and husband Kelvin of Memphis, Tennessee, Micah Montgomery of Elizabeth, Arkansas, Kirby Shrable of Conway, Arkansas, Abby Shrable of Viola, Arkansas and Kody Shrable of Viola, Arkansas; two great grandchildren, Brooklynn Martin and Beau Martin; sister, Leota Hosman of Utopia, Texas and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby “Cotton” Cochran; parents, Abner and Lola Clayton; brothers, James Clayton, Harold Clayton, Abner “Slick” Clayton, Finis “Hooter” Clayton and sisters, Helen Schimmelpfenning, Bernice Kilburn and Addy Jane Chaney.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 18, 2019 beginning at 10:00 AM with Bro. John Hodges officiating Salem First Baptist Church in Salem, Arkansas. Interment will follow at Harmony Cemetery in Wheeling, Arkansas. Visitation will be Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Salem First Baptist Church.

Pallbearers include: John Mark Montgomery, John Patrick Gomez, Kirby Shrable, Micah Montgomery, Mark Montgomery and Kelly Shrable

Honorary Pallbearers include: Woodrow & Pauline Hodges, Kody Shrable, Bobby Cochran, Sarah Williams, Kristin Martin, Abby Shrable, Lyn and Avis Romine, Mary Jane Roberts and Patsy McKibbin.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Ozarks, 811 Burnett Dr., Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653 or Fulton County Hospital, Attn: Jennifer Cooper, PO Box 517, Salem, Arkansas 72576.

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Arrangements entrusted to Doty Family Funeral Service of Salem, Arkansas.


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September 17, 2019

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Salem First Baptist Church
552 West Highway 62
Salem, AR 72576

Funeral Service
September 18, 2019

10:00 AM
Salem First Baptist Church
552 West Highway 62
Salem, AR 72576

Interment following funeral service
September 18, 2019

Harmony Cemetery
Highway 9 South
Wheeling, AR 72576

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