John Cliney Cochran

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Oct. 11, 1939 — March 4, 2020

ELM CITY — John “Tex” Cliney Cochran, 80, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

Born in Harris County, Texas on Oct. 11, 1939, he was the son of the late William Horace Cochran and Frances Nell Luckel Cochran. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Michael P. Cochran; and granddaughter, Caroline Wynne Hathaway.

John was commonly known by all simply as “Tex” or “Grandpa Tex.” His love and skill for training racehorses was well known and respected around the track, especially at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, a city he thoroughly loved. In his career as a horse trainer, he had 31 starts with 5 first place, 5 second place, and 6 third place finishes. A loving father, grandfather, brother, and friend to many, Tex will be forever missed and never forgotten.

Tex leaves behind to cherish his memory daughter, Carrolle Cochran Hathaway, and husband, Mark, of Elm City; his grandchildren, Mary Hannah Hathaway, Katie Susan Hathaway, John Carlyle Hathaway and Parker Tumonello; brother, Jack Frye Cochran, and wife, Suzanne; sister, Nell Cochran Hastings, and husband, Jerry; and seven nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, March 20, in the Chapel of Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home and Cremation Services. The family will receive friends and relatives 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home.

A separate memorial service will be held at a later date at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in New Orleans, Louisiana.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Eastern NC, 3737 Glenwood Ave., Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27612.

Arrangements are entrusted to Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1130 N. Winstead Ave., Rocky Mount, NC 27804. You may share memories and condolences with the family by visiting www.wheelerwoodlief.com.