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Frank E. Cochran
03 Dec 1926 - 29 Jun 2008
© Davis Funeral Home
Reprinted with permission

A lifelong resident of Cushing, OK, Frank E. Cochran passed away Sunday, June 29, 2008, after a lengthy illness.

He was an honored member of the community and served on many boards and committees, touching the lives of innumerable individuals.

Frank was born in Cushing, OK on December 3, 1926, to Rebecca Whitaker Cochran and Frank Edwin Cochran.

After graduating from Cushing High School in 1944, he served in the US Navy in the South Pacific from December 1944 to July 1946.

When he returned from World War II, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Bray, on September 2, 1947.

He received a degree in business from the University of Oklahoma in 1950. After college, he and Mary settled in Cushing and Frank worked for Bray Lines trucking.

He helped the company grow from a local fleet to a nationwide carrier. He became president of Bray Lines in 1968. His passion for the trucking business led him to serve as chairman of the Oklahoma Motor Carriers Association and the American Trucking Association. Frank was also a member of the Young Presidents Organization.

He was also strongly committed to Cushing's growth and livelihood. He served as president of the Cushing Chamber of Commerce for two years and as president of the Will Rogers Council of Boy Scouts for two years. Until only a year ago, Frank inspected Boy Scout camps around the state. He received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award for a non-scout. Frank was also inducted into the Cushing High School Alumni Hall of Fame.

Frank's main hobbies were golf, bird hunting, and spending time with his beloved family.

He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church his entire life.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Bray Cochran; sons Steven Bray Cochran and wife Debbie of Cushing, Frank Edwin Cochran II and wife Marianne of Oklahoma City, OK; daughter, Kaye Cochran Corprew and husband Wayne of Houston, TX; sister, Louise Bowen and husband Jim of Melbourne, FL. His grandchildren include: the late Hayley McCarty and husband Brandy of Geneva, IL; Lindsey Burns and husband Brandon of Tulsa, OK; Jenny Cochran of Chicago, IL; Sara Cochran of Springfield, MO; Whit Cochran of Stillwater, OK; Katherine Cochran of Springfield, MO; and Ben Cochran of Northfield, MN; Alyssa Beltran and husband Sergio of Katy, TX; Will Corprew of San Francisco, CA; Kevin Corprew and wife Cahrrie of Olathe, KS; Marie Stone and husband Paul of Oklahoma City, OK; Michelle Kleckner and husband Harley of Stillwater, OK; Megan Dunbar and husband Matt of Minneapolis, MN; and Michael Babb, Jr. of Edmond,OK, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, James, Robert, and Richard; and one granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 2 P.M. in the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Ted Uhlig, pastor, officiating.

Burial will be in the Euchee Valley Memorial Park Cemetery.

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