William Jerrell Cochran
Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 2:43 pm
William Jerrell Cochran passed away on Oct. 3, 2011. He was born on July 16, 1931, in Greenfield, to Jerrell and Beatrice Farmer Cochran. He moved to Lansing, Mich. in the early 1940’s and attended West Jr. High for three years and J. W. Sexton for two years. After moving back to Tennessee for his senior year, he met the love of his life, Betty Sue Williamson. They were married March 11, 1950 and moved back to Lansing shortly thereafter. He worked at Fisher Body for three years before beginning a 28-year career at the Lansing Police Department. He retired at the rank of Captain in September of 1981 after serving in all divisions of the department. He served as Project Director for LPD’s first and only helicopter program and was one of the founding members of the Tri-County Metro Narcotics Squad. While at LPD he received criminal justice degrees from Lansing Community College and Michigan State University, and graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. After retiring from his beloved LPD, he began a 12-year career as Security Administrator for the Board of Water & Light. He loved both careers and all the colleagues and friends he made during his 40+-year work life.