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William Jerrell Cochran

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.
Bill and Sue were blessed with over 61 years of marriage. He thanks God for the love they shared and the four children they had together, Susan (deceased), Tom, Vicky and Beth. He also felt blessed by his children’s spouses, Kathy Cameron for Tom, Hans Hertrich for Vicky, and Frank Russell for Beth.
He loved them as if they were his own children and he considered them as such. He was preceded in death by his parents, baby daughter Susan, brother Tom and John, brother-in-law Sammy Williamson, and his wonderful in-laws Lowell and Estelle Williamson. He loved them as his own parents, and felt blessed to have them. He was survived by many to celebrate this long life: his loving and wonderful wife Sue, and children Tom and Kathy, Vicky and Hans, and Beth and Frank; 11 grandchildren; in-laws Russell (Charlotte) Williamson of Olive Branch, Miss. and family, Montez Medling and Dolph, Daphne (Steve) McDaniel and daughters Leanna, Alivia and Abbey of Greenfield; and Debbie Williamson of Sharon and family David, Derek, Dustin and Beth.

WCP 10.20.11

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