January 31, 2013

Cochran sought to protect taxpayers, improve county

From Staff Reports

— Colleagues recall former Whitfield County Board of Commissioners member Leonard Cochran as a plain spoken man who kept a close eye on taxpayers’ money.

“Leonard was what people would call a real conservative. He was always very careful about spending money,” said former county administrator Lenard Whaley.

Cochran, who served on the board for 14 years, passed away on Tuesday.

Commissioner Harold Brooker served with Cochran and remembers him heading the board’s finance committee. Brooker recalls Cochran as someone very cautious about increasing spending.

“He was very conservative. He watched every dollar, but at the same time, he knew that we had to pave roads and provide services. He cared very much about the county and wanted us to do the things that would make it better,” Brooker said.

Both men said that Cochran was known for being honest and straightforward.

“You always knew where he stood,” Whaley said.

Born Dec. 15, 1932, Cochran owned and operated Cochran’s Barber Shop and Hair Masters for 45 years. He also founded and ran Cochran’s Construction Co., where he was a real estate developer and builder.

The funeral service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove Chapel of Julian Peeples Funeral Home with the Rev. Walter Hare, the Rev. Robert Cary and the Rev. Stan Lester officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home tonight from 5 until 8.