April 22, 2013

Joanne Cochran Clark

— Mrs. Joanne Cochran Clark, 80, of Dalton, and formerly of Cape Canaveral, Fla., departed this life on Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Dalton.

Joanne was preceded in death by her husband, Jim E. Clark; her parents, R. Lacey Cochran and Tommie Burgess Cochran; and her brother, Don Cochran.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, including Michael and Nadia Stanfield of The Plains, Va.; Jan Stanfield Hair and Sam Hair of Dalton, and Terry and Jane Stanfield, also of Dalton. Joanne is also survived by her stepchildren, Gail Clark Moore and Phillip Moore of Lake Park, and Doug Clark, also of Lake Park. Her grandchildren knew her lovingly as GranGran and include Olivia Stanfield Vello and Mauro Vello of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Julie Hair Stamm and Jon Stamm of Metamora, Ill., Laetitia Stanfield of New York, N.Y., Michelle Stanfield Evans and Geoff Evans of Dalton, David Hair of Athens, Justin Hair of Dalton, Selina Stanfield of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Angela “Corky” Moore Bonner and John Bonner of Lake Park. Her four surviving siblings and their spouses are Larry and Nancy Cochran of Dalton, Cynthia Cochran Daniels and Dr. Ben Daniels of Miami, Fla., Doug and Hildegarde Cochran of Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Elaine Cochran Brumlow and Mike Brumlow of Dalton. Joanne also loved and is survived by nine great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews to whom she was known affectionately as Aunt Jo.

Joanne lived the majority of her life in the Dug Gap community of Whitfield County, where she raised her family and assisted her father in the family-owned business of Chief Home and Auto. While living in Dalton, Joanne was a member of Dug Gap Baptist Church, where she led choral groups and played the piano. After retiring with her late husband to Cocoa Beach, Fla., she participated in the choral ministry and filled in as pianist at Riverside Presbyterian Church, where she was an active member. She was an avid golfer and served as president of the Women’s Golf Association of Cocoa Beach Country Club. Joanne’s strong Christian faith sustained her through life and she will be dearly missed by her loving family and many close friends. The family wishes to extend special gratitude to the staff of Morningside Assisted Living and Amedisys Hospice for their attentive and sincere care.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to RossWoods Adult Day Services (www.rosswoods.org) or to a favorite charity.

Memorial services will be Monday, May 6, at 11 a.m. from Dug Gap Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Bagley officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church on Monday, May 6, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.lovefuneralhomega.com.

Love Funeral Home, 1402 N. Thornton Ave., Dalton (across from Hamilton Medical Center), is in charge of arrangements.