Born 9-01-1923 -- Died 8-7-2006
L.R. "Jack" Cochran, who was general manager of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative for nearly 40 years, died Aug. 7 at Fulton County Hospital in Salem. He was 82.
Cochran had also been part owner of Areawide Media, which publishes The News.
Cochran was born Sept. 1, 1923, in Byron son of the late Orgel and Eva York Cochran.
Cochran married Georgia Lee Rains June 26, 1943, in West Plains, Mo. The couple had five children.
Cochran joined North Arkansas Electric Cooperative in May 1942, two years after the company started services, as a bookkeeper.
In May 1950 he was named general manager served in that capacity until his retirement in September 1988.
Cochran was a director and past chairman of both Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corpora-tion and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc., past president of Energy Conservation Electric Cooperative Corpora-tion and Arkansas Electrifica-tion Council, former director of Electric Research and Manufac-turing Cooperative and Arkansas' representative on NRECA's board for a number of years.
He was a past president of the Salem Industrial Develop-ment Corporation, past president of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, former chairman of the Fulton County Hospital Board, the first member of the Baxter Regional Medical Center Board, former member of the state Department of Education's Advisory Council for Public Elementary and Secondary Education, past board member of the Bank of Salem and past president of the Salem Lions Club.
He was also an elder of the Wheeling Church of Christ for many years.
Survivors include his wife, Georgia, of Salem; his children Donna Roe and husband, Bill, of Sturkie, Terrisue Parker and husband, Joe, of Fort Smith, Rena McCall and husband, Jay, of Conway, and Sarah Gleghorn and husband, Reggie, of Salem; grandchildren Lyndel Roe, Jason Parker, John Leslie, Tennile Ellison, Ben Leslie, Kendra Cutsinger, Justin Gleghorn and Adam McCall; great-grandchildren Cresten Roe, Braden and Bryson Love, Ashley, Austin and Owen Parker, Joshua Cutsinger and Jack Leslie; one sister Joan Adams of Odessa, Mo.; one niece; one nephew; and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by one son, Jackie Lee; one sister, Nonda; and his parents.
Services for were held on Aug. 9 at Wheeling Church of Christ. Cochran was buried at the Salem Cemetery. Arrange-ments were under the direction of the Cox-Blevins Funeral Home of Salem.