Cochran, Barbara Cathleen Boles

Executive Secretary For Many Years At Memorial Hospital

Sunday, November 12, 2017
Barbara Cochran
Barbara Cochran

Barbara Cathleen Boles Cochran, 83, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, passed away on Saturday, November 11, after a short illness.

Barbara was born Jan. 23, 1934, in Chattanooga, to the late John and Cathleen Boles. She attained honors while attending Chattanooga Junior Academy through the 10th grade, then graduated from Central High School, Class of 1951. Next she graduated from McKenzie Business College, was a secretary for several local businesses, then was 19-year executive secretary for Sister Thomas de Sales at Memorial Hospital, until her retirement.

Barbara was a talented seamstress, an excellent home cook and she played the piano and sang in the church choir. She celebrated her family and friends for babies, birthdays, special occasions and holidays, sharing her gift of love and nurturing to all who knew her. She loved her church family and was a faithful servant of the Lord. Barbara was an active member of Chattanooga 1st Seventh-day Adventist Church. She was church secretary for 20 years, as well as church clerk some of those same years. She had the distinction of, and was honored for, being church matriarch because of continuous attendance of over 80 years.

She was predeceased by her brother, John Larry Boles, husband and father of her four children Edwin Cabe, Sr. and husband Eugene Payne.

She is survived by her husband of nine years, Arnold Cochran, daughters Cathy Lewis (Kevin), Darlene Taylor (Gerald), Angie Holley, son Edwin Cabe Jr., six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, step-son Steven Cochran, step-daughters Cheryl Pupenbroke and Christy Trimble, brother David Boles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Fred Fuller officiating. Burial will be at Chattanooga National Cemetery on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Voice of Prophecy, P.O. Box 999, Loveland, Co. 80539-0999.

Please visit to share words of comfort and view the memorial tribute.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 4-7 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Road. 

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