Edward Hutchinson Cochran, 74, Charleston civic leader and public servant, died on October 27, 2003 in a local hospital following a stroke. He was born in Summerville, SC, on August 11, 1929, the son of Henry Heins Cochran and Eloise Hayne Hutchinson Cochran. He was a graduate of Charleston High School, attended The Citadel for one year, and graduated from the College of Charleston. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, and later in the Naval Reserve, attaining the rank of captain. Mr. Cochran was a Federal probation officer and served as Officer in Charge of the U.S. Probation Office for the U.S. District Court in Charleston, a post from which he retired in 1979. He made a new career in real estate and later founded the Cochran Realty Company. In 1981 he was elected to Charleston City Council from West Ashley District 12, serving four years in office. He was also Mayor Pro Tem of Charleston and chairman of the Charleston County Board of Assessment Control. More recently he was president of Harbor Place Community Correction Center. Mr. Cochran was active in a number of community organizations and in 1965 was featured in The Outstanding Young Men of America , published by the Montgomery Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the National Exchange Club and Toastmasters International, and was commander of American Legion Post 10. He was chairman of the board of the Charleston Marine Institute and served on the board of the American Marine Institute. He was president of the Wappoo Heights Civic Club. He served on the boards of directors of Clown s Bazaar and the Charleston Home for Children. He was an instructor at Trident Technical College, where he taught courses in criminal Justice. He was a lifelong member of Grace Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry and taught in the church Sunday school. Mr. Cochran was a co-founder and board member of St. John s Episcopal Mission and helped to organize the North Area Episcopal Boys Club. He was a Knight of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. An avid sportsman, Ed Cochran loved sailing and tennis and was a longstanding member of the Carolina Yacht Club. He was known to his many friends as Chickenhead or Chick, and to his loving grandchildren as Daddy Chick . He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Diane Heisser Cochran of Charleston, a daughter, Clare Cochran Kehoe of Tampa, Florida, a son and daughter-in-law Edward Hutchinson Cochran, Jr., and Elizabeth Keesler Cochran of Mount Pleasant, a son and daughter-in-law Michael Manning Cochran and Arlene Keller Cochran of Mount Pleasant, a niece Suzanne Stein Love of Florence, SC; a nephew Gary Porter Stein of Charleston, a granddaughter Caroline Howerton Cochran and grandson Edward Hutchinson Cochran, III both of Mount Pleasant, a brother-in-law David Heisser of Charleston, and many cousins and friends. The relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hutchinson Cochran are invited to attend the funeral services of the former, Friday at one o clock in Grace Episcopal Church. Interment, St. Paul s Episcopal Churchyard, Summerville, SC. Friends may call at J. HENRY STUHR, INC., DOWNTOWN CHAPEL Thursday between five and seven o clock. Memorials may be given to Grace Episcopal Church, 98 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401, or to a charity of one s choice.
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