Donven Charles Cochran

May 4, 1937September 19, 2021

DONVEN C. COCHRAN AND MARGARET A. COCHRAN Donven C. Cochran and his wife, Margaret A. Cochran passed away September 19 and September 15, 2021 following a brief battle with COVID. Donven was born in Slab Fork to Ray and Vernie Cochran. Margaret was born in Slab Fork to Willie Basil and Garnet Martin. He met his one true love at the movies in Slab Fork. They were married for 64 years. They had four children, Diane Jackson and husband, George, Donven “Donnie” Cochran II, Melissa Perkins and husband, Ron, and Ronnie Cochran; 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Donven is survived by his brother, Chester and wife, Glenda and sister, Louise Harris and Margaret is survived by four sisters, Marie Tedder, Willa Dean Baker and husband, Bob, Bootie Kennedy, Nancy Ray and husband, Mike; and a brother Bill Martin and wife, Vicki. Their son, Donnie passed away shortly after them, from a long illness. They were preceded in death by their parents, 2 grandsons, and a great-granddaughter. Donven worked most of his life for Slab Fork Coal Company. He did construction work, and one of his first jobs was a janitor in Maries Dress Shop. He was a Baptist Minister, pastoring at Steven’s Baptist Church until his health declined. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming, and gardening. Don was a wonderful Dad, he loved the Lord and was a great teacher Margaret was a homemaker, a wonderful cook, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She also worked at Heck’s Dept Store as a cashier and was a salad prep at Country Kitchen. She loved to sew and crochet, and garden, passing those talents along to her children. She made the best rolls and donuts. Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic there will be no public services. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Beckley. We are very grateful for the help and kindness of Hospice. Online condolences and other information can be found by visiting


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Faith Backbrant

October 10, 2021

Donven, my Poppol, will always remain a man of unshakeable values, devotion and preserverace. Always sharing wisdom from what seemed to be an infinitly endless well of knowledge. Donven always greated those he loved with an open heart, accepting regardless of personal differences and always a complete gentleman. I will hold our adventures close to my heart always. Thank you so much for teaching me your secrets. Making whistles while trekking thru the wilderness to find natures treasures. The joys of stringing vegetables for canning. Your unmatched endearing tenacity will always echo thru my mind. How dedicated you always have been to living off the land. You have taught me to connect the dots in so many ways. I only wish I could have stolen one more bear hug.

My old man of the mountain rest easy now that you have been called home to God. Your heart of gold will beat on forever in the memories of all that love and cherish you.