Jessie P. Cochran

June 5, 1932May 19, 2020

Jessie Presley Cochran, 87, of Apison, TN, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. She was born in Cookeville, Tennessee and moved to Apison at the young age of four.

She was the daughter of the late Ossie and Dora Presley and was preceded in death by her husband of 62 ½ years, Kenneth Russell Cochran, four brothers and four sisters.

Jessie loved square dancing and was a lifetime member of the “Yellow Rocks”. She also enjoyed farming, gardening, furniture restoration and reweaving chairs.

Survivors include her two daughters, Anita (Lloyd) Padgett and Rita (Randy) Powell; grandchildren, Sonya Smith, Kenny Powell, Amber Padgett and Haley Padgett.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, May 22, 2020, at Plowman Cemetery with the Rev. Eugene Kilgore officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made St. Jude Children’s Hospital at

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Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, Valley View Chapel, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421.


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, May 22, 2020


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Janna Robbs

May 22, 2020

I used to ride horses with Anita and Rita. On hot days, we stopped by the home of Jesse and Kenneth. Jesse was so hospitable and nice to me! She gave me biscuits and something to drink. Those are awesome memories of her generous and kind spirit. We will miss her so much. I love you and am praying for your family in this time of grief. Peace be unto you. Janna and family.

Regina Johnston

May 22, 2020

She was a hard worker and always made me feel welcome in her home....I remember sitting and playing cards at her table and sharing laughs! I’m sorry for your loss!

Sheliah Rivers

May 21, 2020

Anita, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. May the Lord give you the strength and endurance during this time of bereavement. Know that "absent from the body is to be present with the Lord". You are in my prayers
Sheliah Johnson Rivers
Class of 1974-OHS

Wanda Mckee

May 21, 2020

The best, farmer lady, chicken house roof painter, tractor driver, Gardner, wife, mother, friend, grandmother, chili maker, neighbor, ....nothing she could not do.....she even raised two daughters like her, will do anything pertaining to farming. Wonderful, wonderful, her and Mr.Cochran were friendly and always courteous and kind. Will miss her bunches !

CHeryl Bennett

May 20, 2020

Sorry to hear. The Cochran’s have been and continues to be a great family in the Ooltewah community. Love and prayers for the family.

Ricky Teague

May 20, 2020

She was a sweet and petty woman she always had the sweetest smile I loved to hear her tell her story's when her and Earl and the rest of the siblings were growing up. She also a Advocate camper she loved to go camping. She will greatly be missed. God needed another Angel. Godspeed 🌹🌹🙏🇺🇸


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