OBITUARY

Coach Harvey Cochran

June 22, 1947August 19, 2020

Coach Harvey Cochran, 73, passed away August 19, 2020. A native Georgian, Coach Cochran had a 44 year career as a coach and teacher, as well as serving as the Executive Director of the Georgia Dugout Club. He coached and mentored thousands while serving at several schools, most notably at North Cobb High School. A member of several Halls of Fame, including the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association and Georgia Dugout Club, Coach Cochran was a major force in baseball in the state of Georgia. He was involved with Team USA, and promoted the game of baseball internationally. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, as well as two of his sisters and his beloved grandson Drew. He is survived by his wife Linda, son Kip, two grandchildren Alec and Katie, and sister Donna Sue. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to fund a student-athlete scholarship through the Georgia Dugout Club. Checks can be sent as follows: Georgia Dugout Club, 3193 Battle Park Way, Marietta, GA 30064. A celebration of his life is planned for Saturday, August 29 at Lakepoint Sports Complex in Emerson, GA. The event is planned to begin at 11:00 AM. Due to standards regarding CoVid-19, attendees are asked to follow all CoVid-19 requirements, including wearing a mask. Please bring lawn chairs as we will hold the celebration on the baseball field, and maintain social distancing guidelines.

  • DONATIONS

  • Georgia Dugout Club Student Athlete Scholarship Fund

Services

  • Celebration of Life and Memorial Service

    Saturday, August 29, 2020

Memories

Coach Harvey Cochran

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Robby Gilbert

August 29, 2020

Harvey, you truly were a LEGEND within the game of Baseball! You always took time to speak to me when our paths crossed and I can't tell you how much that meant to me, especially when I finally got my first head coaching job. You were encouraging and willing to share about your experiences in baseball with all those that came around you.
You will truly be missed!

Bob Jones

August 29, 2020

Harvey was a man of character and integrity! From the time I first met him over 30 years ago I never knew him not to be a genuine man in how he cared for his fellow coaches around this state! He cared about us and the game of baseball tremendously! It was one of the highlights each year at the GDC to see Harvey, say hello and always receive a firm handshake and encouraging smile!! Harvey I know you are in a place now where all around you are smiles as big as yours! I, among many others, will miss you! To the family I offer my sincere condolences for your loss! God bless you all!!

DONALD PIKE

August 28, 2020

On behalf of the entire Atlanta MABL , I would like to express our deepest condolences to the Cochran family . Without the support of Harvey and coach English in the early days of adult baseball, the league may not have grown into the league that it is today. We thank you Harvey and we will never forget what you done for us.

Terry and Charlotte Howell

August 27, 2020

Coach Cochran and Family,
You were our sons teacher, baseball coach and Mentor. With your guidance, you helped to instill in us that dedication and perseverance could accomplish anything. For this, our family will be eternally grateful. We will miss your exuberance, forthrightness, and sweet friendship. Our personal time we spent with you and Linda, both on and off the baseball field, will be treasured memories until we see you again. When that time comes, we'll probably see you playing (and instructing) on Heaven's Fields. May Our Lord Bless and Keep your Dear Family at this Time.
The L. Terry Howell Family

Brian Krehmeyer

August 27, 2020

Harvey, you were such a highly regarded and respected man. Thank you for always making time to mentor and advise young coaches. We are an extension of your passion for raising up young people and furthering the great game of baseball. Along with your immediate family and the players you coached, we are all part of your legacy.

brent tucker

August 27, 2020

I was Coaching a GDC All Star Game. Young Coach. It was hot! After the first day I wore shorts.. Young Coach thought I new everything. Harvey let me have it.. It was great. For the next 15 years at the Georgia Dugout Club meetings Harvey and I would laugh about it each year. Great Person, Great Coach. Truly left a impact on my life.

Sy Jones

August 27, 2020

My experiences with Coach Cochran span from years as a high school player in GA to today, a current head coach. His concern and support for me and all those involved in GHSA baseball were second to none. To his loved ones I offer my sincerest condolences and heartfelt gratitude for a life spent serving others through the game of baseball. Godspeed, Coach!

Susan Sewell

August 26, 2020

Coach Cochran was always one of my favorites at North Cobb. I was a batgirl for the baseball team, and he always insisted that the three batgirls ride in his car to games. He was very protective of us. I remember his car had one of those push button drives! He was such a character in the very best sense of the word....a big personality. My mom Opal and dad Emory both adored him. He and my dad were good friends..I believe Harvey was a pallbearer at my dad’s funeral. I lost my mom eight months ago and I know too well your pain. Try to remember what a profound positive impact he had on several generations of students and athletes. My prayers go out to Linda and Kip and the whole family. ❤️❤️❤️

Rachael Cory

August 26, 2020

Coach Cochran was one amazing person. He was my softball coach at North Cobb. He cared deeply for the game and his athletes. His impact to many will live on and he will be greatly missed.

Jim Kirk

August 25, 2020

Harvey has been a friend of mine since high school. He got me a job one summer working side by side with him mixing “mud” and hauling bricks and blocks for his father Horace, a superb mason. He and I rode many miles together in the back of that pickup truck.
We went to separate colleges but we visited each other’s campus over weekends. Once he invited me down to Mercer to meet a very special girl he was dating named Linda. She remained his true love for the rest of his life. When I was preparing to marry my wife Harvey was the first person I asked to be a groomsman.
I went into the service and we lost track for several years. When we reconnected it was like a conversation that immediately resumed.
Harvey and I could always talk about absolutely anything including our innermost thoughts, concerns and hopes. My wife Connie and I always enjoyed the times we had with Harvey and Linda sharing meals.
Harvey was a man of high character, humor, independent thinking, courtesy, thoughtfulness and independence. He loved coaching baseball and the young men and their parents he met along the way. He loved to tell stories about coaching baseball and the traveling adventures it provided him and Linda.
In a time when there are few truly unique individuals Harvey was not only unafraid to be himself he was determined to.

FROM THE FAMILY

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