James Robert Cochran

June 11, 1940April 2, 2019

James Robert Cochran, age 78, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at home surrounded by family. He was born on June 11, 1940 in Greenfield, TN to the late Henry Jerrell and Beatrice (Farmer) Cochran. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Carol (Faggion); sons, Travis (Michelle) and Anthony (Angela) Cochran; sister, Nancy Small; and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. James is preceded in death by brothers, William (Sue) Williamson), Thomas and John Cochran.

James retired from the Lansing Police Department in 1994. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1958-1962. James graduated from J.W. Sexton High School in 1958. He was a Michigan State University Alumni, a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the American Legion, and a Tennessee Squire. Per his request, James was cremated. A private ceremony will be held at a later date.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes Williamston Chapel.


  • A private ceremony will be held at a later date.

James Robert Cochran

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Ron Clevenger

April 19, 2019

So sorry Nancy. Jim was a great guy and a better cop. Was never in Lynn’s and my office. After all, he is a Cochran. I will never forget jim’s sly smile. So sad to lose another good one.

Tim Poxson

April 15, 2019

Jim was such a great guy. I remember working with him on the road in 1973 or maybe it was 1974. Anyway we had some real laughs. At the time when we got of the car we always had to have our hats on, so at one point while we were out of the car this lady saw us walking together and she said I can not believe you are old enough to be a police officer looking at Jim. And she was not looking at me at all. We both took off our hats and she was surprised to see that in fact he did look old enough and she was still not sure I was old enough to be a police officer. Anouther time Jim almost got me kid knapped, on a traffic stop he had me get into the car with the lady because she did not want her car towed,( she had warrants out for her arrest) she wanted to park the car in a parking lot. I got in and off we went and she decided drive home home with me in the car. After about 5 blocks and Jim in the Police car behind us with lights and siren on, I put the car I was riding in park and it came to grinding halt. We arrested her and her car was towed. I enjoyed working with him and all the members of the Cochran family. Top notch people, I am so sorry for their loss.

Craig Gleason

April 9, 2019

Another loss from the Cochran family and the old Lansing Police Family. I recall taking a class or two with Jim at MSU. I think we did more talking in class than the instructor, but we had fun. I always loved that "Tennessee Twang" he produced. He will also be missed at the next LEOSA training session.
Our prayers are with you and the rest of the family.
Craig and Jennifer Gleason (Retired LPD)

Kurt Hamlin

April 8, 2019

I so enjoyed chatting with Mr. Cochran last July. His humor and awareness was truly remarkable.
Anthony: I understand the emotions that you are experiencing. You have my sincere sympathy.
If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

Kimberly Gwynn

April 8, 2019

Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.
Kim & Hau Huynh

Barbara Monroe

April 8, 2019

Carol, my condolences to you and your family as you send Jim home, and into the light. I will keep all of you in my heart in these days.

Joseph A. Faggion II

April 7, 2019

My condolences for the family.
I remember Jim when he patrolled my old neighborhood, out of fun we use to give him a hard time.
Thank you for your service as a Lansing Police Officer.
Rest in Peace Jim !

Tom Cochran

April 6, 2019

What an awesome picture . Safe travel Uncle Jim. You are with Grandmother and Grandaddy and your Brothers peace to you.