George Winn "Boogie" Cochran Jr., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at The Margaret Dozier House of Big Bend Hospice.
Boogie was born in Tallahassee on Sept. 9, 1927 and was 89 years old at his passing.
Chief Petty Officer Cochran served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years starting in 1944 and retiring in 1964. He was attending Leon High School when he enlisted in the Navy on his 17th birthday. Chief Cochran, while serving aboard the destroyers Moale, Meredith and Johnston during the Japanese occupation in the Pacific witnessed the Able/Baker Bomb Test in 1946 as the closest destroyer to the bomb explosions. His destroyer, The Meredith, was the negotiation ship for Israel's journey to statehood and as a result, his ship was the first US destroyer to fly the United Nations’ flag.
He also served during the Cuban Missile crisis. On Oct. 15, 1963, Chief Cochran was awarded the first annual Commander Ernest Evans Memorial Award aboard the destroyer USS-Johnston. The entire 6th Fleet of the Navy was in attendance for his award ceremony in Toronto, Italy. Boogie proudly served our country as a "Tin Can Sailor" for 20 years.
After retiring from the Navy in 1964, Boogie returned home to Tallahassee and was hired at Florida State University as the assistant superintendent of the central utilities plant. He worked at FSU for 10 years, retiring in 1974. After retiring from FSU, Boogie moved from Tallahassee down to the Coast, his favorite place on earth, St. Teresa Beach. He still lived at St. Teresa prior to his short stay at the Dozier House.
Boogie was predeceased by his parents, George Winn Cochran, Sr. and Gladys Elizabeth Alligood as well as his guardians that raised him, his paternal grandmother, Annie Lou Cay Cochran and his paternal aunt, Annie Lou Cochran.
He is survived by two sons, George Winn Cochran III (Kathie), of Michigan City, Indiana, and Raymond "Ray" C. Cochran, of Tallahassee; two grandsons, George Winn Cochran IV (Andrea), of Tallahassee, and Stetson Gerick Cochran, of North Carolina; and two great-granddaughters, Katelyn and Brooke, both of Tallahassee. He is also survived by his brother, James Richard "Dick" Cochran (Karyl), of St. Teresa, and their four daughters.
He was predeceased by his best friend, Jean Hamrick and is survived by many other special friends and family. His St. Teresa neighbors of over 20 years, Nancy and Steve Metzke, played an important role in his life.
Boogie was a member of: The Florida VFW, Camp Gordon Johnston American Legion Post 82, Carrabelle Lions Club (Lion Tamer), the Florida Forestry Association, Sons of Confederate Veterans - HQ Camp 584. He was a longtime volunteer at the Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum in Carrabelle.
There was a graveside service at Oakland Cemetery in Tallahassee, officiated by Father John Spicer of Christ Church Anglican Wakulla at 3 p.m. on March 9. His services were handled by Cully's Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Margaret Dozier Hospice House in Tallahassee, or the Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum, 1001 Gray Avenue, Carrabelle, FL 32322,