Farish Sizemore Cochran
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Farish Sizemore Cochran
  • March 17, 1929 - May 19, 2017
  • North Carolina

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Farish Sizemore Cochran died quietly in her sleep on May 18, 2017 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. There will be a memorial service at West Market Street United Methodist Church in Greensboro on Tuesday May 23, 2017 at 2:30 PM. The family will greet friends in the church's gathering space following the service.
Farish was born in High Point, NC on March 17, 1929 to the late Frank J. and Lillie Farish Sizemore. She was devoted to her brother Frank J. Sizemore, Jr. despite an age difference of 15 years. The family often declared, "Frank brought on the Great War and Farish brought on the Great Depression!"
She graduated from High Point Central and then Duke University in 1951. Despite the shortcoming of his having graduated from NC State-at least it wasn't Carolina-- she fell in love with Marion Reese Cochran and they were married for 57 wonderful years until his passing in 2010. Now they are together in Heaven.
She is survived by her son, Thomas Farish Cochran and wife Katherine M. Cochran, and her son Robert Andrew Cochran and wife Anne M. Cochran. She spoiled with love and attention her grandchildren, Thomas, Jr., Lillie, Hallie and Rob, Jr. It was Thomas, Jr., who gave her the very clever name "Grandmother" and nobody in the family ever called her anything else after. She is also survived by her niece Lynne Sizemore and her nephews Trip and Don Sizemore and their families.
If her friends had to describe Farish in one word it would almost certainly be "volunteer." She loved helping others and enthusiastically served in various roles in organizations like the Junior League, the Shepherd's Center and Preservation Greensboro. She spent countless hours working on behalf of West Market Street United Methodist Church, serving on lots of committees and the Board of Stewards. After her youngest went off to college, she decided to get a "real" job in volunteer work and came to run what is now The Volunteer Center of the United Way until she retired in 1991. Through this work she was able to touch the lives of thousands of needy citizens but, also the lives of her volunteers who were inspired by her love of the work.
Farish was an avid reader, particularly of British mystery writers. She was an enthusiastic Anglophile who loved to travel to the UK --she even joined the English Speaking Union. We are convinced, had Dad agreed, she would have retired to some ivy-covered, thatched roof cottage in the Cotswolds.
The family is particularly grateful for the loving care and companionship provided to Farish by Ruby Johnson without whom her battle with this terrible disease would have been nearly intolerable. We would also like to thank the aids and caregivers of Summit Place and Hospice for making the end of her life comfortable.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to the W. Market Street Methodist Church Building Fund, Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte or any Alzheimer's research organization.
Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home has the honor of assisting the Cochran Family.
Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.