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George Anderson Cothron, Sr., 89 of Temple Terrace, Florida died peacefully on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at Melech Hospice House in Temple Terrace, Florida. He was born on February 17, 1923 in Valdosta to the late Madison (Matt) and Margaret Strickland Cothron. He entered military service at age 17 and served in the Military Police of the United States Army during WW II. Following his military service in 1947, Mr. Cothron relocated to Tampa, Florida where he remained until his death. Mr. Cothron was employed by Armour Meat Company from 1948 until 1957. He was the owner and operator of Cothron's Automotive from 1957 until his retirement. He was a beloved father known father known for his devotion and unconditional love for his family. He was known by his friends for his love of life, fishing and sense of humor. He attended St. Chad's Episcopal Church in Tampa for many years. He is survived by his loving wife, Belinda Cothron; nine children, Andy Cothron, Larry Cothron, Steve Cothron, Gary Cothron, Sharon Cothron Daniel, Karen Cothron Diemert, Sandra Cothron Gummo, Beverly Cothron Valiente and Georgianna Cothron; his sister-in-law, Maxine Cothron of Valdosta and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Raymond Lee Cothron; seven siblings, Fred Cothron, Mattie Lou Prine, Grady Cothron, Nellie Mae Dasher, Jack Cothron, Margaret Peace, and Jim Cothron. A graveside service for George Cothron, Sr. will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2012 at the Redland Baptist Church Cemetery with Jamie Ford officiating. Carson McLane Funeral Home is serving the Cothron family locally. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Chad's Episcopal Church, 5609 N. Albany Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603. Condolences to the family may be conveyed online at www.mclanecares.com. Carson McLane.

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