Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late John Young and Lula Ridley Young. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Warren G. Cochran who died in 1998; a son, Bruce Warren Cochran who died in 2000, great granddaughter, Kyrsten Cunningham and a brother, John Young, Jr. She was a member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church. Arbutus enjoyed flowers and gardening but her family was most important.
She is survived by four children, Judy Cunningham, Eunice Browning and Sheila Jenkins all of Franklin and Brent Cochran of Clyde, NC; 11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and two sisters, Margaret Hyatt and Evelyn Franks both of Sylva.
Funeral service was held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Chapel of Macon Funeral Home, with Rev. David Lee Williams officiating. Burial was in the Mountain Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home.
Grandsons served as Pallbearers and Great Grandchildren served as Honorary Pallbearers.
Memorial donations can be made to the Mountain Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Ruby Henry, 179 Grandview Court, Franklin, NC 28734 or CarePartners Foundation, 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803 (carpartnersfoundation.org) (828-277-4815).
Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.