On February 7, 2015 around 10:00 PM James Alfred Cochran, recently of Atlanta Georgia, passed away. He was born on August 28, 1947 to Seaborn and Pauline Cochran, of Lilburn Georgia, and was raised with his 2 younger brothers, Richard Cochran and Anthony Cochran. He married Gloria Sells Cochran, and raised two daughters, Alecia Cochran Mokros, and Ali Cochran Morgan. He was blessed with four grandchildren; Madison and Miller Mokros, and Caleigh and Evie Morgan. His departure will be felt both personally and professionally in the many lives he touched in the Metro Atlanta Business communities. Recipient of the Atlanta Business Chronicle's CFO of the year in 2012, his influence and business acumen lead him into boardrooms and leadership positions for companies like Turbochef, Greenway Medical, Amendia, and Vivex Biomedical. A memorial service will be held at 5:00 pm, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel. The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 pm, Wednesday, Feb. 11, and from 3:00-5:00 pm, Thursday, Feb. 12, at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wagesandsons.com. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made, in memory of James Alfred "Al" Cochran to: Thanks Mom & Dad Fund 3355 Lenox Rd., Suite 750 Atlanta, GA  30326 www.thanksmomanddadfund.org      

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  1. Al was my dearest friend for more than 40 years, and an enormous influence on my life both professionally and personally. We shared many experiences over those years; successes and failures, triumphs and tragedies, and he was a loyal friend through it all. I loved him like a brother, I miss him terribly, and I will remember him forever.

  2. Al did a fantastic job for Greenway Medical. He led us through our IPO and advised us in many, many ways over several years, both business and personal. He will be missed as a close friend and consultant.

  3. Al was a close friend for than 14 years. I relationship with both professional and family. I am so saddened at his loss. I feel fortunate that I got to know him so well and spend so much time with him. I will miss our trips together and our concerts. May my friend rest in peace.

  4. I worked with Al for many years and considered him a friend and mentor. I am so sorry to hear about his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very difficult time.

  5. Al joined Vivex Biomedical and had an immediate impact. As CEO I will greatly miss his steady hand and calm influence. Al was a one of a kind gentleman, a difference maker and rare talent. May he rest in peace.

  6. Al was a big part of the Greenway Medical family, helping us through the hurdles of going public. He became a good friend and a trusted advisor. We got through one of his medical challenges only to have another cut his life short. He loved music, bikes, cars, his daughters and….. Rest in Peace, my friend.

  7. In nearly a decade of knowing Al, he taught me so much about the professional world, business, and more importantly about people and life. Often he was an escape when my life became busy and overwhelming with career responsibilities. I’ll forever be indebted to the kindness he showed me. I’ve been able to marvel in his success, and hopefully provide solace in the times where success wasn’t as evident. He has been a loyal friend that I owe a great deal to. To say he will be missed is an understatement. I pray there are Harley’s in heaven – because he would be riding one, listening to Eric Clapton.

  8. Al was a good person and solid financial executive. I enjoyed getting to know him and very much appreciate his efforts and contributions at Greenway. I’m so sad to hear of his passing and extend my deepest condolences to his family and friends.

  9. I am very sad to learn of Al’s passing and extend my sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones. Al was one of my most important and valued mentors, especially in the development years of public accounting. He will be sorely missed.

  10. 1n 1985 I was a young stay at home mom with 3 small children. I was introduced to a life changing career. Al was always there with a positive word of encouragement, and a sweet laugh that made you smile! My prayers go up to his family. He will be missed.

  11. In addition to being a wonderful CFO and guiding Greenway Medical through it’s IPO Al was a kind and caring friend. His love of music was legendary. He will be sorely missed.

    Carol

  12. Thoughts and prayers are being sent to all of you. We can tell from these comments how much he was loved and respected.

  13. I knew Al for several years and had immense respect for him. He was a stand up guy with a great sense for dealing with people. He will be missed.

  14. I enjoyed working with Al and Gloria when they had the Tupperware business. They were wonderful people to deal with – personally and professionally.

  15. Al was an influential, positive force on the lives of many. It has been a priviledge to be friends with and work closely with Al over the last 2 decades. I am not unique in being made a better person having had Al Cochran in my life, and he will be greatly missed!

  16. Al was a great mentor and I really enjoyed the opportunity to know him. He will be missed and he helped many folks in their professional development without asking anything in return. He helped me when my wife was ill and that I will always remember and appreciate.

  17. My thoughts and prayers go out to Al’s family. I was lucky enough to have know Al from working with him for a number of years. Always a friend and mentor. He will be missed.

  18. What a classic! Met him almost 25 years ago, will miss his strange sense of humor, and very kind soul, always was there to help and listen, had such a calming effect.
    Rock on my friend

  19. I had the pleasure of working with Al during his time with Greenway Medical. I am so sad that his life has been cut short. He was a very kind soul and had a brilliant mind. I know Al positively touched many lives along his journey and will be greatly missed. I am thankful to have known him.

  20. I had the privilege of working with Al Cochran at Practiceworks, LLC. He was an excellent person with high levels of integrity. He will be missed.

  21. We are all saddened by the passing of Al. Our thoughts and Prayers are with the Cochran Family.
    God bless you all.

  22. My condolences to Al’s family. I enjoyed getting to know him while at Greenway and respected his leadership immensely. Rest in Peace.

  23. Upon searching the obituaries for another friend of mine that passed away I stumbled across a familiar name James “Al” Cochran, upon reading the article I learned it was indeed the Al Cochran that I new. I am so very sorry to hear of his passing…My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
    Kathy Grantz

  24. Gloria and family, so sorry to learn about Al’s passing. My husband, Harold Moon, was Al’s first cousin. Harold passed away January 24, 2015, and I know how your going to miss him. I remember when he was very young, his appendix ruptured, almost lost him. Many memories of the Cochran family. We married in 1943, so I was in the family a long time. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  25. It has been 18 years since Al last blessed me with his sage advice; yet there has not been another mentor since whose wisdom has surpassed that which Al bestowed. Thanks to Al, I learned early on 2 great rules to live by: Don’t sweat the small stuff; and work hard/play hard. I am thankful to have had him both as a mentor and a friend.

  26. Al became a close friend once per year for a week while scuba diving each spring. Perhaps a testament to what a truly good person he was in that he will be missed on these future week-long reunions, and we will no doubt toast him each time for many more years. Our heart-felt condolence to his family. Dave and Sharon Brown

  27. I went to church with Al many many years ago at the tabernacle! Him and Gloria were so much fun to be around! Sorry for you’re loss!

  28. I was not able to attend the memorial service for Al, who was a distance cousin. I remember Al as a young boy. Al & his family lived on the old Cochran home place. He had many uncles, aunts & cousins who lived on the same road. My grandparents were among them. On nice days my grandmother & I would walk to visit the family. Their house was big & had a wrap around porch which we always got to play on which was fun. I also though they were rich because of the house & porch Just wanted to share a childhood memory with you. My sympathy is extended to you & your family. May you find peace in the memories that will stay with you always.

  29. So sad to learn of Al’s passing. Having worked for Al while at PKF, you could tell he was an exceptionally individual, not just a consummate business professional but a genuine and kind individual who I was grateful to know for over 27 years. My sincerest condolences to Gloria and the rest of the Cochran family. I feel incredibly blessed to have known Al, I will miss him but will remember him forever.

  30. Gloria, today is March 20, 2017 and I was looking for you and Al when I came across his obituary. I am so sorry to learn of his passing. He was a great guy and a good friend, who certainly left the world much too early. If you want to contact me, Facebook might be the best way. Prayers for you and your family.

  31. So sorry to learn of my old friend’s passing. Al, Gloria and I knew each other when we were all newlyweds and they bought their first life insurance policy from me. RIP, Al, I’ll see you in Heaven, my friend.

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