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Donald Lee Paul Cochran
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Birth: Jan. 24, 1919
Dunklin County
Missouri, USA
Death: Apr. 24, 1987
Dunklin County
Missouri, USA

Ara Green Paul, widower, hired Mr. and Mrs. Jim Cochran to keep young Donald Paul. Donald's mother, Gertrude (Gertie) Knight Paul, died when Donald was only three and a half weeks old. Donald Paul changed his name to Donald Cochran in 1943. All records, school, marriage, Army, and children's names are under Cochran.

NOTE by Betty Smith Beard: Mrs. Jim Cochran was Theodocia Ann E. St. Clair GAINES Cochran, mother of William Henry Gaines who married Rosa Paul. Rosa Paul was Ara Green Paul's sister, therefore the aunt of Donald Paul. So Donald's aunt's mother-in-law "adopted" Donald. He is listed on the 1920 census as an orphan, and on the 1930 census as their adopted son. He married under the name Cochran in 1937.

MALDEN PRESS, April 30, 1987
Reverend Donald Lee Cochran, 68, of Malden, died April 24, 1987, at 8:25 p.m. at his residence. He was a pastor of Quilin Missionary Baptist Church. He was born January 24, 1919, in Malden, to Green and Gertie Knight Paul. He was united in marriage in Piggott, Arkansas, to Kathryn Ayers Cochran.
Funeral services were held at the Southern Baptist Church April 26 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Ted Wimberley and Reverend David O. Micheal officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Malden.
He is survived by his wife Kathryn Cochran, of Malden, a son, Paul Cochran, of High Ridge, Missouri, a daughter, Kay Vee Robison, of Tupelo, Mississippi, five grandchildren. Three brothers, Albert Paul, Omaho, Arkansas, Oshal Paul, Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Chris Paul, Lampe, Missouri, two sisters, Naomi Goldsmith, Malden, and Colleen Romero, Fontana, California.
Donations can be made to the Quilin Missionary Baptist Church building funds.
Visitation was held 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. 
Family links: 
  Theodocia Ann E. St. Clair Cochran (1871 - 1945)
  Willis Almarine Gaines (1888 - 1965)*
  William Henry Gaines (1888 - 1947)*
  Walter Lee Gaines (1891 - 1954)*
  Ethel Virginia Gaines Phelps (1892 - 1981)*
  Donald Lee Paul Cochran (1919 - 1987)
*Calculated relationship
Memorial Park Cemetery
Dunklin County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Betty Dudley Smith Beard
Record added: Oct 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 78539059
Donald Lee <i>Paul</i> Cochran
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- Betty Dudley Smith Beard
 Added: Oct. 16, 2011

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