June 19, 1913 ~ December 10, 2003
Arden ~ Lucille Whitaker Cothran, 90, died Wednesday, December 10, 2003 due to a lengthy illness.
A native of Henderson County, Mrs. Cothran was the daughter of the late Jasper and Lillian Dalton Whitaker and the wife of the late Dennis Boyd Cothran, who died in 1984. She was also preceded in death by a son, Richard J. Cothran.
Mrs. Cothran was a homemaker and a member of the Hendersonville Church of Christ.
Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Burgess of Toms River, NJ; two sons, Ronald E. Cothran of Alexandria, VA and Ted Cothran of Arden; a sister, Hazel Barnwell of Fletcher; nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be conducted Sunday at 2:00 PM at Tweed's Chapel Cemetery with Preacher Jerry Senn officiating.
The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Mtn. Region Office, 31 College Place, Suite D320, Asheville, NC 28801-2644.
my name is jessica burgess, i am one of the 9 grand children, and actually i am the baby of the grandchildren because i was the last one born. my brother is andrew burgess, he and i are both included in the 9 grand children, he has a daughter and a baby on the way and they are included in the 14 great grand children.
a few memories i have of grandma cothran,
i remember when i was little and before my parents divorce my mom would take me down to visit my granny and uncle ted, i remember when we’d always go to lake julian and feed the ducks.
i remember when id sit downstairs at her house during the summer, i remember the smell of the air, and how much fun we’d all have. i still remember sitting in that chair and looking at my grandmother for the last time she’d be at the house, before she was put into the nursing home.
when i was little my granny and me would always talk about random things while my mom was gone to the store, or somewhere else. we’d talk about her past, id tell her about school and all the new friends i was making, and i remember when i’d leave to go home, i always cried because i didnt want to leave i wanted to stay with granny and listen to her stories.
i also remember the years flying by so quickly, i hadnt seen her these past few years because my parents divorced and i had no way of going down there to see her. my summers belonged to my mother, who lives over 1000 miles away in NJ. but last summer, when she was put into the nursing home my mom drove to michigan and picked me up and we went to see her. i remember walking into the nursing home and seeing her in her wheelchair, she’d sit and look out the window for hours. i also remember feeding her dinner that day, boy was she a mess! LOL .. i have a picture of my uncle and my mom and my step dad and granny and me all sitting around her in her bedroom in the nursing home.
these memories are a few of the best things in my life right now. i am only 15, and i am growing up and getting rid of the old habits and dreams, but i will always have memories of my granny cothran, people come and go from my life so much these days, people are dying and people are just leaving for no reason at all but even though she is dead i will always save these memories for the rest of my life, i loved my grandma and i always will.
Lucille Cothran was my Grandmother, this loss of of her kindness and love is tragic. I loved my grandmother and was saddened to hear of her sickness and gladened to hear of her profound recovery. I am saddened by the loss of this fine lady and wish all who miss her as I do, I wish you all the solstice in the fact she is somewhere much better and she remembers us all as we are! The best way to keep her alive is to remember the good and the bad as is waht has all ways made life worth living.My family and I wish you all the best and love you all!
Andrew, Laura, Amber, and baby!
My Mother was a great Mom,she used to clean house at night while we slept,and she baked Christmas Cookies by the ‘Potato Chip Can Full'( yrs ago potato chips came in cans)We would have to catch the bus to go ‘Christmas Shopping’ in Detroit,lots of memories of those days,where have they gone? The years have gone by so fast….they were great years,we didn’t have alot of money,but we had food to eat and a clean house,clean clothes,and at times we had ‘cardboard’ in our shoes,Dad worked hard for us…..as did Mom…she always said ‘When your Father works around the house I should work also’,and she did….aw them days ,they’re gone but surely not forgotten,and in my dreams I relive those days…sometimes a smell will catch my sences and a memory will come forth in my mind…them days are gone! Mom was good to us..and I miss knowing she’s not with us! Someday we’ll see her and Dad….and all the others,they will great us with open arms,and no tears…..just JOY !
Love You Mom……Always..Sheri.