Audie Lee Cothron

Born in Dixon Springs, TN on December 11, 1936

Departed on September 22, 2020 and resided in Springfield, TN

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Audie Lee Cothron of Springfield, Tennessee passed away at his home on Tuesday, 22 September. He was 83 years old.

Audie was born and grew up on a farm in Dixon Springs, TN on December 11, 1936. He was the oldest son of Audie Efford and Beula McClard Cothron. Audie was a member of the Meadorville Missionary Baptist Church. After graduating from Macon County High School, he married Betty Jean Shoulders from Carthage, TN on Dec 23, 1954 and they moved to Springfield, TN where Audie worked in the Woolen Mills for several years. He later became a parts and production control manager working at Nutone, Electrolux, Peterbilt and AVCO. His last job before retiring in 2006 was at Prestige Printing. Audie was an active member in the Greenbrier community supporting the boys many sports and school activities as a volunteer Little League coach, high school score keeper and member of the Lions Club. Audie greatly enjoyed his family and especially playing with and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren's activities.

Preceding Audie in death were his half-sister, Loretta Sauls, brother Melburn and grandson Joseph. Surviving are his wife Betty, brother Morris Cothron, his three sons (daughter-in-laws) Tony (Beth), Mike (Cindi) and Kenny (Gale), six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation for family and friends will be on Sunday, 27 Sep from 4-8 p.m. with funeral service and burial on Monday, September 28, 2020 starting at 11 a.m. at Springfield Funeral Home. Brother Frankie Kirby will provide the funeral sermon. Brother James Shoulders will read the obituary at the service and Brother GW Knight will provide closing remarks and prayer at the graveside. Pallbearers will be Alex, Mitchell and Erik Cothron, Brian Grogan, John Michael Carver and Jeremy Sanders with Owen Grogan, Joseph Michael and Johnny Rex Carver as honorary pallbearers.
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These arrangements were entrusted to Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Cremation Center: 4005 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172 615-384-5437.

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18 Comments to Audie Lee Cothron

  1. Natasha Knight says:

    Sorry for your loss! Prayers for the family! Audie was like a family member to us all! Definitely will miss him

  2. Mala Bruce says:

    Tony and family Rusty and I are so sry for your loss. It’s so hard to loose a parent. my prayers will be with your family. we can’t be there because I’m in quarantine. Be safe and careful.

  3. Sherry Schuller says:

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your companion! Prayers for the family as well as Greenfield MBC for he will truly be missed &, wouldn’t trade anything for being raised up in church with him & his family for it was truly a blessing from God! Sister Betty I love you so much & my heart aches for all your family

  4. Sherry Schuller says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss of your companion & prayers for you & family for he will be truly missed @ Greenfield church he was always there & thankful for being raised up in church with him & family it was a blessing from God & I love you Sister Betty Jean so much for prayers for you & whole family!!!

  5. Bob and Rebecca Vanderpool says:

    Our love and prayers to Mrs. Betty, and family, Morris and the Greenfield Church family.

  6. Dave and Penny Carver says:

    we are terribly sorry that we are unable to get to Tennessee for the services. We will miss Audie. He was always so welcoming and helpful during our visits to Tennessee for holidays, summer vacations and just hanging out. We will always remember when he received our gag gift one Christmas at Mother Shoulders. He never knew where it came from but he was a great sport and shared the gift with the entire family that Christmas Eve.

  7. Doug Bryan says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Audie. When I first came to Peterbilt, Audie took me under his wing. He was a good man and and a dedicated Christian. My condolences to Kenny and all of the family.
    Doug Bryan

  8. Charlotte & Kenny says:

    Aunt Bet, Tony, Mike & Kenny, so sorry to hear about the sudden passing of Audie Lee. I will never forget “Big Daddy” & how he always enjoyed getting a good laugh on everyone. He will truly be missed. Very sorry we are not able to be with you but always know we love you & will keep you in our prayers.

    • Tony Cothron says:

      Thank you so much Charlotte. He did enjoy playing with all the Shoulders’s grandkids
      My Mom is doing well, as you know it’s a very strong group of women.
      Hope to see y’all one of these days.

  9. Sherry Schuller (Johnson) says:

    Sorry for posting twice here but I just want to say who I was in case nobody knew my last married name as Schuller I’m Sherry Lynn Johnson daughter of Bill & Betty Johnson & sister to Johnny Johnson who have all gone to heavenly home & Tony, Mike, Kenny so sorry for the loss of your dad &, loved him very much all of you in our prayers take care God bless!

  10. Temesa Parker says:

    Frances Johnson and her girls are so sorry for your loss. We all share so many previous memories!

  11. Jerry and Peggy (Cothron) Claiborne says:

    Betty and family, we are thinking of you and send our sincere sympathy and love. May the good Lord be close by your side. (Cousin Efford was like a brother to my dad, Roscoe Cothron.)

  12. Elder Jeff and Annette Brown says:

    We’ve lost a friend and – most importantly – a Brother. Our hearts are full and blessed, sad and glad at the same time. We send our love and lift our prayers for you all.

  13. Ron Bollinger says:

    Peace, comfort and condolences to the family. I have known Mr. Audie since I was a teenager.

  14. Pamela Owsley says:

    My thoughts and prayers are going out to all of the Cothron family. Audie was a very sweet, kind, patient and always smiling community dad who I’m sure is rejoicing in Heaven with my parents and other friends we’ve lost along the way. May God be with you all as our hearts are broken for his passing but rejoice in the in comfort for our loving memories of him.

  15. Steve Robertson says:

    The entire Cothran family is in my thoughts and prayers. Audie was one of the kindest and finest men I have ever known. I will always remember him as my Douglas Market little league baseball coach. I remember one summer during our end of season tournament, his church was having revival and Audie and Betty set their priorities such that if revival interfered with any games; then Kenny, Mike and Tony were at revival rather than the game. I do not remember who won the tournament, but I still remember their strong example of Christian faith.

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