Former Cochran mayor Bohannon dead at 89

jkovac@macon.comFebruary 3, 2014 

James Mitchell Bohannon Sr., a decorated Navy aviator in World War II who was mayor of Cochran in the late 1960s, died Monday. He was 89.

Bohannon suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, said his son, Jimmy Bohannon.

The senior Bohannon was born in Dodge County in 1924, and his family lived in Eastman, Rhine and Hawkinsville as his father followed sawmill work.

In World War II, Bohannon twice earned the Distinguished Flying Cross as a first radioman aboard a B-24 bomber over the Pacific in the spring and summer of 1945.

“He used to have a drawer full of medals when I was a kid,” Jimmy Bohannon said. “But he got where he didn’t talk about it much.”

After the war, in 1948, Bohannon founded Bohannon Builders Supply in Cochran.

Bohannon was a Cochran city councilman, and from 1966 until 1970 he was the town’s mayor.

“He loved Cochran,” Jimmy Bohannon said. “He was a very smart man, a good businessman and a very well-respected person. Of course, I’m prejudiced.”

Bohannon’s funeral is Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Mathis Funeral Home in Cochran.

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