The Life of Donnon Cothran
Donnon "Flim" D. Cothran, 74, husband of Frances Bowder Cothran and Ansonia resident, died Wednesday December 31, 2008 at the V.A. Hospital in West Haven. He was born January 6, 1943 in Ware Shoals, S.C. son of the late Roland and Jessie Turner Cothran. In addition to his wife, Frances, he is survived by his sister Doris Brownlee; brother Leonard and wife Patsy, all of South Carolina; as well as several nieces and nephews including his two beloved nieces, Stephanie Martin of West Hartford and Angelina Lescrynski of Seymour. He graduated from Ware Shoals High School and Technical School in South Carolina and worked as a mold designer for Raybestos Corp. of Stratford. Donnon served in the U.S. Navy from 1954-1961, serving aboard the aircraft carrier the U.S.S. Tarawa during the Korean War, stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba during the missile crisis and also later in Newport, R.I. He was a flight naigator for the entry of airplanes and an aide to the captain on his barge. Donnon was a member of the Ansonia Senior Center and member of the American Legion, Rocky Hill Post. He received a certificate of merit from the American V.F.W. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church Ansonia. The Jenkins-King Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Ansonia.