By action of the Kentucky General Assembly, a section along US 25 in Madison County will now be designated the “Cecil “Dude” Cochran Memorial Highway”. Cochran was a Madison County Native and was elected sheriff of Madison County in 1982 after serving as deputy sheriff from the previous 4 years. He held that position until 2007 and was the first sheriff elected who could succeed himself which made him the longest serving sheriff in Madison County. Cochran and his wife Betsy owned and operated the Madison Furniture Company for 28 years and he also operated a lime hauling business. Today at the dedication ceremony several friends and family members along with several local officials including Representative Deanna Frazier of District 81 stopped by to take part and honor Cochran.
Current Madison County Sheriff Mike Coyle took part in the ceremony as well and had this to say “I want to congratulate Dude, and his family today for this very special honor. Dude Cochran, may he rest in peace.”
While serving as Sheriff of Madison County he was a member of the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association and always supported the Kentucky Sheriff’s Boys and Girls Ranch in Gilbertsville.
He passed away at the age of 86, in March 2019 and will now forever be honored with his own stretch of Highway 25.
“Cecil “Dude” Cochran Memorial Highway”