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Paul Jamison Cohran

June 30, 1986 — February 20, 2024



Paul Jamison Cohran, 37, of Valdosta, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at South Georgia Medical Center following a period of declining health.   Paul was an Eagle Scout, Class of 2004, from Troop 228 chartered by Douglasville First United Methodist Church.   He had also been a Nationally Registered Advanced Emergency Medical Technician since 2004.  Paul was a veteran of the United States Navy.   Having graduated at the top of his Hospital Corpsman Class “A” School, Paul was honored to speak to his class during the final graduation ceremonies.   As an FMF Corpsman he was stationed at MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, CA, serving at the Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital and then in Iraq with MWSS-374 EOD.   Locally, Paul had been employed with South Georgia Medical Center as a Patient Care Technician in the Emergency Department from 2013 to 2017, leaving there to focus on Nursing studies at Valdosta State University.   Paul always had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and was an avid and voracious reader on a wide variety of subjects including the classics, medicine, philosophy, military history and strategy.  He was a great lover of the outdoors and took immense pleasure in activities such as camping, hiking, snow skiing, kayaking, and scuba diving.  Paul took pride in his Sailing certifications and had been looking forward to purchasing his own sailboat one day.  He had an eclectic taste in music and particularly enjoyed songs by Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, as well as Jazz, the Blues and especially Classic Rock.  Paul was often overheard referring to himself as an ‘old soul’.   He was truly a gentleman who held fast to his ideals, had a heart for helping others and was faithful and true to those he loved and cared about. “Semper Fortis”.

Paul is survived by his parents, Larry A. and Deborah S. Cohran of Douglasville, Georgia; a brother, Davin C. Cohran; uncles and aunts, Garry Cohran, Jane and Ronald Nelson, Melba Jo Scoggins, Annie Ruth Duke, Anthony F. Smith; numerous cousins; beloved friend, Valerie Fraser.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James F. and Frances C. Smith of Huntsville, Alabama, and A. Louie and Opal Long Cohran of Mableton, Georgia; his uncles, Harold Scoggins and Rev. J. Carlton Duke.

A family memorial service for Paul Cohran will be held at a later date.   Donations in memory of Paul can be made to The Wounded Warrior Project at  or The Tunnel to Towers Foundation at   Condolences to the family may be conveyed online at  Carson McLane Funeral Home

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