Jesse Owen (J.O.) Cothron, 93, of Oneida, passed away January 14, 2013, at North Knoxville Medical Center in Knoxville.

Born in LaFayette, Tennessee, August 29, 1919, he was preceded in death by his parents, Virginia Alexander and John B. Cothron; the mother of his daughter, Hazel Long Cothron; and sister, Oneta Corrie.

He was a member of New Haven Baptist Church; and was a veteran of World War II serving from 1942-1946, with an end rank of Major. He served as Graves Registration and Memorial officer headquarters quartermaster service Central Pacific Base Command at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He was a member of VFW Post #5669 and American Legion Post #13, both of Oneida. He was also owner/operator of several funeral homes in Tennessee and Texas. In 1995, he was honored by the Tennessee Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers for 50 years of service in the profession. He also was involved in real estate, hotel/motels, and owned several used car dealerships throughout Texas and Tennessee.

He is survived by his daughter, Candy Thompson of Oneida; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, brother-in-law, Max Corrie of Albuquerque, New Mexico; nephew, Chuck Corrie and wife, Barbara, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; special friends: John Vernon Thompson of Oneida, and residents of the Oneida Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; and many other relatives.

Funeral service was conducted January 18, in the chapel of Jones & Son Funeral Home with Bro. John Vernon Thompson officiating. Graveside service was conducted January 19, at Long-Phillips Cemetery with full military honors conducted by American Legion Post #136 of Oneida.

Jones & Son Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.