Ann Cochran Platt - CHARLOTTE, NC
Ann Platt Charlotte, NC - Ann Cochran Platt entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, January 30 2018. She was born in Charleston, SC on December 20, 1930 and was a graduate of Bishop England High School. As a young girl, she was active in the Footlight Players Children’s and Adult Theater, where her most outstanding role was “Dorothy” in “The Wizard of Oz.” She also studied drama under Elizabeth B. Grimball, founder of the New York School of Theater.
Ann graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech and drama from College Misericordia in Dallas, PA. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Aiken, SC. She taught speech and drama at St. Angela Academy and St. Mary Help of Christians School. She also remained active in the theater and played the leading role of “Joan” in “Joan of Lorraine,” the first in-the-round performance staged at Aiken’s Municipal Auditorium.
It was also in Aiken where Ann met and married in 1953 Harold Edwin “Buddy” Platt, Jr., previous owner of Platt’s Drug Store and Kwik Shop stores of Aiken, SC. Together, they traveled extensively around the world. Ann was one of the professional women to travel on a “People to People” trip to Finland, Sweden, Czechoslovakia, East and West Berlin, France and the then U.S.S.R. A highlight for Ann was meeting with the Central Committee of Soviet Women in Leningrad and Moscow. From her travels, Ann created an extensive collection of antique and modern foreign dolls.
While her family was a priority, Ann was active in numerous community and church organizations. She was a past president of the Pine Needle Garden Club and a life member of the SC Garden Association. She was a member of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church and served as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist for 20 years in Aiken, the Beaufort area and Edisto Beach. She was a co-president of St. Mary Women’s Club, a two-term past president of the Aiken Deanery and vice president of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. She was also a “Daughter of the King” at St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church in Aiken, after transferring her membership from Edisto. She received numerous recognitions for her frequent visits to residents of Aiken’s nursing homes. She was a past member of Houndslake Country Club, The Pinnacle Club and the Outing Club.
In the mid-1990s, she moved to Edisto Beach and later Mt. Pleasant, where she continued in giving of herself through many community and church activities. But, Aiken held a large piece of her heart, and she returned there in 2005.
Ann was predeceased by her husband, her son Harold Edwin Platt Jr., and a grandson, Clarence. She is survived by her three daughters and daughter-in-law, Mary Beth Eldridge of Ponce Inlet, FL; Duvall Herlocker of Mt. Pleasant, SC; Bardeen Forman (Arthur) of Charlotte, NC; and Tina Platt of Aiken; and her loving grandchildren, Melissa (Scott), Janson (Kellie), Ashlyn, Morgan (Rose), Alex(Mary Jo), Keenan (Anna), Downing, Graham, Duvall, Kyle, Hep (Hillary) and Thomas as well as her adored great-grandchildren, Savannah, Gavin, Aspen, Georgi, Margot, Jasper, Edwin and Parker. She is also survived by her loving sister, Trudie McManus. Ann was predeceased in death by her parents and her sister, Mickey Robison and a brother Raymond Cochran.
A rosary and visitation will be held at Saint Gabriel Catholic Church on Friday, February 2, at 10:00am.
Funeral will be Friday February 2 at 11:00.
Donations may be made to:
Novant Health Hospice & Palliative Care
P.O. Box 33549, Charlotte NC 28233
Eternal World Television Network (Catholic Global Network)
5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale AL 35210
St.Thaddeus Episcopal Church perpetual care
125 Pendleton St., S.W., Aiken SC 29801