New bench dedicated to longtime Limestone County advocate

Kathy Charlie and Holly
A new bench was installed in dedication to longtime Limestone County advocate Kathy Cothren. (Greater Ardmore Chamber of Commerce)

There are some people who live extraordinary lives of service. And that was definitely the case for Limestone County resident Kathy Cothren. Which is why the Foundation of Aging and City of Athens Activity Center dedicated a bench in her memory. 

The bench is located on the front porch of the Athens Activity Center on Pryor Street in Athens. Kathy was a true advocate for Athens, Ardmore and Limestone County as a whole.

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A lifetime of service to Limestone County

Kathy bench plaque
Kathy Cothren was a resident of Ardmore and a servant to Limestone County. (Greater Ardmore Chamber)

Cothren, who passed away last year during her second battle with cancer, spent most of her life dedicated to service in numerous ways throughout Limestone County.

Her community involvement included:

  • Member of the Greater Ardmore Chamber
  • Member of Community Baptist Church
  • Involved with the City of Athens Relay for Life
  • Involved in Foundation for Aging in Limestone County
  • Served as a mentor for the Athens Mayor’s Youth Commission

In addition to her involvement in community organizations, Cothren also was an avid supporter of Ardmore High School and all of the school’s sporting events. 

She along with her husband, Charles, organized and cooked an untold gallons of chicken stew for fundraisers for veterans, volunteer fire departments, sports teams and many other organizations.

About Kathy Cothren

Cothren (far left) was heavily involved in multiple civic and community organizations. (Greater Ardmore Chamber)

Kathy Cothren was 70 years old at the time of her death on April 22, 2022. According to her obituary, she was survived by her husband Charles Cothren of Ardmore; her daughter, Sherie, her brother, Skip Bates; her sisters, Judy Elder and Polly Goats, and two grandchildren in addition to a host of nieces, nephews and close friends.

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Michael Seale
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