John C. Cothran

John C. Cothran

Retired Chair, Cothran Company and Past President, Greenville Board of Realtors and Home Builders Association

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John C. Cothran, a native of Benton, Arkansas, graduated from Furman in 1954. After two years as an officer with the U.S. Army 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, he entered the field of real estate, and since 1956, he has been a leader in real estate development in Greenville. The retired chair of the Cothran Company, he is past president of the Greenville Board of Realtors and Home Builders Association and has been honored as Realtor of the Year and Homebuilder of the Year, and is a member of the South Carolina Housing Hall of Fame.

He has served Greenville's First Baptist Church as deacon and Chair of Deacons. An organizing member of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF), he is a past Moderator of the South Carolina CBF. He also has served on numerous boards in the Greenville Community including the Chamber of Commerce, Greenville Jaycees, Community Housing Corporation, and First Union National Bank Advisory Board among others.

He was a founding member of the ownership group and board member of GBS Building Supply from its inception in 1973 until its sale in 2016.  He is Chair Emeritus of Verdae Development, Inc. and a former member of the Hollingsworth Funds Board.  He is past chair of the Furman Board of Trustees, the Advisory Council, and past president of the Paladin Club.  He received the Furman Alumni Service Award in 1992.

John and his wife, Jeanette, have four sons: Clark '84, Stephen '86, Philip, and Scott.