James Frank Cotton, Jr., 63, of Austin died Wednesday, June 5, 2013. He was born March 20, 1950, in Baton Rouge, La., to the late James Frank Cotton Sr. and Zara Louise Smith Cotton. Frank was a graduate of Denham Springs, La., High School. He worked in the trucking industry for more than 30 years. He was a member of Country Chapel and became an ordained minister in 1997.
Frank enjoyed gardening and woodworking as well as spending time with his grandchildren. He was happiest when he was outdoors and often told stories of fishing with his father as a young boy. Frank loved the time spent as his daughter’s softball coach and continued to support his "weekend daughters" until his passing. He loved LSU Tiger athletics and bled Purple and Gold. In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his sister, Deborah Cotton-King.
Mr. Cotton is survived by his wife Sharon Cotton of Austin; his daughter, Brooke Cotton of Cabot; his stepchildren, Teresa Smith of El Paso, Sunnie Skeem of Beebe and Tony Wheat of Wynne; his brother, C. Randy Cotton (Diana) of Benton, Miss.; grandchildren, Misty Jones, Erika Smith, Jamie Murphy, Riley Smith, Kasey McWhorter and Tanner Wheat; 11 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews, James and Cameron Cotton and Christopher Shain King.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Country Chapel, 3000 Hwy. 321 N., Ward, AR with Pastor Steve Zumalt officiating. Burial was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Grangeville Baptist Church Cemetery in Pine Grove, La.
The family asks that memorials be made to Jews For Jesus in support of Dan Sared and Massah at: www.jewsforjesus.org/staff/dan-sered or Jews for Jesus; 60 Haight Street; San Francisco, CA 94102.
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