Eugene "Gene" Cottrell
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SHREVEPORT, LA - Eugene Cottrell passed away Thursday, April 26, 2012, at the age of 85. Eugene was born October 16, 1926, in Simmsport, Louisiana. Funeral services will be held at Centuries Memorial Funeral Home, 8801 Mansfield Road in Shreveport Saturday April 28, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. Officiating will be Rev. Mark Bray of Summer Grove United Methodist Church. Visitation will be April 28 from 10:00 A.M. until time of services at Centuries Memorial Funeral Home.
Eugene was a Veteran serving in the United States Air Force during World War II. After his military service, he began a lengthy career with the telephone company retiring from Bell South after 36 years. He was very active in the Communication Workers of America and the Telephone Pioneers. Eugene was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ethel Mathewes Cottrell; one daughter, Louise and James Young; two sons, James and Cindy Cottrell and Mark Cottrell; eleven grandchildren (Jennifer and husband Jimmy, Joel and wife, Leah Ann, Stewart, Jamie, Bec, Sam, Scott, Mary, Catherine, Avery and Mignon); six great grandchildren (Jessica, Julia, Jenna, Will, Walker and Zakkary) as well as two sisters and several nieces and nephews.
Eugene had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed talking and listening to others at every opportunity. His passion in retirement was working in his yard and sharing his home grown tomatoes with friends and family. He loved his family dearly and always had a stash of Hershey's chocolates on hand for every visit.
Members of the Ragan Middleton Sunday School class at Summer Grove United Methodist Church will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Daniel J. Moller, M.D., Dr. Anil Chhabra, M.D., Dr. Manish Dhawan, M.D. along with all of their staffs as well as all the Doctors and staff at Regional Urology for the excellent care they provided Eugene for many years.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Summer Grove United Methodist Church of the charity of donor's choice.
Published in Shreveport Times on Apr. 28, 2012