Mrs. Faye Smith Cotney

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The funeral service for Mrs. Faye Smith Cotney, 86, will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at K. L. Brown Memory Chapel in Golden Springs with the Rev. Paul Suggs officiating. Burial will follow at Forestlawn Gardens. The family will receive friends from noon until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, at the funeral home. Mrs. Cotney was surrounded by family when she entered the gates of heaven on December 17, 2016, from her home in Oxford. Faye Smith was born on March 9, 1930, in Cragford to William J. and Minnie Smith. On November 30, 1946, she married Leslie Cotney at the age of 16. One year later they began their family with the birth of three boys and one girl over the next nine years. They were married for 56 years before Leslie went to see his Heavenly Father in 2003. After completing her GED, Faye attended the Anniston Business School in 1964 and went to work for the Anniston Army Depot as an Administrative Assistant until she retired in the mid-1980's. Faye and Leslie enjoyed singing gospel music, attending gospel singings all around the southeast and going to singing schools. After her retirement, the Oxford Senior Center was their second home. They participated in card games, visiting nursing homes and the weekly singing of which Mrs. Cotney continued until two months prior to her passing. Faye played the piano and filled in as pianist at Coldwater Methodist Church and then became a full-time pianist at Ohatchee Congregational Methodist Church for several years. They loved spending time with their grandchildren and often traveled to Memphis, Tulsa and Atlanta to see them. Mrs. Cotney is preceded in death by her siblings, sister Nettie Gay Suggs, and brothers, Ezra Smith, Elvin Smith, Curtis Smith, Lester Smith and Roy Smith. She is survived by her sons, Ronnie Cotney, of Jacksonville, retired Major General Russell Cotney, USAF, and wife Deborah, of Memphis, Tenn. and Robert F. Cotney, of Oxford; her daughter, Becky Warnock and husband Bill, of Tulsa, Okla.; grandchildren, Trey Warnock and wife Daniela, of Cumming, Ga., Lauren Cotney, of Memphis, Tenn., Rebecca Warnock, friend and husband, Stephen, of Grayson, Ga.; Leslie Warnock, of Chattanooga, Tn., Whitney Faye Warnock, of Spokane, Wash. and Oey Cotney of Tunica, Miss.; three great-grandchildren, Cara Cotney, of Pensacola, Fla., Kristin Cotney of Milton, Fla. and Anabella Warnock, of Cumming, Ga.; a sister, Wynelle Atkinson, of Blue Ridge, Ga., and numerous loving nieces and nephews and their families. Pallbearers will be Bill Warnock, Leslie Warnock, Trey Warnock, Shaw Williams, Harold Mooneyham, Doug Mooneyham and Wendell Wolfe. The family wants to thank the Gentiva Hospice group, Dr. Chalk and Anniston Family Practice, and Home Helpers, of Jacksonville for their care of their mom. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Meals on Wheels, in care of Interfaith Ministries of Calhoun County, P. O. Box 1444, Anniston, AL, 36202 (www.interfaithcalhoun.org). Online condolences may be made to the family at www.klbrownmemorychapel.com. K.L. Brown Memory Chapel 620 Golden Springs Road Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 231-2334
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Published in The Anniston Star on Dec. 20, 2016