Chief Master Sgt. Harold J. "Joe" Cotten USAF retired, 69, of New Baden, Ill., born Aug. 16, 1935 in Apex, N.C. died Sept. 14, 2004, at his home.
He served 28 years in the United States Air Force and
retired in 1984 as a chief master sergeant. Following his retirement from the Air Force, Harold worked in health services and for correctional centers and was most recently working for Wexford Health Services. He was a member of the New Baden United Methodist Church and a lay speaker; New Baden Lions Club; the American Legion Post 321;Top 3 at SAFB. He also was a former member of the New Baden Village Board, serving 13 years. He enjoyed golf and jazz and gospel music.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Alberta, nee Thompson, Cotten; one brother, Willis E. Cotten; one sister in infancy, Hattie Rose Cotten; and aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his wife, Pong Sue, nee Saelaing, Cotten, whom he married in Thailand, May 11, 1969; a daughter, Myrl (Robert Small) Cotten-Small of Dayton, Ohio; a son, Michael (Gina) Cotten of Fairview Heights; four grandchildren, Tatianna, Vivian, Kyra and Brady; a sister, Floya (Lewis T. Sr.) Brown of Charlotte, N.C.; a brother, Lewis A.(Carrol) Cotten Sr. of Apex, NC; Raymond Thomas of Fayetteville, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Ida Cotten of Moncure, NC; and an aunt, Lovie Harris of Raleigh, N.C. Harold is also survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law throughout the United States and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to New Baden United Methodist Church or New Baden Lions Club or American Cancer Society.
Visitation: Friends may call after 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2004 at Hempen Funeral Home New Baden, Ill., and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday Sept. 18, at the New Baden United Methodist Church. The American legion will visit at 7 p.m., and the Lions Club will visit at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004 at the New Baden United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steven Friese, officiating. Burial will be held in Greenmount Cemetery, New Baden.
HEMPEN FUNERAL HOME, New Baden, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Sept. 16 to Sept. 17, 2004