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Thomas Cotten Obituary
Thomas Chester Cotten of Sulphur, Okla., departed Monday, July 28, 2014, after a long battle with lung cancer. Funeral: 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home in Colleyville. Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Tom Cotten was born May 27, 1941, in Arkansas and raised in Bakersfield, Calif. He left high school to join the Navy where he met his first wife, Colleen, while stationed in Long Beach. Upon her death, he and his children moved to Colleyville where he met his wife, Marjorie, and spent the next 35 years raising their children together. Tom worked as a machinist for Bell Helicopter until his retirement to his lake house in Sulphur, Okla., where he spent the days fishing and taking walks with his father-in-law and best friend, Thurman "TC" Hudson. Tom was an accomplished singer and self-taught guitarist who wailed on the harmonica and passed on his talent and love for music to all children. His true success in life was the pride and accomplishment of raising his children and grandchildren, and being surrounded by the love of his life, Marjorie. He was preceded in death by his son, David Cotten; and parents, William and Katherine Cotten. Survivors: Thomas "Tommy" is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Marjorie Robinson Cotten, who never left his side; eight children, Wendy Hampton and husband, Michael, John Robb, Linda Chancellor, Rebecca Handy and husband, Frank, Catherine Cotten, Lana Pruitt and husband, Warren, Teresa Cotten, and John Cotten; 15 grandchildren, Lana Kay Lambert and husband, Wes, Travis Hampton and wife, Jennifer, Tawnya Sellars and husband, Glenn, Eric Verdeja and wife, Denise, LeeArron Hughes and husband, Billy, Kory McGinnis, Warren Pruitt, Chad Robinson, Jordan Robb, Kyle Robb, Jeffery Funk, Jarrett "JT" Funk, Nikolaus Cotten and William Cotten; and great-grandchildren, Alexis Simon and Garrett June Ellington Holman.
Published in Star-Telegram on Aug. 1, 2014
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