May 15, 1947 - April 29, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY James Cotton passed away in Oklahoma City on April 29, 2014 after a short illness. He was born in Oklahoma City to Jake Perry and Winnie Minter, and he attended Northwest Classen High School. He was drafted to Vietnam while he was in high school, and he obtained his GED when he was serving his country. In Vietnam, he served as an army medic with the 4th Infantry Division where he was honorably discharged. Post Vietnam, he worked at Dayton Tire Company where he retired from there after 30 years of service. Jim was the ultimate autodidactic person as he was an avid reader, a master gardener, and an art lover and collector. He created beauty with everything he touched, and he knew no stranger. Jim forged strong bonds with his fellow Vietnam Veterans, and he cried every time he heard a story about Vets in the media. He is survived by his wife Huda J. Mussa, his daughters Gina Bechears and DeAnna Murray from his marriage to Liz Cotton, his granddaughters Ryleigh Be-shears as well as Madison, Cassidy and Sydney Murray, and DG Smalling who was like a son to Jim. Jim was buried with full military honors in Fort Sill National Cemetery on May 12th, 2014. An informal gathering for friends and family will be held on Saturday May 17th at the Carriage House in the Overholser Mansion from 2-4 PM. For those who wish to donate in his memory, the family prefers that the donations go to Pearl Mesta Park. The family likes to extend special thanks to the nurses and Doctors at St. Anthony's Hospital for providing compassionate care to Jim during the last days of his life. May his memory be eternal.

Published in The Oklahoman on May 15, 2014