Retired CSM A.C.-Cotton-Obituary

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Retired CSM A.C. Cotton

Apr 11, 1935 - Sep 7, 2021 (Age 86)

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My very dear and treasured friend; my mentor who acted many times as a father to me, my hero. Thank you so very much for all you did for me, meant to me. I have often thought of you over the many years. I checked on you, called you but I missed the chance to say good by to you. Much love Command Sergeant Major, thank you for everything. Your passing breaks my heart, but old soldiers never die, they just fade away. I will never forget you and never be able to thank you enough for all you...

Rest Easy, Be Blessed & Thank you not only for your service in the Military, but also for the examples you set and left with us to cherish and follow throughout time.
Thank you sir.

Sending condolences from The Blackshire Family. Rest In Peace A C.

My Deepest Sympathy go out to the Family of CSM/Deacon Cotton.He was truly a Men of God we will miss and Cherish of his knowledge,Wisdom, his Kindness and his Love
at Greater Vision Community Church,I am Praying for the Family God Bless .So Rest in Peace Retired CSM/Deacon A.C.Cotton.

Gone too soon, but your legion will last forever. I love you, best God loved you best.

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Our deepest sympathies to the Family of CSM (ret) AC Cotton. CSM Cotton was a superb senior NCO as 11th ACR Regimental CSM from 1980-1983. I was honored to serve with him 1982-1983 when I was privileged to command the Regiment from 1982-1984. He was the absolute best, respected and admired by every Trooper and leader in the Regiment. Treasured our service together and continuing friendship.
Our continuing thoughts and prayers are with you.

Hoping that the good memories and stories of your Dad will bring some comfort as you find your way through this difficult time. Mr. Cotton was nothing less than Amazing, he was a kind and loving Father, Grandfather, and friend to all. He had the most Infectious smile , one that would light up any room . Mr. C you will be missed dearly!

MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY DURING THIS TIME OF BEREAVEMENT. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER CSM COTTON. HE WAS VERY INSTRUMENTAL IN MY LIFE. A TRUE PROFESSIONAL AND TRUE LEADER IN ALL AREAS OF HIS LIFE. HE TRULY SET THE EXAMPLE OF A REAL MAN...BLACKHORSE CSM

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Retired CSM A.C.'s Obituary

Funeral service for Retired CSM A.C. Cotton, 86 of Killeen, TX will be held Thursday, September 23, 2021, 1:00 p.m. at Greater Vision Community Church in Killeen, TX. Burial with full military honors will follow the service at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, TX. 

Viewing will be held 2 hours prior to the service (11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) at the church. 

Mr. Cotton passed away September 7, 2021 in Killeen, TX. 

A. C. Cotton was born the 5th of 11 children on April 11, 1935 to James and Mozell Cotton.

He professed Christ at an early age and was baptized into the Christian faith at Baptist Grove M. B. in Miner City, Mississippi. He moved to Killeen, Texas in 2005, where he joined Greater Vision Community Church and served as a Deacon. He loved the Lord and studied the Bible daily. He was a loving husband, a devoted father, a man of great faith, a pillar of the community, a mason, and a soldier’s soldier.

He joined the Army in 1955. He achieved the rank of Command Sergeant Major, and served more than 33 years. He served honorably in the Vietnam war. He later made history as the first black soldier to occupy the position of Division Sergeant Major, 1st Cavalry Division.

His military schools included the First Sergeant and the Sergeants Major Academy. He received an Associate’s Degree in General Management from El Paso Community College. His awards and decorations included the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.

Deacon Cotton was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Irene Cotton, his daughter Linda Cotton, his parents; James and Mozell Cotton and 7 siblings.

He leaves to cherish his memory 3 loving daughters, Delores Holt, Diann & (Dale) Larry, and Brenda Cotton, 3 siblings, M.C. Cotton, Mozella Applewhite, and Catherine Sykes. He leaves 6 grandchildren, Katarra Holt, Natasha Larry, Kamika & (Jeremy) Grice, Shayla & (Neiman) Johnson, Benny Steele, Billy Joe Jr. & (Callyn) Amos. He leaves 8 great grandchildren, Jasharia Scott, Julius Scott II, Jeremiah Scott, Jordan Dorr, Zabrayden Nobles, Nehemiah Nobles, Zikaylah Nobles, and Gracelyn Amos. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; especially including, Colonel Billy McGowan, and General Paul Funk.

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