Macon T. Cotton Jr.
1938 - 2021
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Macon T. Cotton Jr.
Founder of Cotton Funeral Service; generous philanthropist who believed his community deserved 'only the best'
Macon T. Cotton Jr., licensed funeral director and entrepreneur, quietly passed away on January 4, 2021, at his home in Forked River, N.J.
Born in Paterson on September 30, 1938 and raised in Orange, N.J., Macon graduated from Orange High School and the American Academy of Mortuary Science in New York City.
Coming from a family of funeral directors and working with his father and uncle, Macon set out to start his own business and to establish his legacy in 1970. He opened Cotton Funeral Service at 130 Lyons Avenue, Newark, N.J., in 1971. In 1977, he opened funeral services at 130 Main Street in Orange, N.J.
Always believing that the community deserved "only the best," he opened a state-of-the-art facility at 1025 Bergen Street, Newark, N.J., in 2004. He continued to expand and in 2009, the Cotton Parker Funeral Home was dedicated to continue funeral service in Jersey City, N.J.
Some of Mr. Cotton's professional memberships included the NFDA, the NJSFDA and the GSFDA. He was also a member of St. James Lodge No. 61 Free and Accepted Masons PHA for over 50 years.
Involved in multiple aspects of community service, in 2003 "Echoes" Grief Counseling was established at 116 Main Street, Orange, N.J., to provide grief counseling to bereaved families free of charge.
Recognized by many in the area, and receiving numerous awards for his philanthropic endeavors, on June 18, 2013, the street in front of the Orange funeral home was named Macon T. Cotton Jr. Plaza, in a ceremony presided over by Mayor Dwayne Warren.
Macon T. Cotton Jr. is survived by his wife, Allyson Cotton; daughter, Karen Chaplin; son, Macon T. Cotton III; a host of grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and many other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Heart Transplant Department and the Dementia Society of America.
The visitations will be as follows: Saturday, January 16th from 2 to 5 p.m. at Cotton Funeral Service, 130 Main Street, Orange, N.J., and Sunday, January 17th from 12 noon until 5 p.m. at Cotton Funeral Service, 1025 Bergen Street, Newark, N.J.
Funeral Services will be private.

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Published in The Star-Ledger on Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 18, 2021
Allyson May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. My husband and I met Mr Cotton in 1994 in Barbados and found him to be a very kind and helpful man with a pleasant personality. Whenever we called upon him for any assistance to purchase anything from the USA wheather it was vehicle parts or other he was always quite willing and helpful and made sure we get them asap. Whenever he came to Barbados he would always invite us to visit him. I always remembered that pleasant smile. He always said bless your heart when we contracted our business with him.
Our deepest condolences to the family. May he rest in peace & rise in glory.

Angela & Anthony Alleyne
Barbados
Angela Alleyne
Friend
January 18, 2021
Allyson May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. My husband and I met Mr Cotton in 1994 in Barbados and found him to be a very kind and helpful man with a pleasant personality. Whenever we called upon him for any assistance to purchase anything from the USA wheather it was vehicle parts or other he was always quite willing and helpful and made sure we get them asap. Whenever he came to Barbados he would always invite us to visit him. I always remembered that pleasant smile. He always said bless your heart when we contracted our business with him.
Our deepest condolences to the family. May he rest in peace & rise in glory.

Angela & Anthony Alleyne
Barbados
Angela Alleyne
Friend
January 17, 2021
RIP Mr.Cotton you surely will be missed, Mr.cotton was a very nice person to my mother Joan n to my family he could always count on my mother she will be there my mother will miss u for the kind person you was to her its was unbelievable to see ur gone we will miss your kind words n she will never forget all what u have done for my mother n family continue to rip until we meet again .
Sheena white
Friend
January 16, 2021
You were a friend of mine for 70+ years. We shared many good times, many laughs together. We have spent time together from grade school thru high school, and then as adult men, young to old! I will miss our daily phone calls to each other and so many weekends together in Forked River. Rest in Heaven my dear friend..May God Bless You!
J Curtis Hutchins
Friend
January 15, 2021
Macon was my good friend. Helen and I shared many memorable moments with Macon, Alyson, and others that I call the Barbados Group.
As I now miss Helen, I also miss my good friend Macon. May God Bless us all, as we hope to meet again in one of the Mansons that Jesus said was in His Father's house;
Fred Means
Friend
January 15, 2021
I have know Macon Jr my entire life. He has always been there for my family with unending support and love. I am extremely grateful for his generous spirit. Thank you for always being there when we needed assistance. Although we have not been able to see you for a while, I pray that you are now at Heavenly peace.
Norma Davis
Family
January 14, 2021
I remember when I was only 7 or 8 years old, Daddy (Samuel J. Simmons Jr.) would always stop by to say hello to Mr. Macon. Stopping there was always, "on the way home" and would "only take a few minutes". He always talked about how Mr. Macon was his buddy and they truly were good friends. It's been quite a while since I have seen Mr. Macon but I remember him fondly as a really nice man. He was my Dad's friend and they enjoyed each other. That made me happy so I was happy to go see Mr. Macon any time Daddy wanted to take a few minutes. It was Mr. Macon that also helped us give our parents a special anniversary present. When we asked, Mr. Macon and his son assisted with no hesitation. I will never forget his love for my parents and our family. When Daddy passed in 2019, it was the Cotton Family that gently and sweetly helped us lay Daddy to rest. Thank you Mr. Macon for loving our family and sharing your family with us. From our family to yours - may God bless each of you during this time of transition and may the love you hold for Mr. Macon be with you always to comfort and to cheer. I love you all.
Lysa D. Simmons of Syracuse, NY
Friend
January 14, 2021
To the Cotton Family
Know to me as uncle Macon, more like a guiding light. All the knowledge imparted to me and my Brother Wayne as we grew up. I am blessed to know a King of your magnitude. May your Light shine down on your Family as you shined in my life. Rest In Peace and power.
Wyatt Tim. page
Family
January 13, 2021
To the family of King Macon T.Cotton Jr. In behalf of the Williams/ Thomas family we extend our heartfelt condolences to you. Cotton Funeral Services has been a light to our family since the early 80's. We thank you! God's comforting arms will cover & keep you. May your soul rest in power, King!
The Williams & Thomas family.
Shauna Perry
January 13, 2021
To the family of King Macon T.Cotton Jr. In behalf of the Williams/ Thomas family we extend our heartfelt condolences to you. Cotton Funeral Services has been a light to our family since the early 80's. We thank you! God's comforting arms will cover & keep you. May your soul rest in power, King!
The Williams & Thomas family.
January 13, 2021
My condolences to the family. Bro. Cotton was a fine man and always helped our Chapter, St. James #58 whenever he was asked. He supported everything we did. When I was Worthy Matrony he supported us without hesitation. All the turkeys for our thanksgiving baskets, table for 10 when we had our annual affair, I could go on and on. He was a dedicated man and my prayers are with the family. RIP Bro.Cotton





Past Matron Jacquelyne Jarrells
Friend
January 12, 2021
Mr.Cotton (macon) You was like a dad to me.And a son to my dad(Cornelius Parker) I can remember the times that we when to dinner together and dad made trips with you.There are several things that I will never forget and one is that is thirty five years ago dad and you where out at a dinner dance, that dad invited you to in Jersey City.Dad decided that after the dance you all was going to drive down to Atlantic City after the party. But you knew that we were having dads birthday party at the funeral home. And the only way to get him there was you had to tell dad that Valarie was in labor.I know that was the only time you was not honest with your friend, but it was for a good reason.Also when dad called you up and asked you to come to the house because the stated to you ,(my kids have no idea what I want for my Birthday).You took care of your business and came right and you was not late, dressed professionally and had a smile on you face. Dad was not dressed for business , but you went along with him. you and dad got into the car like father and son, I don't remember if you dove or if he did, all I remembered is that you and dad came back with a Chrysler Hemi 300 . a you rang the bell told us (the family) to come outside and there was this new car, we laughed so much that day because you and dad knew that we couldn't afford that car,I also remember the time that dad and you had long talks together that eventually those talk would last so long that afterwards you and daddy would go out to dinner and talk about some more and laugh.When dad came to you and asked you to purchase the funeral home in JerseyCity you was not hesitant to carry on that torch. And naming it the Cotton Parker Funeral Home. And you and dad allowed me to be at the closing of the purchase of the property.When dad passed away you were there for me. And I looked up to you as a mentor,a father and someone that I call a true hero. I know that you and dad are having meals together and the supper table with the disciples and talking all the good times You will always be in my heart and I will never forget you, love you other dad and I will miss you forever .

Vonya Parker
January 10, 2021
Mr. Cotton thank you for allowing me to be a part of your empire, it was an honor. I have thanked you personally in life, and I thank you here..rest in peace sir.
Lisa Furr
Coworker
January 10, 2021
Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for the loss of Macon Cotton Jr. God bless you! Sister Best
Elsie Best
Friend
January 10, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to the Cotton family. Sending prayers to you all. Thanks for your services Mr. Cotton.
Valerie Pryor
Neighbor
January 10, 2021
Well Macon your troubles are finally over and never more to return. You and I first met the first week of September, 1951. Since that time we remained just very good friends. We shared experiences in our lives whenever we were together. We always had so much to exchange regarding what we had done when we were away from each other. It never bothered us at all when our classmates would question why we were so anxious to see each other and begin relating our activities we had done since the time when we last saw one another. You see Macon our friendship was a bond between two people who trusted each other and could speak about what was on our minds in any topic. We were always on the same side of fence as it pertained to the financial arena; the political environment; even domestic or family matters.

When I was in the hospital, you called me there as soon as you found out that I nearly died. You even got a full report from the medical practitioners to make certain that I was on the mend. We spent about an hour on the phone that night until a Nun came into my room and ordered me to hang up with you. So you see even at those moments time meant nothing to us as long as we were together. After that phone call I would call you up and you would drop everything that you were doing and you would take my call. We had a friendship like no other. When you review what we did together it was more like two people who were brothers rather than just being friends.

When you found out that my parents had died and that I had flown out to New Jersey to bury them, you showed up and took charge of the funeral arrangements. All you did was to make sure that everything was done to my satisfaction. You did it all in your simple and professional conduct just as though you were performing tasks on your own parents. Your were always likes that Macon. You even spent other peoples money as though is was your own.

So while you now have gone off to your eternal reward you will exist in the minds of others forever by anyone who ever knew you. You never forgot Orange, New Jersey the place where you grew up. You never forgot all of your closest friends either.

Well Macon now you must take a long rest from all your hard work in trying to make people happy in life. You told me once why you have such an attitude toward the living. But I understood you like no one else would have done in this world.

This is not good bye either. Just wait for me because I am coming to join you someday.
Vito Corcia
Friend
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