William Cotty

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William Frank (Bill) Cotty COLUMBIA - William Frank (Bill) Cotty, 69, died peacefully at home on July 23, 2016 .Bill was born in Buffalo, NY, the son of William Oram and Marie Frank Cotty. He graduated from Erskine College in 1969, where he served as President of the Student Body. After graduating from USC Law School in 1974, he practiced law for forty two years .Bill served in the Army National Guard for thirty-eight years, retiring as a Lt. Col. He was a founding member of Spring Valley Presbyterian Church. After eight years on the Richland District II School Board, he was elected to the S.C. House,where he served for seven terms. Bill led the floor fight to remove the Confederate flag from the State House dome. He was also a passionate advocate for educational reform and early childhood education. But his proudest accomplishments were his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of forty seven years, Amelia Dunlap Cotty and children Lt.Col.(Ret) William D. Cotty (Julie) of Tampa, Florida, Molly Casson (Major Dirk ) of Centreville, Va., and Anne Marie Lathan (Will) of New Bern, N.C. and seven grandchildren Sarah , Eric, Tyler, Emma ,Thomas, Heath and Margaret. He is also survived by his sister Barbara Kirk of Midlothian, Va., sister and brother- in -law, Tom and Betty Shealy of Clemson, S.C., sister-in-law Susan Hilfer of Beaufort, S.C. The family wishes to thank Dr. Anne Hutchison and Dr. Robert Smith and staff of SCOA and the staff of Tri-County Hospice for their many kindnesses and excellent care. Memorials may be made to the Carolina Children's Garden at Sandhill or the SCOA Foundation. There will be a private family internment and a celebration of Bill's life at a later date.
Published in The State on July 26, 2016
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