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James Payton "J.P." Cotingham

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James Payton "J.P." Cottingham, a resident of Naples, Florida, passed away on Thursday December 6th, 2012 at the age of 69 of a fatal neurological disease. J.P. was born on January 19, 1943 in Toledo, Ohio to Royce and Norma Cottingham and was the older brother to Douglas (Sandy) Cottingham of Cottonwood, California. J.P. was married to Elizabeth Gebhart on July 30th, 1966 in Williamsburg. and together they had one son, John Royce "J.R." Cottingham, and a daughter-in-law Sarah Cottingham. J.P was also a loving grandfather ("Grandan") to Royce Elizabeth and Payton Robert Cottingham. J.R., Sarah, Royce and Payton reside in Atlanta, Georgia.
J.P. attended James Blair High School and graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Class of 1965, with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He began his career with Brown Engineering in Huntsville, Alabama, and later worked for Martin Marietta on the Skylab Program. He and his wife moved to Colorado in 1974 where he began his career in the Cable Television Industry with American Television and Communications (ATC), which later became Time Warner Cable. In 2000, J.P. was awarded a prestigious Vanguard Award in Cable Operations Management for "outstanding contributions to the growth and development of the Cable Television Industry". He retired that same year.
J.P. had many interests including SCUBA diving, photography, travel/cruising, wine and he especially enjoyed walking the Park Shore sidewalk with his good friend Andy Czekaj.
J.P. was an enthusiastic and dedicated supporter of Colonial Williamsburg, particularly the Fife and Drum Corps. Through the years he retained many friendships throughout the Williamsburg community and was particularly close to his cousin, and longtime resident, Barbara Waters.
Those who wish to further recognize and honor J.P. are asked to make a contribution in his name to: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Development Office, P.O. Box 1776, Williamsburg, Virginia 23187.
A celebration of J.P.'s life will be held at a future date. "… in the end, it's not the years in life that count, it's the life in years." (Abraham Lincoln)
Published in Virginia Gazette from Dec. 12, 2012 to Jan. 11, 2013
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