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picture Allie (Conlee) Cotton



      Sex: F

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          Death: 6 Jun 1891
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Her obituary was published in Jun 1891. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

... died

at her residence in Dardanelle on the evening of the 6th day of June 1891, Mrs. Allie Cotton, wife of our esteemed fellow citizen C. B. Cotton. The deceased was a young matron, the happy mother of two bright children and the wife of a devoted husband. Some years back she had been feeble if not an invalid, but for quite a long time her health has been excellent. She attended the Ft. Smith bridge celebration recently, seemed in the finest of spirits and expressed herself as never having felt better in her life, but she returned home ill, and continued to grow worse until the sad, sad end.

The funeral was held at the Baptist Chruch by the Rev. W. T. Box of Morrilton, according to the Dardanelle Post. Allie Conlee Cotton was buried at Brearley Cemetery, in Dardanelle, Arkansas.


picture Charles Leonard Cotton

      Sex: M

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          Death: 1957
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This Obituary was published 5 Sep 1957, Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

CHARLES LEONARD COTTON


Charles Leonard Cotton, 79, member of a prominent Dardanelle family, died at his home Friday afternoon. Mr. Cotton was a retired planter, a son of Leonard Ryan and Sarah Jane Hart Cotton. He was a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Willie Tucker Cotton, one daughter, Mrs. Bonnie B. Gibson, of Ft. Smith, one sister, Mrs. Bessie Hunt, of Dardanelle, one grandson, Charles Cotton Gibson, and a number of neices and nephews.

Funeral Services were held at the Cornwell Chapel Sunday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock, with Rev. O. D. Peters, Pastor of the First Methodist Church officiating, assisted by Rev. Omer Standfield, Pastor of the

First Presbyterian Church. Burial was in Brearley Cemetery. Casket Bearers were Thomas Cotton, Thomas Bullock, Charles Hunt, Thomas V. Jones, Bentley Blevins, and Fred Smith. Services were in charge of Cornwell Funeral Service.

(Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, pub. Sep 5, 1957)


picture Clayborne Butler "C. B." Cotton



      Sex: M

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          Death: 10 Sep 1922
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This Obituary was published 19 Dec 1957, Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

C. B. COTTON DEAD

C. B. Cotton, aged 74 years, 1 month and 16 days, died at his home in Little Rock at 2:15 a.m., Sunday, September 10th, 1922. The remains were brought to Dardanelle, where the funeral service, conducted by the Pastor, Rev. H. H. Griffin, was held in the Methodist Church at 3:00 Sunday afternoon, interment being in Brearley Cemetery.

The death of C. B. Cotton marks the passing of a pioneer citizen, a man who for half a century has been prominent in the affairs of Yell County, and who has contributed much to the betterment and upbuilding of this section of Arkansas.

Mr. Cotton was born at Cottontown, Tenn., July 25th, 1848. When a child he moved with his parents to Springfield, Mo., and a few years later, when but 13 years of age, he moved to Dardanelle, making the trip from Springfield to Dardanelle in an ox-drawn wagon.

With his brother, W. E. Cotton, deceased, built the first cotton gin ever erected in Yell County. It was located on the old Cotton homestead, six miles southwest of Dardanelle, and the virgin forest was cleared to make a location for it. Its massive timbers were hewn by hand, and its gin stands were propelled by horse power.

During his entire life Mr. Cotton has been extensively interested in the growing, ginning and marketing of cotton, and some years ago perfected and patented an original system of ginning which is greatly superior to systems now in use, and which will doubtless some day be in general use throughout the cotton growing South.

Until about a year ago, when with his family he moved to Little Rock, Mr. Cotton had been a continuous resident of this city for 60 years. He was a man of progressive ideas and public spirit, and it was always deeply interested in the progress and development of his section. He was active in the construction of the Dardanelle and Ola Railroad, (now the Rock Island) and to this enterprise contributed much active assistance. For the past several months he had been in declining health, but preceding the illness that resulted in his death, was confined to his bed but one week.

On Feb. 4, 1879, Mr. Cotton was united in marriage to Miss Allie Conlee, who died in 1891. On Dec. 6th, 1894 he was married to Miss Maggie Limbird, who died Jan. 23rd, 1911. On Aug. 27th, 1911, he was married to Miss Emma Cook, who survives him.

Besides his widow, he is survived by six children, three sons and three daughters, as follows; Ray W. Cotton, of Fort Smith; Mrs. R. A. West of Hanford, Calif.; Miss Nina Cotton, of Little Rock; Arthur B. Cotton, of Denver, Colo.; David F. Cotton and Jessie Lee Cotton, of Little Rock. All of his children were at his bedside when the end came.

Mr. Cotton is also survived by two brothers, W. E. Cotton, of Phoenix, Ariz., and R. S. Cotton, of Dardanelle, and three sisters, Mrs. Mattie Halliburton, of Little Rock, Mrs. Josie Blackwell, of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. W. C. Grace, of Mesa, Ariz.

Mr. Cotton had been for many years a member of the Methodist Church, and shortly before the final summons came, stated to those about his bedside that he was prepared and unafraid to go.

"Clabe" Cotton was a good man and a valuable citizen, and while his strong will and firm determination to stand for the right as he saw it made him some enemies, likewise these splendid qualities of real manhood made for him many close and lasting friends. He has passed from the activities of men - his personal counsel and guidance will direct us no more - but the good that he did, the works that accomplished, remain as a tribute to his memory and an inspiration to his friends.

(Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, pub. Sept 14, 1922 - Obituary courtesy of Dardanelle Public Library Archives, Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System, Dardanelle, Arkansas)


picture Mrs. Emma (Cook) Cotton

      Sex: F

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          Death: 13 Dec 1957
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This Obituary was published 19 Dec 1957, Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

MRS. EMMA COOK COTTON

Mrs. Emma Cook Cotton, age 84, died in a Little Rock Hospital Friday, Dec. 13.

Mrs. Cotton was a former resident of Dardanelle and a member of the Christian Church, the wife of the late Claybourne Butler Cotton, daughter of the American Revolution, the American Colony, and Arkansas Pioneers. Mrs. Cotton was active in Red Cross work at Dardanelle and taught school for 25 years in Yell County.

Survivors are one daughter Mrs. Robert Boyd of Little Rock, with whom she made her home; four grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Syble Brewer of Ola and Mrs. Edgar McKenzie of Springdale; four brothers, Dr. Ernest Cook of Little Rock, Herman and Lewis Cook of Ola and Oscar Cook of Wing.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Christian church at Little Rock. Graveside services and burial was at the Brearley Cemetery.

(Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, pub. Dec 19, 1957)


picture Herbert Manning Cotton

      Sex: M

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          Death: 26 Dec 1964
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His obituary was published 26 Dec 1964, Pineville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

H. M. Cotton Expires at 71

Herbert Manning Cotton, 71, prominent Alexandria businessman, died at 2:20 a. m. today in a New Orleans hospital. He was secretary-treasurer of Cotton Bros. Baking Co. and was a resident of 3207 Marye street.

Cotton was born June 15, 1893 in Corley, Ark., the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Cotton. The family moved to Alexandria in 1923 and established Cotton Bros, bakery here, which expanded into a state-wide concern.

Five Cotton Bros, bakeries are now being operated - in Alexandria, Shreveport, Monroe, Baton Rouge and Natchez. Miss.

Cotton is survived by his wife, the former Hazel Waddell; a daughter, Miss Elizabeth Cotton of Shreveport; a sister, Mrs. Grace Shipley of Fayetteville, Ark.; three brothers, Henry Cotton of Fayetteville, Ark.; J. R. Cotton of Paris, Ark., and William F. Cotton of Alexandria.

He was a Mason and a Shriner, and held membership in Alexandria Lodge No. 398, F&AM, and El Karubah Shrine, Shreveport. He was a charter member of Kiwanis Club and the Alexandria-Pineville Chamber of Commerce.

His body will be at Hixson Bros. Funeral Home where funeral services will be held in the chapel at 2 p. m. Sunday with Dr. Glenn Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Masonic graveside services will be held.

(Alexandria Daily Town Talk Newspaper clipping, Alexandria-Pineville, Louisiana, pub. December 26, 1964)


picture Leonard Ryan "L. R." Cotton

      Sex: M

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          Death: 12 Aug 1920
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This Obituary was published 12 Aug 1920, Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

L. R. COTTON DEAD


L. R. Cotton, aged 77, a resident of this city for nearly 60 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. R. C. Bullock, on North Front Street at 1 o'clock this morning after an illness of more than a year.

The funeral service conducted by Rev. S. S. Key, was held in the Presbyterian Church at 4 o'clock this afternoon, interment being made in Brearley Cemetery.

With his father, the late Jesse H. Cotton, Mr. Cotton came to this County in 1862, since which time he has continuously resided in and near this city. For many years he operated a grist mill, but of late years had not actively engaged in any business.

He was a man of sterling worth and ability, possessed of a high sense of honor and a lofty conception of the duty he owed to his fellows. He was held in the highest respect and esteem by all, and though he had long since passed the allotted span of three score years and ten, his death brings genuine sorrow to all who knew him.

Mr. Cotton is survived by five children, three sons and two daughters: T. J. and Charley Cotton, of this city; L. R. Cotton, whose address is unknown; Mrs. R. C. Bullock and Mrs. H. L. Hunt, both of this city; four brothers and three sisters: W. E. Cotton, of Denver, Colo.; W. D. and, R. S. Cotton, of this city; Mrs. D. N. HalliBurton, of Little Rock; Mrs. W. C. Grace, of Mesa, Ariz.; Mrs. W. J. Blackwell, of Denver, Colo.

(Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, pub. Aug 12, 1920)


picture Thomas James Cotton II

      Sex: M

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          Death: 26 Mar 1982
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His obituary was published 7 Apr 1982, Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thomas James Cotton II


LITTLE ROCK - Thomas James Cotton II, 69, died March 26 in the Veterans Hospital, Little Rock, after a long Illness.

He was the son of the late Thomas James and Myrtle Love Cotton, the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Dave Love and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Cotton.

He was a veteran of World War II and spent four years in the U.S. Navy. He was a life-long resident of Dardanelle, an official with the Arkansas Highway Department 20 years, and a member of the First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Selma Cowger Cotton, one son, Thomas Leonard Cotton, two daughters, Margaret Cotton Hillyard and Beth Cotton Crain, all of Dardanelle; three sisters, Frances Cotton Smith, Dardanelle, Elizabeth Cotton Amis, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Rebecca Cotton Garner, Arkadelphia; and three grandchildren, Hannah and Haylie Hillyard, Sarah Margaret and Tom Cotton and Matthew Cotton Crain.

The funeral was March 29 at the Cornwell Chapel with burial in Brearley Cemetary by Cornwell Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were Charles Hunt, Ed Love, A.B. Cox, Bob McKenzie, Reedy Warren, Buck Croom, Buddy Adcock and Thurman Jones.

Honorary pallbearers were Ray Cornwell, Gilbert Cornwell, Gilroy Cornwell, Henry Klober, Fred Burnett, Bob Jones, Gerald Goodier, Johnny McCray, Lloyd Hodges, Robert "Red" Hodges, Dana Merritt and Kenneth Parsley.

(Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, pub. April 7, 1982)


picture Thomas James Cotton

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          Death: 6 Sep 1952
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His obituary was published 7 Sep 1952, Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thomas James Cotton Dies At Dardanelle


Dardanelle, Sept. 6. - Thomas James Cotton, aged 78, retired Dardanelle planter and member of one of Yell County's oldest families, died at his home here Saturday night.

Mr. Cotton was a son of Leonard Ryan and Sarah Jane Hart Cotton. His grandfather, Jesse Cotton, a civil engineer, came to Yell County from Cottontown, Tenn., more than 100 years ago and homesteaded 800 acres 5 1-2 miles from here.

Mr. Cotton took over the farming Interests while he was a young man and increased his holdings to more than 4,000 acres. He retired in 1917 and turned active management of the property over to other members of the family.

He was active in civic affairs and was a Presbyterian.

He is surived by his wife, Mrs. Myrtle Love Cotton; a son, Thomas J. Cotton Jr. of Dardanelle; four daughters, Mrs. B. B. Miller Sr. and Mrs. Fred A. Smith of Dardanelle, Mrs. W. D. Amis of Oklahoma City and Mrs. Woodrow Turner of Hot Springs: a brother, Charles L. Cotton of Dardanelle; a sister, Mrs. Howard Hunt of Dardanelle; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at Cornwell Funeral Chapel at 4 p. m. Sunday by Rev. C. Houston Farmer, Rev. M. O. Cockerham and Rev. Sidney Oxendine. Burial will be at Brearley Cemetery.

(Arkansas Gazette Newspaper, Little Rock, Arkansas, pub. September 7, 1952)


picture Willie M. (Tucker) Cotton

      Sex: F

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          Death: 14 Nov 1957
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This Obituary was published 17 Nov 1957, Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mrs. Charlie Cotton

Funeral services were held Friday at Cornwell Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Charlie Cotton, 68, life long resident of Dardanelle, who died at her home early Thursday morning from a heart attack.

Mrs. Cotton, a member of the Methodist church, was the former Miss Willie Tucker.

Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Carrie Tucker of Dardanelle; one daughter, Mrs. Bonnie Gibson and a grandson, Charles Gibson, both of Ft. Smith; one sister, Mrs. Emma Lillian Cawhorn of Memphis, Tenn.; and one brother, Hugh Tucker, of Ma-Rouge, La.

She was preceded in death by her husband two months ago.

Rev. O. D. Peters was in charge of funeral services assisted by Rev. Omer Stanfield.

Burial was in Brearley cemetery by Cornwell Funeral service.

(Post-Dispatch Newspaper, Dardanelle, Arkansas, Nov 17, 1957)


picture Maxine (Harris) Countz



      Sex: F

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          Death: 1 Jan 2011
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Her obituary was published 5 Jan 2011, Danville, Yell County, Arkansas. - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Maxine Countz

Maxine Countz, 95, of Van Buren, died Saturday, January 1, 2011 at Summit Medical Center in Van Buren.

She was the daughter of Daniel Ralph Harris and Effie (Crownover) Harris; she was born September 8, 1915 in Rover. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Ola. She enjoyed taking care of her g r a n d c h i I dr e n and work i n g crosswords in her free time.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Countz; her parents; three brothers; and three sisters.

She is survived by her son, Gary Countz and wife, Sharon of Wynne; her daughter, Dana Patterson of Van Buren; four grandchildren; 12 great grand-children; and numerous nieces, nephews and three sisters-in-law.

A graveside service was held January 4, 2011 at Sandlin Cemetery in Ola by Humphrey Funeral Service.

Internet obituary and on-line guest book are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. Jan 5, 2011)

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