Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX


September 15, 2011

Rod Ell Cotton

Service for Rod Ell Cotton, 92, of Cleburne will be conducted at noon Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church. The Rev. Demetrius Warren and the Rev. John Warren will officiate. Burial will be in the Greenlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerome Cotton, J.R. Cotton, Kip Cotton, Kris Overton, Jason Cotton and Zach Pollard.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mr. Cotton passed away Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, in Beaumont. He was born Aug. 8, 1919, in Mexia to Walter and Veola Ross Cotton. He married Jerolene Williams on Aug. 16, 1943 in Groesbeck.

Mr. Cotton served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a retired school teacher with CISD, where he taught math and physics for more than 36 years.

He was a Boy Scout leader in the community for 50 years and was also active in the Cleburne Kiwanis Club.

Survivors include his children, Rod Ell Cotton Jr. and wife, Velvett, of Grand Prairie, Kenneth Cotton and wife, Pamela, of Savannah, Ga., Sharon Cotton of Cleburne, Roland Cotton and wife, Ramona, of Beaumont and Ricky Cotton and wife, Cheryl, of Dallas; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jerolene Cotton in 1991; and one daughter, Barbara Overton.

Memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America: Longhorn Council, P.O. Box 54190, Hurst, TX 76054.

You may sign guestbook, view photo and obituary at

Crosier-Pearson Cleburne Funeral Home

512 N. Ridgeway Drive

Cleburne, TX 76033


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