John Cotton
March 10, 1947 - June 15, 2021
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John Weston Cotton, 74, husband of Deborah Elrod Cotton, passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Born in Columbia, SC, he was the second son of Edna Saylors Cotton and the late Herbert S. Cotton. John was a graduate of Lower Richland High School and Clemson University where he earned his Master’s Degree in Ceramic…

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Rachel Loescher left a message on June 22, 2021:
Mrs. Cotton, I am so terribly sorry for you loss. Mr. Cotton was such a sweet and wonderful man. I am praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Rachel Loescher
Tom and Cindy Smith left a message on June 21, 2021:
Cindy and I were shocked and saddened to hear today of John's passing. Greer Creed who had worked with John sent everyone an e mail. We were able to view the Live Streaming of the service and the tribute video on the website. We're sorry we were unable to hear in time to make it to the service. We have many fond memories of you and John and think often of how you all were doing. My children still remember some of the jokes I brought home from John. You could always rely on his humor to lighten the mood at work. I agree totally with the sentiments your brother expressed during the service. I can think of no finer person or gentleman to have known and worked with during our years together at PPG. I could always trust what he said and rely on his actions. But there was never any doubt where his love was- his family and his faith. Our prayers are with you and all the family. May you continue to feel God's grace, mercy, and love around you as you move into this new part of your life. Keeping you in our prayers and our love-Tom and Cindy
Harry Makitka left a message on June 21, 2021:
I worked with John for many years. Our offices were right around the corner from each other. Our expertise was very different and I knew very little about John's work with melting glass. But his office door was always open and what I learned about melting glass I got from John. Back then John's son was having internal medical problems that needed several operations. I would check in with him to see how his son was doing. It was John's faith that helped him thru this crisis. May his memory be eternal and a blessing.
Ed and Sue Green left a message on June 21, 2021:
John was a great guy and a talented engineer.
Debbie & Rusty Robertson left a message on June 19, 2021:
Dear Debie, Amy, and Wes - Our deepest condolences. While we only had the pleasure of knowing John for a few short years, we came to fully appreciate him as a good and honorable man. We were blessed to have such good neighbors in South Carolina, and you made our time there so enjoyable. John was always prepared with a joke when we played bridge, and we loved sharing travel stories and watching comedians on TV. During today’s service, he was called ‘humble’ and that’s so true - you had to twist his arm to get him to talk of his many accomplishments. We will miss John, and our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Debbie & Rusty
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Brad and Kathy Dawe left a message on June 19, 2021:
What a lovely service for John. We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Bryan Cochran left a message on June 19, 2021:
I am thinking of all of the Cotton family on this sad day. Uncle John was always such a smart, patient, thoughtful man. I was so glad to visit with him last month. Love to you all-
Debbie and Jim Tate left a message on June 19, 2021:
Praying our Lord and Savior holds each of you close to provide comfort, peace, and strength to sustain you during this sad time. Our deepest sympathies.
Joyce Bandoni left a message on June 18, 2021:
Debie....I am so very, very sorry about John's passing. You have my deepest sympathy and love. I remember the first time you taught Don and I how to play "Shanghai"..what a great time we had. Prayers are being said and sent for you and your family.
Brenda Hipp left a message on June 18, 2021:
Debbie, I am so sorry to hear of John's death. You and your family have my sympathy and wishes for comfort.
Janet Williams Lane left a message on June 18, 2021:
John & I were in band together 60 yers ago and can’t believe it has been that long...but he was one in a million kind of guy! Sweetest, caring and helped me out a lot in band since I couldn’t read music and I played the cymbals!!! Marching was tough but I survived! Loved this guy to pieces as a wonderful friend!
Hal &Donna Routh left a message on June 18, 2021:
Lost for words! Great teacher, gift from God! Heaven is plus one! Love! Hal & Donna Routh
Debi Thomas left a message on June 18, 2021:
John was a remarkable man, so very talented, kind, caring, and filled with love and devotion to Debie and their family. I am so sorry. Crying with you in your grief and celebrating John in his victory over life. Prayers of comfort and peace to you. ♥️
Kim Cochran left a message on June 18, 2021:
We will miss you so much, Uncle John! Your musical gifts, your brilliant mind, your gentle and loving spirit were gifts to the world. Love to the many friends and family celebrating John Cotton's beautiful life.
Don Morton left a message on June 18, 2021:
Wes, I would like to offer my condolences on the loss of your father. May the loving touch of our Lord give you and your family comfort and peace.
Don Morton left a message on June 18, 2021:
Wes, please accept my condolences. May the Lord's love give you and your family comfort and peace.
Sharon Trotta left a message on June 18, 2021:
Deb, Wes, and Amy, my heartfelt condolences to you in John’s passing. Your mom and dad were like our family and will treasure all the wonderful memories of the joy, laughter and tears we shared.
Sue wikstrom left a message on June 17, 2021:
Gary and I are sorry that you and your family are going through such a hard time. John and I shared it a birth day and I always enjoyed sitting next to him at the birthday dinner and getting to see his sense of humor.
Brenda Willis left a message on June 17, 2021:
Debbie, I am so sorry to fear of John’s death. My heart breaks for you. I hope you can find comfort and peace as you travel life’s path without John. Sincerely, Brenda Willis
Bobby Hines left a message on June 17, 2021:
So sorry Debbie A great father husband and friend. My heart breaks for you and the family. Much love Bobby
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Catherine left a message on June 17, 2021:
My thoughts and love to Debie, Wes, Amy, Herb, Nancy, Mary, David, and your families, and of course Edna. John was always very, very special to me. So kind, funny, charming, talented, generous--a genuinely good person! It was always lovely to be in his presence. I’m sad that so much time has passed, and we’ve not seen each other. My heart aches that I will not see him again. The world was better with him in it. I know how much each of you will miss him. My thoughts will be with you. Catherine
Beverley Getzen left a message on June 17, 2021:
My sincere sympathy to all the family.
James & Carolyn Powell left a message on June 17, 2021:
We didn’t know this family personally, but as a neighbor we offer our condolences in this time of loss. “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” Your loss is Heaven’s gain and to know you will see him again in perfect health is our comfort in Christ death and resurrection; “Until Then” may your hearts go on singing, and with joy carry on. The family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers. We rejoice to know you are all in Gods’ love and care!
Sharon and Phil mickey left a message on June 17, 2021:
Phil and I send our deepest condolences. He will be sorely missed. Keeping the family in our prayers.
Patricia Moseley left a message on June 17, 2021:
John always exhibited a quiet sweetness, strong faith and love for his family, and a gentle spirit. Praying for the entire Cotton family to feel the loving arms of our Father holding you tightly as you walk this journey. I have always admired the Godly example exhibited by Herbert and Edna Cotton and their legacy carried on through their children, including John, their spouses, children and grandchildren. What a precious gift now left to the great grandchildren! John, “Well done, good and faithful servant! Welcome home.”
Michael Beish left a message on June 17, 2021:
My condolences to the family. May GOD bring comfort and peace.
Kathy Firme left a message on June 17, 2021:
Deborah, Joel and I are saddened to hear about John's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May your loving memories bring you comfort. Kathy Firme
David Yusko left a message on June 17, 2021:
My deepest condolences to all of the family and friends. Amy and Andy are dear friends and she always talked highly of her father. My he Rest In Peace. 🙏🙏❤️❤️
Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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