James C. Cotten
James Cleveland Cotten, age 92, of Orange, TX, passed away on December 1, 2018. He was born to Grover Cleveland Cotten and Nora Pearl Cotten on December 9, 1925 in Black Oak, Arkansas.
James was the sixth born of ten siblings, toughness was required for survival. He was a gruff man with a larger than life stature. A jack of all trades and a master of many. Despite physical obstacles that would have normally denied his enlistment, James served his nation in the United States Navy during World War 2 being stationed in Hawaii. James was known across the south-west United States for his prolific knowledge in the field of diesel mechanics and even owned his own business fixing and servicing the big engines. He loved the casinos and would frequent them often with friends and loved ones. His tough demeanor was often mistaken for pure grumpiness, but his language of love was one of action. He always had his tools in his car, ready to help a friend or family member in need, even at the age of 80, roofing his nieces home wasn't out of the question. As the family story goes, James would insist that the kids should stay outside during family reunions. While outside, the children of the family exacted revenge by eating the ice cream in his freezers, to the last drop. It was around 2006, roughly 50 years later, when one of the nieces told James of the children's action against him. His reply was, who do you think left the spoon out for you? James may have been tough, but his love was tougher.
James has a large family with loving memories.