December 10, 1942 - December 29, 2018
Billy Ray Cotton, a life long resident of Bogalusa, LA, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2018 at his residence in Bogalusa, LA at the age of 76. He was born in Bogalusa on December 10, 1942. He proudly served his country in the United States Army.
Those left behind to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Mary Fontenot Cotton; his sons, Bobby Joe Cotton and wife Christine and Billy Joe Cotton and wife Helen; his daughter, Tina Cotton Jones and husband Michael A. Jones; a son-in-law, Mark Stevens; three brothers, Johnny Cotton, Wayne Cotton, and Lonnie Roy Cotton; three sisters, Alice Faye Freeman, Brenda Gayle Penton, and Sybil Beall; his twelve grandchildren, Brandon Higginbotham, Stephen Jones, Tyler Jones, Kayla Cotton, Blake Cotton, Reece Cotton, Emily Phillips, Megan Hunt, Jacob Phillips, Joshua Phillips, Hailie Cotton, and Mandy Sheridan. He is also survived by eight great grandchildren, other relatives, and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lovic and Mandy Cotton; his daughter, Cynthia Cotton Stevens; and his brother, Robert Cotton.
Visitation will be held at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. Visitation will continue at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. with funeral service beginning at 11:00 A.M. Rev. Larry Lassley and Rev. Marcus Rosa will officiate. Interment to follow at Ponemah Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Brandon Higginbotham, Stephen Jones, Tyler Jones, Blake Cotton, Reece Cotton, and Jacob Phillips. Honorary Pallbearers will be Andrew Adams and Christopher Stafford.