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May 06, 2021


Devon Rowmara Cotton, Sr.

October 31, 1966 - May 03, 2021

"Lord" said Thomas, "we do not know where You are going, so how can we know the way?” St. John 14:5

Devon Rowmara Cotton, Sr. was called home by the angel of the Lord on Monday, May 3, 2021.  "Mellow", as he was affectionately called by his family and friends, was born on October 31, 1966 to Bro Glenn Cotton and the late Deaconess Sis. Dorothy Jean Cotton in Bogalusa, Louisiana. "Mellow" was baptized at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church at an early age under the leadership of the late  A.L. Owens.  He has been under the leadership of his mentor/teacher/pastor, Rev. Dr. Linza Rae Cotton.

He was faithful to attend Sunday Church School, weekly bible study, and was present each Sunday for morning worship service on a weekly basis until his death on Monday, May 3rd.  Mellow could not wait for the church to open back up.  When the church did open who was one of the first to enter, Mellow.  He was present for the parking-lot service since the pandemic began and the church was shut down in March of 2020.  He was present at church on the first Sunday the doors of the church were opened on the 1st Sunday in May and was looking good and actively praising and worshipping God and enjoying service.  Mellow told someone just recently, that he was finally beginning to understand what Pastor Cotton has been teaching.  Oh, what a joy in the Lord to get an understanding of the teaching of God's holy word.

Mellow attended school in Washington Parish School System.  He graduated from Varnado High School in the class of 1986.  He was elected by his senior class as the "most handsome".  Mell played basketball for four consecutive years.  He was a 1st string point guard from his sophomore year until he graduated in 1986.  He was an awesome basketball player.

Unfortunately, soon after high school Mellow fell ill to kidney failure which resulted in a lifetime of dialysis treatment which left him disabled for life. He was treated for many years by his mom Dorothy Jean Cotton.

Mellow had many things that he enjoyed with friends and family, but he loved car races and was a lover of dogs especially pit bulls.  He had two extraordinary  friends who went to the end of the earth for him and with him.  He loved Mario Cotton and Larry "Fred" Morris, Jr.  There were many others, but these two went an extra mile.

Mellow's favorite colors were yellow/blue.  He nicknamed all his children for reasons. Devionne was "Heavy Duty" because she was so skinny, he used to make her make muscles to show her strength.  He nicknamed Devon "Man-Man" because he never crawled, he just rolled around all over the house to get where he wanted to go, and one day he just got up and started walking and that's how he became his little "Man-Man".  He nicknamed Reshard "Hard" because he was a fighter and hardheaded just like him.

From elementary school throughout high school, he was loved and the life of the party. Mellow was the best dancer, the most handsome, very athletic, and was very big-big on f-a-m-i-l-y.  And let us not forget that blue truck, "Chevy Luv".  Mel was Mel and no one could change that but Mell with the help of God.  He would speak his mind but no matter what , he would step-up to go anything he could possibly do whenever his children, grandchildren, family, and his friends needed anything.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Deaconess Dorothy Jean Cotton, two brothers; a still- born baby boy and Glen D. Cotton Jr.; paternal grandparents, David & Bonnie Mae Cotton; his maternal grandparents, Otha & Nettie Faye Foster; Uncles, Otha Jr. & Edward Charles Foster, Isaac Lee Peters, Cullie ( Claudette) & Otis Cotton, R. J. Weary, Cory Harry, Felton Foster, Sr., Eddie Lee Taylor, Uncle Willie B, and L.B. Jackson; aunts Helen Jean Peters, Deborah Taylor, and Earlean Cotton.

He leaves to cherish his precious memories;  his father, Glynn Cotton, of Varnado, Louisiana; his children, Devionne Cotton (Janeirio) Douglas of Arlington, Texas, Devon Rowmara Cotton Jr., of Angie, LA , and LaDarius Reshard Cotton of New Orleans, LA, Devin Cotton of Angie, LA, five grandchildren; Kenyen Cotton, Jaysen Douglas, Aubrey Rose Cotton, Cameron Cotton,  and Baylen Douglas, a sister Barbara (Reginald) Taylor, of Arlington, Texas, aunts; Bonnie Cotton Foster, Elaine Morris, Odessa (Amos) Peters, Carolyn (Levon, Sr) Harry, Beverly Harry, Brenda Thomas all of Varnado, LA, Edgie (Charles) Alford of Hammond, LA, Doris (Mike) Jason of Alexander, LA and Verlean Jackson of Bogalusa, LA, a special 1st cousin/brother, Rev. Dr. Wilbur (Cynthia) Morris, two very special God Brothers, Mario Cotton, and Larry "Fred" Morris, Jr., and  L.C. Jefferson, a special friend  Martha Peters; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and his New Zion Church Family.

Mellow had many children who looked up to him as a father, Romella Jefferson, La Quinton Jefferson, DeVante Claiborne, and Donte Carter.  He will forever loved and remembered by his favorite phase and sadly missed by many.

Only immediate family will be allowed to attend the funeral service. Social Distancing and masks are required.

Services will be on May 8, 2021 at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Angie, Louisiana. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until the Funeral Service at 12:00 PM

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