Surrounded by his loving family, both present and from afar, Joseph Otis Cotton entered into peace on August 23, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, James P. Cotton and Belva Louise Otis Cotton Cocke; brothers, Tim and Tom Cotton; daughter, Melinda LeeAnn Cotton; grandson, Everett Winston Barr; and nephew, Paul Kaiser.
Joe was born in Mason, Michigan. His biggest passion in life was serving others. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to Northern Italy and spent several years in the Arizona Army National Guard. You could find him most days helping neighbors and family with whatever project or help they needed. His career took him around the world and he often took his children and family members along with him to share his love of travel and adventure. He was a generous gift giver and brought joy to those he loved by surprising them with his knack for finding unique trinkets and knick-knacks. He loved finding old things, from antiques to pieces of wood, and making them beautiful. He always had projects he was working on. We all knew him as a joker, always up for a good time. He was happiest when he was with family. He loved spending time with his brothers and sister on the farm, at Lake Wedowee, or singing and dancing at Wheatland. He always wanted to share a good meal with his kids and show them the best new place to eat. He found special joy in spending time with his grandkids, often loading them up with sugar and sending them home for the parents to deal with the aftereffects. In his last years he moved to Arizona where he found renewed joy with his wife Marylynn. He lived a full life and will be missed by family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Marylynn LeMoine Cotton; brothers, Jim (Janice) Cotton, Jon (Chris) Cotton, David (Jean) Cotton, Dan (K’Lynne) Cotton; sister, Sarah (Eric) Kramer; children, Joseph Jr. (Emily) Cotton, Nathanael (Kaylene) Cotton, Michelle (Benjamin) Barr; stepchildren Stacy (Larry) Subervi, JJ (Emily) LeMoine; and 13 grandchildren.
A memorial will be held in Mason, Michigan on October 29, 2022. For details please email his brother, David Cotton, at email@example.com.