Sheblon 'Pete' Cotton, business owner


Sheblon “Pete” Cotton, business owner

SPRINGFIELD, La. — Sheblon “Pete” Cotten, 73, a business owner, died Aug. 6, 2007, at his home.

Services were held Aug. 10 at First Baptist Church of Amite. McKneely Funeral Home of Amite handled arrangements.

Mr. Cotten was the father of the Rev. Sheblon Andre Cotten of Corinth, a clergy member of the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Mr. Cotten was born Aug. 3, 1934, in Magnolia, Miss. He was co-owner of Cotten Plumbing in McComb, Miss., and was president of McComb Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1964, a Mason with James A. Myers Lodge in Jackson, Miss., a graduate of Mississippi State University, an outdoor sports enthusiast and state director of Mississippi Good Sam Club. He retired as a master sergeant E-8 from Mississippi Military Academy of the Mississippi National Guard and was a schoolteacher in McComb and Natchez.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sheblon and Alma Cotten; and a sister, Yvonne Distefano.

Other survivors include: wife of 31 years, Gloria Jane Boyd Cotten of Springfield; daughters, Gayle Cotten and Susan Cotten Pray of Amite, Rhonda Finnell Lusco of Birmingham; son, Harley AI Finnell of Dallas; sister, Bette Cotten Mott of McComb; brother, Harold Dean Cotten of Jackson, Miss.; and eight grandchildren and a great-grandson.

Memorials may be made to support liver disease research at Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, FL 32224.