Richard Ellis Cotten, 65, of Alvin, TX passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2014. He was born on September 13, 1949 to Ebbie B. Cotten and Betty J. Trahan Cotten in Dayton, TX.
Rick was born in Dayton, TX and grew up in Saratoga where he attended West Hardin High School. He went on to attend college at Sam Houston State University. Rick spent numerous years working alongside his brother-in-law building custom cabinetry, before going on to become a chemical operator at Celanese in Bayport. He retired from Celanese Chemical after 15 years but continued to consult on numerous projects in the chemical field.
Rick was proud of his Choctaw heritage and was an avid hunter. He used his expertise in hunting to instill those same values in those he hunted with. In April of this year, he was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. After months of grueling treatment, he succumbed to the disease and peacefully passed away surrounded in a full embrace by his family. Rick was the epitome of a loving and devoted husband, son, brother, father, Pawpaw, and friend, and he will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
He was preceded in death by his father, Brack Cotten and daughter, Lori Kirk.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Janice, his mother Betty Cotten, daughter Lacy Bogar of Friendswood and husband Billy, daughter Erin Hernandez and Mateo Hernandez, both of Alvin, son Reese Cotten of Alvin and wife Shannon, daughter Kim Croley of Houston and husband Clint, sisters, Sandy Harris of Nederland, Carla Jannise and husband Joe of Raywood, grandchildren, Lindsey Mourikis, Jamie Kirk, Ryan Lakner, Kaela Kirk, Holly Lakner, Maia Kirk, Ava Kirk, Tanner Chapman, Lee Cotten, Will Croley, Laelyn Cotten, Jaxon Hernandez, great grandson Alexander Mourikis, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, TX 77546 (281) 992-7200.
The funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mary Sanders officiating. Interment will follow at Guedry Cemetery, 11713 Batson Prairie Rd., Batson, TX 77519 at 2:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or 800-805-5856 or at www.stjude.org
Condolences may be sent to the Cotten family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.