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3124 Robinson Drive
Waco, TX 76706
Phone: 254-662-2131
Fax: 254-662-1311
Raymond Cotten

Raymond D. (Joe) Cotten

Monday, May 29th, 1922 - Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
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Raymond Delton (Joe) Cotten, 96, of Robinson passed away Sunday, March 3, 2019 in Waco. Funeral Services will be 5:00pm, Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Pecan Grove Funeral Home with Deacon James Fitzpatrick officiating. A formal visitation with family will immediately follow the service from 6-8:00pm at the funeral home. Burial for Mr. Cotten will be Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 10:00am at Central Texas Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.

Raymond (Joe) Cotten was born May 29, 1922 to Walter and Pernie Cotten in Meadville, Mississippi. He married Mary Ann Bewley March 11, 1959 in Nashville, Tennessee. Joe spent 22 years in the US Army serving in both European and Pacific Theaters of World War II, as well as three tours in the Korean War. Then he began a second career at Texas Department of Transportation. He finally retired for good after 21 years. Joe had a very active retirement traveling and exploring all 50 states. He was an avid rock hound and jewelry maker, being a member of Waco Gem and Mineral Club. During his 30+ years of retirement Joe and Mary Ann stayed very busy enjoying traveling and cruising.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and numerous brothers and sisters who were all anxiously awaiting his arrival for their grand family reunion.

Joe was a wonderful and loving husband and father, he is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Mary Ann Cotten; daughter, Cynthia Caracciolo and husband Clement; son, Eric Cotten and wife Emma; daughter, Martha Duncan and husband Ted; grandchildren, Chris Burks, Teri Nouchi, Tim Nouchi; great-grandchildren, Joanne, Charles, Elizabeth, David; a host of great-great grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

If you wish to make a donation in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Fisher House at in memory of Joe.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Pecan Grove Funeral Home
    3124 Robinson Dr
    WACO, TX 76706
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  • Service

    Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 | 5:00pm
    Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 5:00pm
    Pecan Grove Funeral Home
    3124 Robinson Dr
    WACO, TX 76706
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  • Interment

    Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery
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    Burial will be Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 10:00 AM


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Richard Wilkinson

Posted at 10:09am
To my Great Uncle Joe. I only spoke with you once and will cherish the stories you sent me of your life growing up. The world was a better place because of you. Thank you for your service and contribution to the Cotten family. I prey for you and your family.

Johns & Robin Fowler

Posted at 03:15pm
So very sorry to hear of Joe passing. Won't be the same not seeing him on the mower. So glad to have known him. God Bless

Linda Holt

Posted at 05:53pm
Our memories will always be cherished and you will remain in my heart forever. You are my hero! MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.....
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Tim & Mary Nouchi

Posted at 05:20pm
We will miss you Papa Joe!

Rima Bishara

Posted at 04:52pm
Mr. Cotton, you were an inspiration, a comedian, and a self effacing man with abundant warmth that you spread to all around you. I will miss you so very much. You were a hero to me and to many around you. Rest in Peace. R. Bishara

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