Rodger Dale Cotton
Rodger Dale Cotton, 63, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, at First Baptist Church in Mexia with Rev. Bob Tarbet and Mr. Ben Bloomer officiating. Interment will follow in the Tehuacana Cemetery.
Rodger was born Feb. 7, 1950 in Mexia, to Woodrow and Mildred Cotton; the second of four children.
He married his best friend, Betty Jean Robinson, on May 30, 1969 in Kirvin. They had many traveling and hunting adventures during their 44 years together. They were blessed with two daughters, Brandi Jean and Rustyn Dale, whom they raised to be respectful, God-fearing and family-oriented adults.
At the time of his passing, Rodger had three grandchildren who adored him. Each had received their own nickname from Rodger at birth.
Rodger loved to collect things; gas pumps, antique signs and arcade games along with Indian artifacts filled any space he could find. Because of this, his circle of friends constantly grew and they always called to chat or stopped by to visit.
He began his long career in law enforcement in 1970 with the Mexia Police Department. There, he had to keep a desk job until he was of age to legally carry a gun. In 1977, he became Chief of Police and remained in this position until Dec. 30, 1996.
He then went to work for the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department until he retired. During his time in law enforcement, he had many friends and families who were close to his own family and still remain this way.
Rodger was baptized in Christ at the First Baptist Church in Mexia, due the First Baptist Church of Tehuacana not having a baptismal font.
He was confirmed into Christ Episcopal Church in 2002, where he served on the Bishop’s Committee (2003-2005) and Bishop’s Warden (2006-2007).
He was preceded in death by his father, Woodrow Wilson Cotton.
He is survived by his wife Betty; two daughters, Brandi Cotton Fuentes and husband, Jesse of Fairfield and Rustyn Cotton Rogers and husband, Mark of Kirvin; three grandchildren, Trintyn Rogers, Lillie Fuentes and Austin Rogers; mother, Mildred Cotton Monk and husband, Claude of Tehuacana; brothers, Ronald Cotton and Stanley Cotton and wife, Belinda of Mexia; sister, Linda Ford and husband Billy of Barry; 10 nieces, four nephews and numerous great-nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Jeff Anderson, Thomas Hendrix, Chris Bosley, Wesley Robinson, Craig Morgan, Buddy Robinson, Fred Latham and Jermy Sunday. Honorary pallbearers are David Owens, Ivan Jackson Jr., Andy Collins, Harold Hughes, Don Morton, Mike Bell, Steve Jackson and Bobby Sunday.
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