Charley Milton Cottrell, 91, of Deer Park passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena, after a long illness.
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The funeral services were held Nov. 17, 2013, in Pasadena, at Niday Funeral Home, with Pastor Wesley Faulk officiating.
The burial was Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Whitehouse Cemetery, Whitehouse, following a graveside service by R.D. Jolley, Charley's nephew.
Charley was a member of Memorial Baptist Church, where he was an inspiration to many. Many Deer Park-area bridge and 42 players will remember Charley's daily play at the Maxwell Center in Deer Park.
Charley was born on July 2, 1922, in Leroy, to Malinda Addie Pitts and William David Cottrell. Charley grew up in Whitehouse, Troup, Mixon, Buncum and Sycamore areas.
Leaving Whitehouse to join up, he served in the military during three wars: World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps prior to World War II and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and U.S. Air Force for a total of 31 years.
He was preceded in death by Elsie Augustine, his wife of 57 years; and his twin sister, Mildred Walker.
Survivors include his son, Charles and his wife Linda, and their children, Amber and Bradley; his daughter, Malinda Clement and husband Hiram, and their children, Clarissa and Leonard.
Other survivors are sisters, Joy Lennon and Marjorie Jolley, Shreveport, La., Faye Hayes, Tyler; and brother, Billy Cottrell and wife Barbara, Whitehouse.
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Dec. 8, 2013