Ronald Woodrow Cotton passed away January 30, 2020 in Mexia, Texas at the age of 74. A graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, February 1, 2020 in the Tehuacana Cemetery with Rev. Chris Rowe officiating. Brad Ford, Brandon Ford, Bryan Cotton, Mark Rogers, Sara Ybarra, Esteban Ybarra and Jesse Fuentes will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer will be Leonard Moses
Visitation with the family will be 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home.
Ronald was born February 9, 1945 in Mexia, Texas to Woodrow and Mildred Russell Cotton. He attended Tehuacana Elementary School and Mexia High School. He married Joy Walpole in 1962, but later divorced. They were the parents of three children, Tammi Cotton Smith, Keli Cotton Jarosz and Ashlye Cotton Bobbitt.
Ronald was employed at A & P Grocery, while in high school, then for Ferguson Motor Company, prior to he and his wife moving to Waco where he was employed by Montgomery Ward for 10 years and Central Freight Lines for 20 years. After he became interested in country music, he and his wife formed C & M Productions, which required a move from Waco to Nashville, TN. Over the years, Ronald was associated with Ascept, BMI, MCA, CBS, Sonia, Polygram, RCA, Mercury Records and many independent record companies. He also worked with many recording artist such as: George Strait, Garth Brooks, Statler Brothers, Barbara and Louise Mandrell, Billy Ray Cyrus, Alabama, Dwight Yoakam, Michael Jackson, Mo Bandy, Joe Stampley, Tonya Tucker, Lara Morgan, Keith Whitley, Johnny and June Carter, Jimmie Dickens, David Frazil and Janie Frickie. Ronald was the manager of Ronna Reeves and Sylvia. He was also neighbors and good friends to Dollie Parton and Eddie Arnold.
Due to health reasons, Ronald left the music industry and returned to Mexia where he completed his working career, of almost ten years, at the Mexia State School
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, William W. Cotton; grandparents, Leonard and Georgia Mae Moses; father, Woodrow W. Cotton; mother, Mildred Cotton Monk; grandson, Stormy Smith; and brother, Rodger Dale Cotton.
Ronald is survived by his children, Tammi Smith, Keli Jarosz and Ashlye Bobbitt; grandchildren, Courtney, Presley, Caleb and Mattie Smith, Cullen and Annie Kennedy, Connor and Emma Bobbitt and Charlotte; brother, Stanley Cotton and wife, Belinda of Mexia; sister, Linda Ford and husband, Billy of Barry, TX, sister-in-law Betty Coleman of Kirvin, uncle and best friend, Leonard E. Moses and wife, Daisy of Waco; aunt Jean Espinola of Killeen; step-father, Claude Monk of Tehuacana; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Saturday, February 1st, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home
605 S. McKinney St MEXIA, TX 76667
Saturday, February 1st, 2020 3:30pm
TEHUACANA, TX 76686