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Thursday December 29th, 2022
12:00pm - 2:00pm

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Thursday December 29th, 2022
2:00pm - 2:15pm

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Thursday December 29th, 2022
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Taylor Henry Cotton

Taylor Henry Cotton, 83, of Millcreek Twp, Sandy Lake, passed away on Monday, December 19, 2022 at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville. 

Taylor was born on May 7, 1939 in Clarion County to the late Gerald B. and Ethel C. (Bigley) Cotton, Jr.

He was a 1957 graduate of Keystone High School. He went on to graduate from Clarion State with a degree in Social Studies, Social Science, English, Safety Education and Highway Safety.  Following his graduation from Clarion he went on to serve in the United States Army from 1962 – 1964. After his time in the military Taylor attended various universities to further his education.  He obtained his Masters Degree from Gannon University with a degree in Library Science.  He also went to Penn State University to get his degree in Horseshoeing.

Taylor was a member of many clubs and associations. He was a member of F & AM #861 Masonic Lodge, Frankfurt Germany, Coudersport Consistory and Zem Zem Shrine Erie, Legion of Honor – New Castle, American Quarter Horse Association, Venango Draft Horse Association, Belgian Horse Association, Percheron Horse Association, Farriers Association, Eastern Farriers Association, Suffolk Sheep Association, he served as Secretary and Treasurer and was on the Board of Directors for the Mercer County Wool Grower Association and the Mercer County Antique Power Association.

Taylor was of the Protestant faith.

He married his beloved wife, Donna Kay Cotton on March 28, 1964 and she preceded him in death on February 5, 2007.

Taylor is survived by his son, Taylor H. Cotton, Jr., and grandson, Taylor H. Cotton, III, of Knox, PA.

In addition to his parents and wife, Taylor was preceded in death by his brother, Gerald B. Cotton and an infant brother.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Rose and Black Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., of 99 Franklin Street, Stoneboro, where family and friends are welcome on Thursday, December 29, 2022 from 12 pm – 2 pm. A funeral service will follow at 2 pm with Rev Beth Creekpaum, officiating. Masonic and Military Honors will be rendered.

Interment will take place at New Lebanon Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.RoseAndBlackFH.com


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A candle was lit in memory of Taylor Cotton

Bobbi McCarthy-Davis Jan 16 2023 6:42 PM

I was really saddened to hear that Mr. Cotton had passed away. I was hoping to connect with him in the last 6 months after Phill Cresswell and I talked and he was asking me what had happened to Mr. Cotton. I made it a point to try and find him, called the number in the phonebook from Sandy Lake, but it went to a weird recording. And asked my parents to ask around to see if they could figure out how he was doing. No one seemed to know. Then I heard this news. So sorry I didn't get to speak with him one last time. I'm surprised the obituary didn't mention his role at LHS as the librarian given the number of people / students he impacted in the community in that role. I was in homeroom in the library with Mr. Cotton my senior year and spent a lot of time in the library. He was always a great influence on so many of us in our teenage years! I had told him in high school that maybe he could have his horses and pull a wagon at my wedding one day, and I found out many years later that he asked someone I knew about that, even though I had forgotten...he had not. I hope the family and close friends of Mr. Cotton know how much of a great force he was for students and in the community. Happy I got the chance to know him along the journey.

Riley Neugebauer Jan 1 2023 6:24 PM

Jr & III, Our deepest sympathies. I was just informed of Uncle Taylor's passing and will be unable to attend today. Lots of good memories growing up on the farms of the Cotton brothers. Let's us know if you need anything.

Gerald Cotton III, Vicki,Jess, Paige & Sarah Dec 29 2022 1:21 PM

We have good memories of Taylor not only when we were Lakeview High students, but also of going to him for advice on horses we were looking to buy. He truly was a wealth of knowledge and experience.
My mom, Linda Struthers, would like to express her sympathy. She worked for Taylor a number of years as the Library Secretary and remembers that time fondly. She always enjoyed seeing him in later years and catching up.
He was one of those people we meet in life who leaves a lasting impact and this community will greatly miss him.
With sympathy,

Fred and Marci Tenney Dec 29 2022 8:09 AM

Taylor was our blacksmith and dear friend. So many memories. One was when my husband and he picked up JR'S new horse and named him Jelly Bean.
He will be missed.

Marilyn Wadding Dec 29 2022 7:53 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Taylor Cotton

Bonnie Russell Dec 28 2022 4:15 PM

Mr Cotton made sure we not only traveled in our imaginations at the Lakeview HS Library, but he also took huge groups of us small town kids on field trips to see the world around us. Here is a picture of him on the horse-drawn canal boat, and at the Football Hall of Fame, and Stan Hywet Mansion. Thank you Mr. Cotton!

Scott Preisel Dec 28 2022 12:31 AM

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Scott Preisel Dec 28 2022 12:14 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Taylor Cotton

Krystal DeVault Dec 27 2022 10:04 PM

Sincere Sympathy to JR with great memories of Taylor AFTER he retired. What a SUPER MAN ! !

Shirley McIntire Dec 27 2022 5:24 PM

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