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Joanne Jenkins Cotten, 84

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Mrs. Joanne Cotten

Mrs. Cotten, 84 of Lebanon, passed away on October 4, 2014. She was born June 20, 1930 in Carthage to M. Draper Jenkins and Maude Williams Jenkins who preceded her in the trip to eternal life.

She was raised in Carthage and graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 1952 and later George Peabody College.

Mrs. Cotten taught school at Smith County High and Watertown High where she also coached girls basketball.
Later, while teaching at Lebanon High School, she became the school's first guidance counselor.

She finished her teaching career at Tennessee Preparatory School (TPS) in Nashville. During her career she was in the first group of State Evaluators for teachers.

Mrs. Cotten attended Lebanon's First United Methodist Church where she had been a member for over 50 years and sang in the choir until her health precluded her attendance. Heaven's jubilee now has another great voice joining.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Ernest W. Cotten, Sr.; sister Bobbie Jane Phillips; children Ernest W. (Amanda) Cotten, Jr., Billy (Sally) Cotten, Mary Jo (Greg) Cote, Dr. Daniel (Darcie) Cotten, Patricia Cotten Campbell and James Michael Guinn.

Also surviving are nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Monday evening, Oct. 6, 2014, at First United Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. Mike Ripski.

Graveside services were Tuesday morning at the Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church Cemetery in White County.
Grandson and grandsons-in-law served as active pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers: Choir of First United Methodist Church, Ladies Golf Association of Lebanon Golf & Country Club, and former co-workers at TPS.

The family request that memorial contributions be made to the Music Ministry of First United Methodist Church or the Ladies Golf Association.

Special thanks to the staff at the Pavilion, University Medical Center, Dr. Robert Woods, Dr. Hardie Sorrels, and Home Instead, Inc.

Arrangements were in the care of Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home of Lebanon.

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