Racing legend Cotton Owens’ funeral held Sunday
June 14, 2012 by Mark
Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 10, at the Milestones Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina for Everett “Cotton” Owens, a native of South Carolina and one of the pioneers of NASCAR, who was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame just a few weeks ago.
According to Bud Moore, a fellow member of the Hall of Fame and a long-time colleague of Owens, the service was a special way in which to celebrate his life and to let people know what an exceptional individual he was. No doubt flyer printing and poster printing are being used to further commemorate his life and make those who are not familiar with NASCAR more aware of his numerous contributions to the event.
Cotton, who passed away on June 7 following a long battle with lung cancer, was also remembered by many as someone who was dedicated to his community and his family. Brenda Bolton, general manager of Demetre’s, commented that Cotton frequented the restaurant every Friday night, knew everyone’s name, always request the same server, and shared all his meals with his wife Dot. His grandsons commented that he always expressed a great deal of love for his family and displayed a tremendous work ethic, being a hands-on manager of his shop.
Cotton’s nephew, Mike Wood, pointed out that although racing was very important to Cotton, his family was even more so. He was able to combine his family and his interests by practicing pit stops on the family driveway over the weekends.
As part of the service, the church included photographs of Owens’ contributions to NASCAR.