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Cotton remembered for many talents, contributions

Angela Cotton, a longtime member of the downtown Andalusia business community, passed away Saturday, July 17.

Cotton along with her husband, Alan, were the owners of Cotton’s Florist after purchasing Peterson Flower Shop sometime around 1975. They operated on South Cotton Street for several years before purchasing the T-P Flower and Gift Shop and moving the business to that location on E. Three Notch Street. By the mid-1990s they moved their store back to South Cotton Street when the historic preservation movement inspired them to restore the two-story building that had originally been known as the City (Brunson) Hotel property.

At the same time, Cotton offered her services at Church Street Elementary School to special needs children. Later, she became right-hand assistant to Mrs. Ethel Robertson in the Andalusia Middle School office for over 10 years. After another stint in the Covington County District Attorney’s office, Cotton returned full-time to Alan Cotton’s Flower and Gift Shop where she flourished with not only the customers but also with her flower designs and delivery to homes and businesses.

Her talents were also evident for a time at the Andalusia Regional Hospital in the on-site gift shop she owned and operated. Her expertise at her antique and estate sale business led to sought-after bookings.

Funeral services for Cotton will be held Wednesday, July 21, 11 a.m., at the First Baptist Church with Foreman Funeral Home directing. Interment will follow in Andalusia Memorial Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband, Alan Cotton of Andalusia; two sons, Lee Cotton of Freeport, Florida and Chris Cotton of Andalusia; one brother, Keith South of Montgomery; her father-in-law, Donald Cotton of Andalusia; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jatricia and Keith Pugh of Evergreen, Don and Cheryl Cotton, and Lamar Cotton of Andalusia; she also has many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and nephews, close cousins, relatives, and friends.

(Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Sue Wilson for contributing to this report. Mrs. Cotton’s full obituary is available on Page 2.)