Robert "Cotton" Smith

Robert E. “Cotton” Smith, 89, of Du Quoin, passed away at 12:56 a.m. Monday, July 25, 2011, at Fair Acres Nursing Home in Du Quoin.

Cotton had been in the plumbing and heating business in Neosho, Mo. He had owned Ben Franklin and Payless stores. Cotton had been a farmer and owned farms. He had also been an investment broker. He retired when he was 84 years old.

He was a member of the Sunfield United Methodist Church. Cotton had also been a member of Masonic Lodge at Houston, Mo., Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Temple, Kiwanis and Missouri Bankers Association.

He was born Oct. 12, 1921, at Granby, Mo., the son of Ernest Robert and Zola Mae (Chase) Smith.

He married Harriette Hennick on March 26, 1941, at Neosho, Mo., and she survives.

He is survived by his wife of Du Quoin; one daughter, Sue Logan and husband, Stanley, of Du Quoin; one son, Robert Edward Smith and wife, Joan, of Houston, Mo.; two sisters, Mary Van Slyke of Fair Grove, Mo., and Betty Sowder of West Plains, Mo.; four grandchildren, Christian Smith and wife, Laura, of Houston, Mo., Tracie Holley and husband, Russ, of Overland Park, Kan., Dr. Jon Logan of Cleveland, Ohio and Elisabeth Collins and husband, Brian, of Tamaroa; four great-grandchildren, Taylor Smith and Tanner Smith, both of Houston, Mo., and Grace Collins and Sallee Collins, both of Tamaroa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Audie Smith, Harold Smith and James Smith; one sister, Elizabeth Tanner; and one sister in infancy.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Sunfield United Methodist Church at Sunfield with the Rev. Donna Blythe officiating.

Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the church on Sunday.

Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park at Du Quoin.

Friends may make memorials to Sunfield United Methodist Church Building Fund or Shriners Crippled Children’s Hospital and will be accepted at the funeral home.

Searby Funeral Home in Du Quoin is in charge of arrangements.

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