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A Celebration of Life for Red will take place the old football field in Sulphur, Oklahoma. (600 W. Wynnewood St, Sulphur, OK 73086) DATE AND TIME ARE PENDING.
Red, as he was known to family & friends, passed away at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Sulphur, Oklahoma to Aaron Orlando & Roxie Pearl (Newby) Cottle, he was the sixth of twelve children born to this union.
He graduated from Sulphur High School class of 1955 where he played football during his time there. He honorably served his country in the U. S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Following his discharge he attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma where he received his Bachelor of Science in Education. He later received his Master’s degree in Education from Oklahoma University.
Before becoming a teacher, Red acted as a referee and umpire for basketball and softball leagues.
He started teaching at Nichols Hills Elementary before becoming principal at Millwork where he worked until he retired.
Red enjoyed golf, dominoes, garage sales, watching football and meeting with his friends weekly at the coffee shop.
He was energetic, full of life and will be remembered for always being willing to lend a helping hand.
Red was preceded in death by his parents; 6 brothers Aaron Cottle, Jr. of Arizona, Edward Cottle of North Carolina, Infant brother Robert Lee Cottle, Grady Cottle of Oklahoma City, James Cottle of Colony, Texas and Bruce Cottle of Oklahoma City; and 2 sisters, Mary Jennfeldt of Kentucky and Laura Luckett of New Mexico.
He is survived by 3 sisters Vivian Kelly of Faquay-Varina, VA., Wanda Crumb of Davis, Oklahoma, Kaye Mack of Springfield, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.