SHUQUALAK — Bessie Morton, 87, died April 27, 2013, at Louisville Healthcare Nursing Home. Services are Saturday at 2 p.m. at Macedonia United Methodist Church with Gerald Butler officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia Cemetery. Visitation is Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Cockrell Funeral Home. Mrs. Morton was born June 2, 1924, to the late Joe and Addie Rogers Cotton. She was a member of Macedonia United Methodist Church. She was formerly employed as an elected Justice of the Peace, a school bus driver, a semi-truck driver, a welder at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula and North American Aviation in Grand Prairie, Texas. She was a founding member of the Macedonia Hunting Club. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Morton; sisters, Mattie Deforest, Thelma Bland and Mable Reed; brothers, George Coton, Charlie Maxey, Bilbo Cotton and Joe “Red” Cotton Jr.; stepchildren, Charles Morton, Norma Jeane Morton and Joe Morton; and one grandson. Survivors include her stepdaughter, Mary Sue Arrowood of Huffman, Texas; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers are Frankie Rodriguez, Travis Roberts, Joey Cotton, Chris Cotton, Jim Latham and Jerry Ferguson.
Appeared in The Commercial Dispatch on May 2, 2013
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