This obituary is one of those clippings with no source information attached. I have not yet been able to locate the source of this obituary. It is clear from the article that it must have been published in or near Oxford, NC.
W.T. Cottrell was born 20 July 1918 in Oxford, NC and died 27 July 1963 in Brooklyn, NY. According to relatives, the obituary was written by W. T. Cottrell’s son, William Thomas, but much of the information in the obituary is incorrect. The first sign of a problem is that the hospital, is Mt. Sinai, not Mt. Ziani. It seems to be written phonetically.
Another problem I am aware of is that the daughter, Sue, was not from California, although at the time of W. T.’s death she was visiting relatives in California. Her name is incorrect as well, as she was born “Sue Carrol.”
I wrote previously about Mrs. Vernia Cole Cottrell; the elusive Lavenia Cole. By the time of her death (1977) Lavenia Cole had remarried to William Surratt, so if I were to believe this obituary she had not yet been remarried in 1963. However, there is no reason to have a lot of faith in the information in this obit. Another item on my research “to do” list is to uncover a reliable source for the date of Lavenia’s second marriage.
Following is the text in the obituary:
“W. T. Cottrell, 45,
Dies in N.Y. City
Remains Being Returned to
Oxford for Funeral on
A former resident of Oxford, Wil-
son Taylor Cottrell, 45, died July
27 at Mt. Ziani Hospital, New York
City, following illness of several
weeks. Cottrell was employed in
Brooklyn as a billing clerk for a
The remains were to arrive here
Monday night at Eakes Funeral
Home to await completion of plans
for the funeral and burial Wednes-
day at a time and place to be de-
Surviving are his wife, Mrs.
Mackie Averett Cottrell of Brook-
lyn; two sons, Larry and Steve,
also of Brooklyn; a daughter, Mrs.
Sue Carol Cottrell, California; his
father, Alfred E. Cottrell, Jackson-
ville, and his mother, Mrs. Vernia
Cole Cottrell, Denton; a brother,
William Thomas Cottrell of Brook-
lyn; three sisters, Mrs. Charles E.
Blair, Stem, Mrs. Lloyd Brown,
Troy, and Mrs. John Aquino, Ports-