James Cottrill Obituary (2021) – Washington Court House, OH


James Eugene Cottrill, 72, of Alliance, Ohio, died at 8:35 p.m. on August 28, 2021 at Alliance Community Hospital after a long illness.

He was born on December 15, 1948 in Greenfield, Ohio, to Paul Lewis Cottrill and Dorothy June (Hurtt) Cottrill. He grew up on the family farm in Washington Courthouse, Ohio, with his younger brother and sister. Jim graduated from Miami Trace High School on May 29, 1957 and received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Ohio State University on June 11, 1971.

After graduating, he worked for over a decade for the Farmers Home Administration of the United States Department of Agriculture before leaving his office job. He found his calling in his own hands, working as a bus mechanic for US Coach at Alliance, where he worked for over 35 years. He met the love of his life, Mary Harris, in the summer of 1977, in his own words: “I just knew it was her when I met her, and I had to talk to her again.” After a brief courtship, Jim and Mary were married on December 2, 1977. The following year, they welcomed their son into the world, Thomas Cottrill. Jim and Mary celebrated nearly 30 years of marriage before his untimely death in 2007.

More than anything, Jim was dedicated to his family and spent his life demonstrating his deep love for them. In his later years, Jim was the proudest of his two young grandchildren, James (7) and Oliver (4). He made it his mission to spend as much quality time as possible with them and, as such, became the “neighborhood dad” who always had after-school cookies available for his grandchildren and their children. friends. He loved to fish, read and was well known for his love of the History Channel and his hatred of groundhogs under his garden shed.

He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary (Harris) Cottrill; father, Paul Lewis Cottrill; mother, Dorothy June (Hurtt) Cottrill; sister-in-law, Rosalind Cottrill of Washington Courthouse, Ohio; brother-in-law, Joe Hollingsworth, of Jamestown, Ohio; brothers-in-law, William Delawder of Minerva, Robert L. Harris of Canton, Gary (Jack) Harris of Alliance and Kenneth R. Harris of Alliance; as well as her sister-in-law, Rose M. Harris of Alliance.

Survivors include her son, Thomas (Myra) Cottrill of Alliance; grandchildren, James and Oliver; her brother, Larry (Rosalind) Cottrill of the Washington Courthouse; his niece, Valerie (Rob) Cruea; his great-nieces and nephews, Austin, Addie and Samuel Braden; his sister, Kathy (Joe) Hollingsworth of Jamestown; and nephews, Patrick (Amanda) Hollingsworth and Ethan Hollingsworth; his brother-in-law, Lawrence R. (Diane) Harris of Alliance; as well as the many other nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews on his wife’s side.

The funeral will be on Saturday September 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home with Pastor Freddie Rodriguez as officiant. Friends can call between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, September 3. Interment will be in Highland Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions can be made to Alliance Community Pantry, 215 E. Market Street, Alliance, Ohio 44601, https://alliancecommunitypantry.org.

Arrangements are made at Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home 75 South Union Ave Alliance, Ohio 44601. Friends and family can share their condolences and memories online at www.ctcfuneral.com.

Published by Record Herald from August 31 to September 1, 2021.

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