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Timothy Kenyon Cotton
Written by Press-Herald Staff
Friday, 23 July 2010

Funeral services for Timothy Kenyon Cotton will be held Saturday, at 1 p.m. at St. Rest Baptist Church in Minden. Visitation will be held Friday, from 6 until 7 p.m. at St. Rest Baptist Church. Floral arrangements may be sent to Benevolent Funeral Home.

Timothy Kenyon Cotton was born Feb. 23, 1974 in Minden, to Jerry and Melva Cotton. Kenyon showed signs early that he was destined to play football. Starting as early as little league, Kenyon played football through middle school and high school developing his God given talent. As a result of Kenyon’s hard work and perseverance over the years, he received a full scholarship to play football at University Southeast Louisiana, now University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL) under the late Coach Nelson Stokely.

Kenyon played for UL from 1992-96 and still ranks fifth amongst the Cajuns’ top performers with 2,311 yards. When he finished his career at UL, he ranked second in career rushing yards. Over his career, Kenyon scored 28 touchdowns and earned up to 174 points on the field. His career scoring total ranks 10th all-time in Cajuns’ record books. In 1994, Kenyon earned Second Team Big West Conference honors and was an honorable mention the following season. With Kenyon leading the way, the Cajuns were crowned the Big West Champions in 1993 and 1994.

After his career at UL, Kenyon played two seasons in the National Football League with the Baltimore Ravens as a full back from 1997-98. He played in a total of 27 games.

Kenyon accepted Christ as an adult and was baptized at Mt. Calm Missionary Baptist Church. Kenyon passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2010 after suffering complications from a recent surgery.

Kenyon leaves to cherish his memory his parents, Jerry and Melva Cotton of Minden; two loving sons, Kennedy Cotton of New Iberia and Timothy Kenyon Cotton, II. of Carencro; two brothers, Talandis Cotton of New Orleans and Marcus Cotton (Carla) of Houston; and one sister, Camalla Cotton of Houston. He also leaves a significant other, Stephanie James of Baton Rouge. He leaves uncles and aunts, Nathan Emerson (Margie) of Minden; Timmy Cotton(Lisa) of Monroe, Welton Harris(Thelda) of Minden, Dianne Jaggers (Marvin) of Minden, Beverly G. Thomas (Ronnie) of Winnsboro, Janice K. Cotton and Donecia Presley (Charles) both of Monroe, Tracie A. Gulley of Seattle, Washington; Toniette A. Holland (Tyrone) of Arlington, Texas; a loving niece Mar-Syl Cotton of Houston; three cousins Derrick, Danielle, and Derail Emerson all of Minden; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

Posted on nwlanews.com on July 23, 2010

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Former MHS athlete dies

Written by Tiffany Flournoy
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Former Baltimore Raven Ragin’ Cajun and Minden High School running back Timothy Kenyon Cotton has died.

According to reports from a family member and a friend of Cotton’s, the 36-year-old football standout underwent outpatient surgery to repair a torn achilles tendon last week. However, after returning to his Baton Rouge home from the procedure, Cotton experienced breathing complications. As a result, he was admitted to a south Louisiana hospital and later placed into a medically-induced coma in preparation to address his medical situation.

“From what I’m told, when he came out of the coma, he had a series of strokes back to back,” said Kenyon Allen, Cotton’s younger cousin. “He had been on life support the entire time he was in the hospital.”

Allen said the percentage of dependency on the life support fluctuated.

However, he indicated that following the series of strokes, Cotton became fully dependent on life support.
The 1992 Minden High School graduate, known for his unique spirit and athletic ability, reportedly passed away Friday after being taken off life support.

“Kenyon was proof that you can be a great football player and you can also be a great person,” said Steve Brasher, Minden High School Head Football Coach from 1983 – 1991.

While recalling Cotton’s high school career, Brasher said both Cotton’s character and athletic ability were top-notch.
“He was a stand-up guy. He was a young man that was able to exceed expectations on a team that wasn’t really one of my better teams. We built our team around Kenyon Cotton. We knew we had to give him the football. We had to make sure that he touched it at all times.”

The former MHS coach indicated that even after his high school days, Cotton never forgot his roots.

“Every time Kenyon saw me somewhere he would always grab me and hug me. I have a lot of admiration for him,” Brasher said.

Following his high school football career, Cotton received a full scholarship to play football at University Southeast Louisiana, (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) under the late Coach Nelson Stokely.

By the end of his university career in 1996, Cotton ranked as the 5th leading rusher in Ragin Cajun football history with 2311 yards.

In 1997, he was drafted to the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, where he played for two seasons.

“He was a jolly guy,” Allen said Monday. “Kenyon was always upbeat and seeing him work hard and make it to the NFL made others believe that they could reach their goals. He was an inspiration.”

That inspiration and those fond memories seem to go further than just family. Schoolmates, including college teammate and friend Garrick Mayweather, who stayed in close contact with Cotton until the end, are also remembering Cotton’s character.

Mayweather said what he remembers most about Cotton is his sense of humor and ability to analyze things, which he was introduced to during their freshman year as athletes at University of Southeast Louisiana.

“He had a brilliant mind in football,” Mayweather said. “He is going to be missed. The knowledge of the game that he had is gone with him.”

Mayweather continued, saying Cotton’s dream was to become a coach.

“He would have made a great coach. The game of football is going to miss out on a great coach,” he said. “At the moment, this (Cotton’s death) seems surreal. This feels like a bad dream.”

Funeral services for Cotton will be held Saturday, at 1 p.m. at St. Rest Baptist Church in Minden. Visitation will be held Friday, from 6 until 7 p.m. at St. Rest Baptist Church. Floral arrangements may be sent to Benevolent Funeral Home.

Cotton leaves behind two sons, ages 13 and nine.

Posted Tuesday, July 20, 2010 NWLaNews.com

http://www.nwlanews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=15&Itemid=57

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Email received by Marty Cannon, GIA on Monday, July 19, 2010

The funeral arrangements for Kenyon Cotton have been arranged. The wake will be July 23rd @ Saint Rest Baptist Church, 611 East Union Street, Minden, LA from 6-7 pm. The funeral will also be held at Saint Rest Baptist Church on Saturday, July 24th @ 1:00 pm. Flowers can be sent to Benevolent Funeral Home 401 E. Union Street, Minden, LA 71055
(318) 377-0593
A page has been set up on Facebook for friends and teammates to remember KC

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Daily Advertiser Staff Reports July 17, 2010

Former University of Louisiana Ragin’ Cajun tailback Kenyon Cotton passed away on Friday after suffering complications following a surgery to repair a torn achilles heel.

Cotton, who played at then-USL from 1993-96, slipped into a coma shortly after surgery and was put on life support. On Friday, his family elected to take him off life support. Cotton was 36 years old.

The Bossier City native and former Minden High standout still ranks as No. 5 on the all-time Cajun football rushing leaders with 2,311 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Cotton played briefly in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens and had since been living in Baton Rouge.

“He was a good kid and a great football player,” former UL defensive coordinator Mike Doherty said.