Janie Tolbert Cotton, 81, of Jefferson, died Monday, November 17, 2008.
Born in Clarke County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Ruby Dalton Tolbert. She was a homemaker, a member of the Good News Christian Church, and a U.S. Army Veteran. She was the first woman to serve on the Jefferson City Council, and was instrumental in getting coats, boots, and helmets for the Jefferson Fire Department. She served with the Girl Scouts of America and helped form the first Cub Scout Troop. Mrs. Cotton and her husband were participants in the local high school football booster club. She served her country with the 3rd WAC in Fort Bragg, N.C. Along with her husband, she worked as a security guard at Hurricane Shoals Park, and most recently volunteered her time to reading with children at the local elementary school. Mrs. Cotton was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Cotton; brother, Nelson Tolbert; and a sister, Doris Doster.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Renata Cotton, Watkinsville, Mike and Carol Cotton, Athens; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 21, at 11 a.m., in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with Minister Tom Plank and the Rev. Marv Westfall officiating. Burial will be in the Woodbine Cemetery in Jefferson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Georgia, 3715 Northside Parkway 400 Northcreek, Suite 300, Atlanta, Ga. 30327.
The family will receive friends Thursday, November 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.