James Madison Cotten passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the age of 94. He was the son of Fred Rider and Mary Akard Cotten. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Shirley Cotten; nephew, Rider Scott; grand niece and nephew, Chelsea Hunt and Sloane Scott; daughter-in-law, Christine Bow-Switzer, and husband, Michael Switzer; and granddaughters, Alexandria Bow and Gabrielle Bow.
James, a Weatherford native, spent many years serving his community. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Forces. Upon returning, he took up the practice of law with an office just off the courthouse square. He was elected to serve as county attorney, district attorney for Parker County and the mayor of Weatherford. He represented Weatherford for two terms in the Texas Legislature as a state representative. Governor Dolph Briscoe convinced James to continue his service as an official in his administration. James always had a kind word and a great sense of humor that will be missed by his family and many friends.
A visitation will be held at the Cotten-Bratton Chapel at noon on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, with graveside to follow.