In memory of
David Clinton Cotten March 12, 1927 - March 4, 2020 TEXARKANA, TX FORMERLY OF OKLAHOMA CITY, OK Dr. David Clinton Cotten, 92, of Texarkana, Texas, formerly of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, in Texarkana. David was born in Sherman, Texas on March 12, 1927 to Paul Luther Cotten and Lela Mae Trail Cotten. On October 17th, 1958 he was married at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Oklahoma City to Helen Powell Cotten. A loving husband and father, devoted grandfather, dear friend, spiritual teacher and mentor, he will be missed greatly by his family and friends, including those at Cornerstone Retirement Community. David attended Wheaton College and graduated from the University of North Texas in 1948, having won the title of National Debate Champion. David held Master's Degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary and the University of Oklahoma and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Phillips University. He was Senior Pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Oklahoma City for 33 years, during which he was also instrumental in establishing the Oklahoma Christian Counseling Center. David served as Chaplain for 28 years in the 45th Infantry Brigade retiring as full Major. He returned to Dallas Theological Seminary in 1989 to serve as Vice-President for Student Affairs and Professor of Pastoral Ministries. Even in his retirement in 2000, David returned to Oklahoma and served as Pastor of Senior Adults at Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. David was a faithful and true servant to his Lord Jesus Christ. He was devoted to teaching others the Bible. He mentored, counseled, encouraged and befriended a multitude of people throughout his life-time of ministry. He was a loving and dearly beloved father and grandfather with tremendous influence through his concern and prayers. Survivors include son David Powell Cotten and wife Shawna of Texarkana, Texas; daughter Deanna Leigh Manske and husband Don of St. Charles, Illinois; grandchildren Caroline Powel l and Joe Greiner of Brooklyn, New York, Amanda Leigh Cotten of Texarkana, Texas, Allison Ray and Caleb Cochrum of Arlington Heights, Illinois, Luke Harrison Manske and Haleigh Cotten Manske of St. Charles, Illinois. A graveside service will be held at a date and time to be determined at Akers Cemetery in Sherman, Texas. Memorials may be made to Dallas Theological Seminary, Gideon's or Hospice of Texarkana.
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