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Born: September 30, 1926

Place of Birth: Moran, TX

Death: January 17, 2014

Place of Death: Moran, TX






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James Morris "Buster" Cottle

    September 30, 1926  -  January 17, 2014





Life Legacy


MORAN – James Morris “Buster” Cottle, aged 87, passed away January 17, 2014 at his home on the Cottle Ranch outside Moran, Texas. Graveside services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 25, 2014 in the Moran Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Howard Funeral Home in Clyde. Visitation will take place at the Moran Community Center after the service. In lieu of flowers, please help support the Moran Community Center and Moran Clean and Proud.

James was born in Moran on September 30, 1926, to Morris and Zola Cottle, longtime residents of the Moran community. He was the grandson of Jim and Emma Cottle, early Moran pioneers who settled in Shackelford County in the 1800’s. James married Julie Thomas on August 17, 1947, in Moran where they made their home. At the time of his death they had been married 66 years. They have three children, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

James attended school in Moran where he won the unanimous vote of coaches and newspapermen of District 12-B as not only “the greatest gridder in the six team loop, but also as one of the classiest backs ever produced in the circuit.” This earned him the nickname “Blockbuster”.

James served as a Corporal in WWII from January 1945 to November 1946. He spent his time overseas on a clean-up mission in the South Pacific. After the war, he returned to ranch on the home place that his grandparents – the Cottles – homesteaded in 1899. He was a rural mail carrier for many years in Moran and Breckenridge. James was a member of the American Legion and Rural Mail Carriers Association. He attended the First Baptist Church in Moran and served on the Moran School Board for many years. He was interested in and worked tirelessly in the city of Moran. He and wife, Julie, were founders of the Moran Clean and Proud organization helping clean up the city and making many improvements. They were awarded the Community Builder Award by the Moran Masonic Lodge in appreciation for all their volunteer work.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Zola, his brother, Jerry Cottle and his sister Nell Crandall.

He is survived by his wife, Julie; son, Jim of Moran; daughters, Judy Stovall and her husband Danny of Paint Rock, Texas and Jana Keeter and her husband Ron of Olney, Texas; grandchildren are Jennifer Wills and husband Rob of Boise, Idaho, Joe Scott and wife Amy of Dallas, Jed Cottle and Ben Cottle both of Moran, Casey Keeter and wife Mallory of Olney and Kimberly Keeter of Olney; great grandchildren include James, Jeremy, Juliana and Jaelyn Cottle of Abilene, Josh Cottle of Moran and Rylan Keeter of Olney.