January 28, 1933 – October 13, 2020
Joanne Cottle was born on January 28, 1934 in Charleston, South Carolina into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rossborough Mitchell. She was taken to and reared in Augusta, Georgia by her adoptive parents. Joanne attended public schools in Augusta, graduating from Tubman High. After working for two years as an Administrative Secretary, she entered college at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. She graduated with honors. Joanne also met her husband-to-be there, and they were married in 1955. On June 23, 1955, she became Mrs. Ronald E. Cottle. In November 1956 the couple became pastors of First Assembly of God, Florence, South Carolina, where they served for seven years. While in Florence, Pastor Cottle earned the M. Div. degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary with honors. The couple later moved to Los Angeles, California, where he enrolled into the Ph.D. program at the University of Southern California. After this Joanne returned to college and earned her Bachelor’s Degree and California Lifetime Teaching Credential, both from Azusa Pacific University.
Joanne taught high school English and Literature at the famous Roosevelt High in Los Angeles. During their three year tenure at the University of Southern California, their only son, Ron, Jr. was born on September 24, 1964. Their lives in Education and Ministry have taken them all over the world. However, in 1985 they returned to Ron’s hometown of Columbus, GA where they have lived for 35 years as an active part of the community.
Joanne died peacefully in their home in Cataula, GA after a long illness. She was surrounded by her husband, her son, Ron, Jr., her grandson, Roman and his wife Kyra as well as their 18 month old son, Luke.
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- Dr. Ronald E. Cottle, Husband
- Ron E. Cottle, Jr., Son
- Roman Cottle (Kyra), Grandson
- Luke Cottle, Great-Grandchild
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October 24, 2020
Love and peace to Dr. Cottle and the entire family. What an honor to have known this wonderful woman of God! Mrs. Cottle loved the Lord and her family. I felt that she loved me too. There was an instant connection and we had so much in common. We talked about our Yorkies, teaching experiences, and ministry. Thank you for the positive impact you have had on my life and the lives of all who knew you! So thankful for the hope we have of life eternal with our Lord Jesus!
October 16, 2020
Dr. Cottle, I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Cottle’s (Mrs. Joanne) passing. May Father God cover you and your family with His peace that passes all understanding during this difficult time. She was one special lady, and I will miss our conversations💔💔💔
October 15, 2020
Ron,we are so sorry to hear of Joanne's passing,we prayed for your family yesterday at our bible study when Wylena told us.You will remain in our prayers. Mike andJean McBride