Kelly Thompson Cottingham

September 29, 1968February 1, 2019

Kelly Thompson Cottingham, age 50, died peacefully in Conroe Texas on Friday, the 1st of February 2019, surrounded by his family and close friends. He was born in Houston Texas on the 29th of September 1968, to his loving parents Almeria Thompson Cottingham and Charles Daniel “Chuck” Cottingham Jr.

Kelly was 6’8” and a gentle giant with a hilarious sense of humor, who never met a stranger. He was generous, easy-going, fun-loving and left a permanent mark on everyone that knew him. Kelly’s storied educational career started at Mrs. Awty’s preschool in Houston, Second Baptist School, then off to Eaglebrook School in Deerfield Massachusetts. He came back home to Houston to attend and be a part of the first graduating class of Episcopal High School in Bellaire, Texas. He continued his education in Austin at the University of Texas, where he earned a BBA degree.

Kelly was an entrepreneur and private investor in several successful startups including a record label, a saltwater aquarium company and a commercial sign company. Following in the footsteps of his father, Kelly also spent a lot of time learning the art of commodities trading. He had a tireless work ethic and a heart of gold that made a difference in many lives, especially in the recovery community. Kelly loved his family, his daughter, his friends, music, cooking and riding his motorcycle across the beautiful Texas landscape.

He is preceded in death by his father Charles D. “Chuck” Cottingham Jr. and his brother Charles D. “Danny” Cottingham III. Kelly is survived by his mother Almeria Thompson Cottingham, his daughter Haley McKay Cottingham, his sister Leila Cottingham Thorne, his brother Michael Buchanan Cottingham (Kerry Beth), and three nephews, Mason, Stephen and Nicholas.

A memorial service is to be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Thursday, the 7th of February, at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road in Houston, where the Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr., Rector, is to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception to be held in the adjacent Bagby Parish Hall.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that memorial contributions be made through: The Council on Recovery, Attn: Judy Johnson, P.O. Box 2768, Houston, TX 77252 ( (713) 942-4100.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, February 7, 2019

Kelly Thompson Cottingham

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Taylor Golden

February 11, 2019

Kelly was the best step dad ever he was the next best thing to having my dad around I am forever grateful for all that he did and sacrifised for me and my brother and our children and everybody else he so loved and wanted more than anything for all to be happy and have peace in their lives

Lana Warren

February 4, 2019

We will never think of Kelly without picturing that beautiful smile on his face. Every mental image we have of him is that of an engaging, gregarious and joyous man. We had the pleasure of making a few group motorcycle trips with him, enjoying fully the best of sobriety during those days.

Gods peace to his loved ones at this time of such great loss.

Ed and Lana Warren

Sue Reynolds

February 3, 2019

Prayers for The Cottingham Family !!
Kelly was a Wonderful Son In Law To My Husbandand & I, He was well mannered and very Thoughtful and Caring for others!!I was So Happy for Kelly and Dmitri when they were married, When I first met Kelly I told my husband That man has manners and you can tell he was raised right..I just fell In love with my Son In Law from there on!! He Will Never
Be Forgotten!! Rest In Peace Kelly!!

Momma (Sue) & Jim Reynolds