Hyram Coulter Cotton Jr.

September 24, 1935March 4, 2018
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Hyram Coulter Cotton, Jr. was born on September 24, 1935 and was escorted to heaven by his Lord and Savior on Sunday March 4, 2018.

Hyram was born in Wink, Texas to Hyram Coulter (Doc) Cotton, Sr. and Ruth Elizabeth Cotton. Hyram attended San Marcos Baptist Academy, where he graduated in 1953. He also attended Midland College. Hyram entered the United States Army in May of 1958. Hyram became an Odessa Fire Fighter in November 1964 and retired in December 1994 at the rank of Senior Captain. He was with the Odessa Fire Department for 30 years and was one of the first paramedics in the OFD. He was a Mason and a former member of the Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang.

Many words can be used to describe Hyram such as fun-loving, funny and dedicated. He would give you the shirt off of his back to make you feel comfortable. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family. Hyram was a die-hard Permian fan. Football, of course, was his favorite sport to watch, but he enjoyed all sports that his sons were involved in.

Hyram is survived by his wife of 58 years, Yvonne Cotton, his children, grandchildren and extended family: Son, Hyram Coulter (Jack) Cotton III and grandson Jackson Coulter “Cole” Cotton. Son, James Thomas Cotton and his wife Amye, and grandsons Jarret Thomas Cotton and Justen Tyler Cotton. Son, Jason Scott Cotton and his girlfriend Lura Kirkland. Daughter, Lisa Elaina and her husband Harold Salmon, grandson Coulter Salmon and his wife Kelsey, and great grandson Levi Salmon. Also included in his extended family, is his brotherhood of firefighters and friends.

A Memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 11:00a.m. Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors 4635 Oakwood Dr. Odessa, Texas 79761, with Chaplin Gary Kennedy officiating. Hyram is preceded in death by his parents Hyram “Doc” and Ruth Cotton. Two of the three triplet brothers Louis and Thomas Cotton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to San Marcos Baptist Academy or the Odessa Fire Department in honor of Hyram Cotton, Jr.


  • Jason Cotton, Son
  • Jack Cotton, Son
  • Jim Cotton, Son
  • Lisa (Daughter), Daughter
  • Yvonne Cotton, Wife
  • Hyram Coulter, Son
  • Jack Cotton III, Son
  • Jackson Cole Coulter Cotton, Grandson
  • James Thomas (Ayme) Cotton, Son
  • Jarret Thomas Cotton, Grandson
  • Justen Tyler Cotton, Grandson
  • Jason Scott (Lura Kirkland) (Girlfriend) Cotton, Son
  • Lisa (Harold Salmon) Elaina, Daughter
  • Coulter (Kelsy) Salmon, Grandson
  • Levi Salmon, Great Grandson


  • Memorial Service Thursday, March 8, 2018

Hyram Coulter Cotton Jr.

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Dixie Tomlinson (need Park)

March 8, 2018

We called him "Cotton" at San Marcos! He was one of my best buddies and not a "boyfriend" . I had relatives in Denver City and during my high school years I spent most of every Christmas holiday there with my great-grandmother and aunt and uncle who lived on a lease south of town. Cotton and I had fun out in West Texas and I always felt happy and safe with him riding around the lease or headed to New Mexico where we could buy beer! After my relatives died and I went on to college at UT and work in Houston I lost track of Cotton and failed to keep up a correspondence. I grew up in Colombia and Venezuela and that is why I was at SMA - no good American high schools in Caracas. There were quite a few of us who flew back and forth each year. I wish I had kept up with Cotton. I do miss Texas and was thrilled when my daughter invited me to go to Texas last May for a week - we drove from Wichita Falls to Houston and I got a good dose of Texas after living in Miami FL for 51 years! Dixie Park Tomlinson - God bless. 6901 Altamira St., Coral Gables FL 33146



      “Anything is possible.” That is what Hyram Coulter Cotton Jr. believed about life. He was a creative man, a perpetual inventor, who seemed to be able to find a solution for any difficulty confronting him. He had faith in his ability to find those solutions. Hyram thoroughly enjoyed understanding how things worked. He possessed an inquisitive, confident, and rational nature matched with a versatile and agile mind. Hyram was a person who believed that he could achieve whatever he set out to do.

       His parents were Hyram Cotton Sr. and Ruth Griffin. He showed his ingenuity even as a child. When he was confronted with a problem, Hyram could develop an imaginative solution, and he derived satisfaction from knowing he had that ability.

      As a born inventor, Hyram was definitely in his element in his work place. He could easily create new and innovative systems, and incorporate those changes to bring a fresh approach to any work situation. Hyram was a focused worker with a strong drive for achievement. He could assess all of the options before him and, using his analytical skills, could comfortably find answers that no one else had even considered. His personal initiative inspired those around him. Hyram was always good at getting a project started and then, at the appropriate time, handing it on to a colleague. His primary occupation was Fire Captain. Hyram always made an effort to be a team player, doing what needed was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Hyram's “never say die” attitude and his ability to face any challenge no matter how difficult it might be were tremendous assets that Hyram carried with him into the military. Hyram was an Army Veteran.

       Services were held at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Directors.

      During his lifetime, nothing appeared impossible to Hyram. He met the words “it can’t be done” with the enthusiastic challenge of a “wanna bet” attitude. Hyram was able to recognize the possibilities a new idea held, even when those around him could not. For Hyram, the traditional way of doing things fell short of his expectations, especially if there were original and untested methods for handling a challenge. For Hyram Coulter Cotton Jr., the fun of living his life could be found in the challenge.