Born 11-1-1903 -- Died 2-2-2004
Beulah Cotton, 100, of North Little Rock died of a heart attack Feb. 2, 2004, at Baptist Health Center in North Little Rock. Born Nov. 1, 1903, in Ash Flat, Ark., she was the daughter of John H. and Dora Hall Estes.
Cotton was a member of Baring Cross Baptist Church where, until recently, she played the ukulele. She also played an electronic keyboard at her home even though she never took a music lesson for either instrument. Her musical interest began early in life when her family held folk singings on at the family home in Ash Flat.
Cotton married Joe Leftwich of Tennessee and they made their home in Ash Flat until their daughter was diagnosed with diabetes. They moved to North Little Rock to be closer to doctors. When Mr.Leftwich died and left Cotton to raise four children, she worked two jobs to make ends meet. She was a cafeteria cook and also a librarian. She was able to retire after she met and married Jimmy Cotton. He died in 1980.
Cotton celebrated her 100th birthday last November with family and friends at the Crooked Hook in Jacksonville where she loved to eat catfish.
Survivors include three sons -- Loyd M. Leftwich and his wife, Vineda, of Batesville, Billy R. Leftwich and his wife, Joyce, and B. Rayburn Leftwich and his wife, Mary Lou, all of North Little Rock; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four sisters -- Zora Brown of Horseshoe Bend, Fern Brown of Watsonville, Calif., Launita Southerd of Melbourne, and Betty Lou Benton of Glencoe; a brother, Calvin Estes of Mountain Home; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands; a daughter, Darlene Leftwich; and a sister, Lillian Tucker.
The funeral was Feb. 6 at Griffin-Leggett-Rest Hills Funeral Home with Dr. Marty Watson officiating. A graveside service was later that day at Wiles Cemetery in Ash Flat.