By Terry Harpole
MABEN — William Cotton was speaker at Maben Methodist Men’s breakfast
meeting on Feb. 24, which included the ladies of the church.
The meeting, at which the speaker was supposed to have been the Rev.
Andy Parrish, pastor of Hebron Baptist Church in Clay County, all
went on as usual.
Some time the day or night before, Parrish’s son, Josiah, had injured
his hand in an accident with a knife and at about the time of meeting
was in surgery in Jackson.
To William Cotton, or “Coach” William Cotton, filling in as speaker
at the last few hours was not a big deal or big job, as he is a Maben
High School graduate and former athlete of the school, and has held
jobs in several schools.
After retirement, Cotton worked awhile at Starkville Walmart in the
Automotive Department, but soon came out of retirement.
He is now on the staff at Hebron Christian School as football coach.
Cotton filled the group in about the programs and the mission of
Hebron Christian School, which began in the 1980s when the Rev.
Dickie Bryan was pastor of Hebron Baptist Church and served as
headmaster of the school.
Hebron Christian School, still today and since its beginning,
stresses quality education as well as Christian living.
All present enjoyed the program and enjoyed renewing acquaintances
with Coach William Cotton.