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Cottingham, Billy


Billy Jack Cottingham, of Dallas, Texas, age 82, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 with family by his side.

Billy was born in La Feria, Texas on May 14, 1938 to James Pipkin Cottingham and Birdie Kelly Cottingham.  He attended McAllen High School and graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.  Billy was a member of the U.S. Army National Reserve.

He married the love of his life, Annie Pollok on February 9, 1963 in San Antonio, Texas.  They were happily married for 57 years, with Billy often joking that “Anne deserves a medal of honor for putting up with me.”

Billy taught grade school while putting himself through college.  He moved his young family to Dallas in 1967 to continue an insurance career that ultimately evolved into owning an independent insurance agency.  Cottingham, Smith & Associates thrived for over 25 years with his long-time business partner and best friend, Jack Smith.  Later in life, Billy worked in the mortgage industry and for FEMA, which combined his love of helping people while using his Spanish language fluency.

Billy loved playing golf at Brookhaven Country Club, where he was a member for many years.  He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and sharing the great outdoors with the younger generation.  His many other interests included singing, reading, writing two books and being a student of World War II history, as well as having many guests for cookouts (which usually included his famous smoked brisket and homemade BBQ sauce). He was genuinely interested in the wellbeing of others, calling and visiting on a regular basis.  Being with his grandchildren and supporting their school and athletic activities gave Billy his greatest joy. He was always the first one in the stands and never missed a game.

Billy is survived by his wife, Annie, son John Cottingham and wife Melodie, daughter Elizabeth Schneider and husband Scott, and his beloved grandchildren, Margot and Bowen (Bo) Schneider.  He is also survived by sisters, Bee Bee Palmer and Georgia Needham and her husband Robert, as well as extended family including many brothers and sisters in-law, cousins, nephews and nieces.  He is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Betty Jean Miller, and brother, TR Cottingham.

A funeral mass will be held at 1:00pm on November 23, 2020 at St. Rita Catholic Church, 12521 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75244.  Masks mandatory and social distancing seating will be required.  The service will be available via live stream for those unable to attend.  A private family interment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas or Ursuline Academy of Dallas, TX in honor of Billy.

Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.

12 Thoughts on Cottingham, Billy
    georgia cottingham needham
    13 Oct 2022

    he is singing in the heavenly choir

    13 Oct 2022

    Vaya con dios Billy! We all love you and miss you. Will be expecting some new and interesting stories when we meet again.

    James Cottingham
    13 Oct 2022

    R I P UNCLE Billy Jack you were as genuine of a man as they come. You were full of life, funny and a joy to be around. Enjoy heaven you will be missed.

    bee bee palmer
    13 Oct 2022

    Always challenging my intelligence, badgering me when i had a date and he was 12 years old.

    Billy was a very intelligent man. We often spoke Spanish to one another and we laughed a lot.

    What else can i say? He was my brother.
    Con Carino

    Janus Palmer Alberts
    13 Oct 2022

    So many mems since childhood…esp since I came back to Dallas & we spend more time these years (I’m so grateful)
    BBQ, his book, researching stocks, FOOTBALL

    I will miss most the words he used to whisper to me….

    Even now, I can hear him

    Bradley Key
    13 Oct 2022

    RIP Uncle! Glad I made the Cottingham eating team at Thunderbird bar and grill! Thanks for the memories and love shared.

    Greg Jordan
    13 Oct 2022

    One of my favorite dads. Made my feel like part of his family. He had a lot of love for so many. Set a great example of what a dad should be. He was a dad to many. Mr. Cottingham you will be missed. Rest in my my dear friend.

    Robert Needham Jr.
    13 Oct 2022

    REST IN PEACE uncle Billy, you were a joy to be around and the family stories as they were told, are reflective and inspirational.

    stephen rex needham
    13 Oct 2022

    rest in peace uncle billy rex

    rachel b porter
    13 Oct 2022

    uncle billy you will be missed rachel

    Jeanne Henry
    13 Oct 2022

    Sending our sincere condolences and prayers to Mrs. Annie ,family and friends! May He Rest In Peace

    Patrick Schurr
    13 Oct 2022

    A man who was larger than life when growing up and became a dear friend as the years passed. He will be missed by many. Eternal rest grant to him O Lord and a perpetual shine upon him. May he and the souls of the faithfully departed Rest In Peace.

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Dear John,

It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Tha you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you.

Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad.

Love, The Gillilands


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