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First woman to serve on Jefferson City Council dies

POSTED: November 22, 2008 5:00 a.m.

JEFFERSON — The first woman to serve on the Jefferson City Council passed away Monday.

Janie Tolbert Cotton, 81, of Jefferson died Monday.

Born in Clarke County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie Tolbert and the late Ruby Dalton Tolbert. She was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Good News Christian Church in addition to her role as a city councilwoman. Cotton served with the Girl Scouts of American and helped for the first Cub Scout troop. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Cotton; brother, Nelson Tolbert; and sister, Doris Doster.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Renata Cotton of Watkinsville and Mike and Carol Cotton of Athens; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday from the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with Minister Tom Plank and the Rev. Marv Westfall officiating. Interment will follow in the Woodbine Cemetery in Jefferson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Georgia, 3715 Northside Parkway, 400 Northcreek, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30327.



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