Golf 03

David James Cotton

July 12, 1948 ~ August 29, 2021 (age 73)

Obituary Image


David James Cotton passed away peacefully at his home in Murrell’s Inlet on August 29, 2021. He was the son of the late George and Dorothy Cotton. Dave was born on July 12, 1948 in Lancaster Pa., where he was raised and graduated from Penn Manor High School. He continued his education at Penn State University from where he is a proud graduate. Dave continued his graduate work at The University of Pennsylvania where he earned his Physical Therapy license. Dave bled blue and white. He enjoyed all Philadelphia sports but took a special liking to PSU football and the Eagles.

Dave loved his family, gardening, making and fixing things, as well as wood working. He spent countless hours in his workshop making, sanding, and staining pieces of furniture so that they were perfect. He enjoyed sharing his pieces with others and giving them as gifts. Dave grew to love umpiring shortly after his children started playing little league. Dave and his “umpire buddies” became family who could always count on each other, laughed together, loved to play cards and jokes on one another, and spent many days traveling.

In the beginning of his professional career Dave had his own Physical Therapy clinic, and later retired from Nova Care on Frankfort Ave., in Northeast Philadelphia, in 2013. He made lifelong friends with people that started as colleagues. Dave was dedicated to his job and all his patients, which he truly cared about. His main goal was to get his patients healthy so that they could get back to their life and enjoy the things that brought them happiness. He was a true professional.

In his spare time, Dave enjoyed playing chess, fishing, spending time in his garage, going out to eat with his wife, Barb, and spending time with his family. Dave was an avid golfer. The golf course is where he and Barb spent a gazillion happy days.

Survivors: Barbara Cotton (Williams) wife, Dustin and Carolyn Cotton (son and daughter-in law), Jaimie Blankley (daughter) Taylor and Zack Blankley, Lily Watsloff (grandchildren) Jenefer O’Malley and fiancé Brian Capwell (step-daughter and step son-in law), Kreig Williams (step-son), Kevyn O’Malley and Maera Williams (step-grandchildren), Dorothy Moser (sister), Jim and Tom Moser (nephews).

Donations can be made in David’s name to the American Cancer Society or the charity of the donors choice.

A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of David James Cotton will be held at the East Brandywine Baptist Church on October 23, 2021 at 11:00 am. The church is located at 999 Horseshoe Pike, Downingtown, PA 19335.  A reception will follow.

To view these details online or to offer words of comfort through the online guestbook, kindly visit the funeral home website at,

Burroughs Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet, (843.651.1440) is assisting the family with arrangements.


To send flowers to David's family, please visit our floral store.


You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family
© 2021 Burroughs Funeral Home & Cremation Services. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy