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Bill "Cotton" Dunn, 79, PGA Golf Professional died Oct. 7 in Plano, TX. He was born Nov. 9, 1937 to C.L. and Leona Dunn in Visalia, CA. They returned to Ada and Duncan, OK. Recognized early as a gifted athlete, he was a member of the Duncan High School three-time State Championship golf team. In 1955 Cotton was both the Oklahoma and USGA Junior National Champion (beating Jack Nicklaus). That same year he competed on the Junior USA Team that beat the British in Ryder Cup format. As the first person in his family to go to college, he started his collegiate golf career at the Univ. of Houston and went on to be an NCAA All American and Long Drive Champion at Oklahoma State, where he graduated with an accounting degree in 1961. While in the US Army stationed at Fort Sill, OK, Cotton continued competing and won the Post Golf Championship. He married his college sweetheart, Jerry Ann Lewis, and they recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. After two years at Texaco Oil Co. as a jr. accountant, golf became Cotton's true career path. He competed on the PGA Tour, was a teaching and playing pro at the Apawamis Club, in Rye, NY, and enjoyed thirteen years as the Director and Head Professional at Kernwood Country Club in Salem, MA. before working as the Head Pro at the Hamlet Country Club, in Del Ray Beach, FL. Cotton retired from the golf business after 25 years at Prestonwood Country Clubs, in Dallas, TX. He was an active PGA member, a premier tournament competitor and Long Drive Champion, a skilled instructor, rules expert, mentor, and proud ambassador of the game of golf. Cotton believed in growing the sport and initiated junior golf programs throughout his long career. Over the years he was honored by his peers wit h a Distinguished Service Award, the Pro of the Year, and the Duncan Athletes Hall of Fame. Cotton lived the American dream with a dustbowl beginning growing into a seemingly unending list of accomplishments achieved through perseverance, diligence, and fair play. Cotton' s philosophy of life is: "if you hit a ball out of bounds, tee up another, and swing!" Cotton was a man among men, smart with a commanding presence and unmatched generosity. He is survived by his wife, Jerry Ann, two daughters, Sonya Hodson (Jim) and Marianne Hailey, four grandchildren, Hayley and Jonathan Hodson and Holt and Ben Calder, two sisters, Joanne Gallup and Mary Daggs, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A "celebration of life" memorial service will be Sunday, Oct. 15, at 3 pm in the Faith Chapel at Prestonwood Baptist Church at 6801 W. Park Blvd., Plano, Tx. 75093 with a reception following.
Contributions may be sent to Prestonwood Christian Academy's Mission Scholarships at the address above or your favorite charity.
Published on October 11, 2017
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