James “Jim” Vencil Cottrell


    James “Jim” Vencil Cottrell of Sullivan, Missouri was born in Steelville, Missouri on March 19, 1950 to Arlie “Vencil” and Myrtle “Alline” (Harris) Cottrell and passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at the age of 72 years.


    He was raised in Steelville and graduated from Steelville High in 1968. During his senior year of high school, Jim broke the record for shot put and discus and held that record for many decades. He became a Christian at a young age and served the Lord all of his life.
    Jim married Janice Lynne Cockman on January 17, 1970.
    Jim succeeded at owning/operating Cottrell Tire & Glass for 10 years. He was employed by Wonder Bread for 16 years, and retired from Flowers Bread in 2015, after nine years of service as a route supervisor.
    Jim was very community minded and loved serving the communities of Steelville and Sullivan, Missouri. He was very instrumental in establishing the Steelville Fire District, and even served as Chief of the Steelville Volunteer Fire Department. Jim also served as a deacon at Steelville and Sullivan Assembly of God Churches.  
    He was preceded in death by his great grandson, Marvel Dishman; parents, Vencil and Alline Cottrell; one sister, Karen Wynn; and one brother-in-law, Buck Martin.
    He is survived by his wife, Janice Cottrell of Sullivan, Missouri; three children, Rebecca Callahan and husband LeRoy of Sullivan, Missouri, Ronald Cottrell and wife Andrea of Eureka, Missouri and Dale Cottrell and wife Alyssa of Sullivan, Missouri; 11 grandchildren, Amanda Braun and husband Darrel of Union, Missouri, Samantha Dishman and husband Kenny of Sullivan, Missouri, Nick Callahan of Leasburg, Missouri, Beau Kick of Sullivan, Missouri, Kayla Anderson and husband Jeremey of Sullivan, Missouri, Amanda Tod and husband Jordan of Sullivan, Missouri, Lucas Cottrell and wife Teagan of North Carolina, Austin Frye of Sullivan,  Missouri and Hayden, Haley and Jackson Cottrell, all of Eureka, Missouri; six great grandchildren, Adaline, Finnley, Harper, Erin, Henry, and Aiden; one brother, Doug Cottrell and special friend Jennifer Bayless of Steelville, Missouri; two sisters, Cleta Martin of Sullivan, Missouri and Rhonda Farris and husband Bill of Sullivan, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was held from 4:30-8 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 2022 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, Missouri.
    Services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at First Assembly of God Church in Sullivan, Missouri with Pastors Sean Adams and Leroy Wiese officiating.
    Interment followed in the Steelville Cemetery.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Sullivan, Missouri.