Geneva Louise (Beckett) Cotton Stone, 85, of Booneville, passed from this life on Friday, August 4, 2017 in her home in Booneville. She was born March 18, 1932 in the Barber community near Booneville to Roy Lee and Gertrude (Nelms) Beckett.
Louise will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all. She loved to laugh and joked with everyone around her. Music flowed through her veins, and even to the end, music revived her soul. She wrote hundreds of songs and poems, and she sang and played guitar from her teenage to her twilight years. As a young woman, she sang on the radio with her sister Lavada as the Beckett Sisters, and later, she was offered a recording contract. She turned it down because she would not leave her children since family was all important to her.
Louise was the baby of nine children and loved her brothers and sisters. She loved Mount Magazine and particularly Calico Mountain where her roots ran deep. She traveled the world as a military wife with her first husband, and they retired from the Army in 1968. They settled in Fort Smith where they raised their three children. Louise found love again at the age of 80 with Charles Stone who was her childhood sweetheart in Booneville. They married in 2012 and had five wonderful years together. She is now reunited with her parents, siblings and late husband Cotton. Louise was a member of the Freewill Baptist faith and was a member of the Flatrock Villagers Band and the Daughters of the American Revolution. The family would like to thank Peachtree Hospice for their loving care of Louise.
She is preceded in death by her husband A.J. Cotton; her parents before mentioned; sisters, Hester, Faye, Vera, Vangie, Irene and Lavada; brothers, W.C. “Dub” Beckett, and Ken Beckett.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 at Roberts Memorial Chapel in Booneville with burial in Corley Cemetery in the Corley Community near Paris, Arkansas, under the direction of Roberts Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday evening at Roberts Funeral Home.
She is survived by one daughter, Diane Beshears (Curtis) of Fort Smith; two sons, Douglas Paul Cotton (Judy) of Springdale, and Dennis Eugene Cotton (Rebecca) of Fort Worth, Texas; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Brad Price, Dennis Cotton, Doug Cotton, Luke Brammer, Mathew Cotton, and Alan Stone Jr.
Honorary Pallbearers will be James, David, and Alan Stone.
In lieu of flowers, donations to your local humane society would be appreciated as Louise loved cats and cared for many furry friends both domesticated and wild through the years.