George William “Bill” Cottom III, 71, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Abilene.

He was born Feb. 19, 1942, in Enid, Okla., to George William Cottom II and Norma Kay (Lovely) Cottom. On Sept. 10, 1986, he was married to Reta Mae Tubbs in Brady, Texas. He was a heavy equipment operator for more than 30 years.

He is survived by his mother, Norma Kay Cottom; his wife, Norma Kay Cottom; a son, George William “Billy” Cottom and wife, Heather; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three step sons and a step daughter; and 11 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, George William Cottom II; and his grandson, Jerry Ray Estes.

Leatherwood Memorial Chapels in Brady is in charge of arrangements.