Thurlo Wayne “Cotton” Halford Sr., 82, of Batesville died Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

He was born June 15, 1938 in Gamaliel, Arkansas to William Sirrel Halford and Dollie Ann (Hathcock) Halford.

Cotton was a toolmaker for Boeing in Wichita, Kansas and had been a machinist for over 50 years. In 1993, he was the founder of TWH Enterprises. Cotton was a cattle rancher who loved horses and was an auctioneer. He was a Mason and a member of the Cave City Masonic Lodge. Cotton was always the life of the party and enjoyed family gatherings. He loved and was so proud of his family and enjoyed going to his grandkids’ sporting events.

Survivors include his wife, whom he married June 27, 1965, Nancy (Anika) Halford; three sons, T.W. Halford (Kristin), Justin Halford (Ruth), and Lance Halford, all of Southside; one daughter, Vonda Miley (Michael) of Southside; one sister, Louise Tilson of Tulsa, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren, Blaine French, Hannah Crowl, Brooke Halford, Devan Halford, Denisse Halford, Juliet Halford, Victoria Halford, Austin Halford, and Jeron Brewer; one great-grandchild, Sophie Grace Miley; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers are Blaine French, Trenton Tosh, Jared Tucker, Devan Halford, Greg Tilson, Paul J. Hudson, Genero Suarez, and Michael Reynolds.

Honorary pallbearers are Michael Miley, Keith Mize, James Roach, Jeron Brewer, Gary Don Tilson, Randall Mitchell, and Billy Cummings.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 2 p.m. at the Roller-Crouch Funeral Home in Batesville with Billy Sutton officiating. Burial will follow at Kyler Cemetery.

Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Independence/Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 2872, Batesville, AR 72503; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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