Our Beloved Founder Macon T. Cotton, Jr Founder of Cotton Funeral Service; generous philanthropist who believed his community deserved 'only the best' Macon T. Cotton Jr., licensed funeral director and entrepreneur, quietly passed away on January 4, 2021, at his home in Forked River, N.J. Born in Paterson on September 30, 1938 and raised in Orange, N.J., Macon graduated from Orange High School and the American Academy of Mortuary Science in New York City. Coming from a family of funeral directors and working with his father and uncle, Macon set out to start his own business and to establish his legacy in 1970. He opened Cotton Funeral Service at 130 Lyons Avenue, Newark, N.J., in 1971. In 1977, he opened funeral services at 130 Main Street in Orange, N.J. Always believing that the community deserved "only the best," he opened a state-of-the-art facility at 1025 Bergen Street, Newark, N.J., in 2004 with a full service florist by the name of Scentiments. He continued to expand and in 2009, the Cotton Parker Funeral Home was dedicated to continue funeral service in Jersey City, N.J. Some of Mr. Cotton's professional memberships included the NFDA, the NJSFDA and the GSFDA. He was also a member of St. James Lodge No. 61 Free and Accepted Masons PHA for over 50 years. Involved in multiple aspects of community service, in 2003 "Echoes" Grief Counseling was established at 116 Main Street, Orange, N.J., to provide grief counseling to bereaved families free of charge. Recognized by many in the area, and receiving numerous awards for his philanthropic endeavors, on June 18, 2013, the street in front of the Orange funeral home was named Macon T. Cotton Jr. Plaza, in a ceremony presided over by Mayor Dwayne Warren. Macon T. Cotton Jr. is survived by his wife, Allyson Cotton; daughter, Karen Chaplin; son, Macon T. Cotton III; a host of grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and many other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Heart Transplant Department and the Dementia Society of America. The visitations will be as follows: Saturday, January 16th from 2 to 5 p.m. at Cotton Funeral Service, 130 Main Street, Orange, N.J., and Sunday, January 17th from 12 noon until 5 p.m. at Cotton Funeral Service, 1025 Bergen Street, Newark, N.J. Funeral Services will be private.