Long Time Local Auto Parts Business Owner Passes

The longtime founder and owner of Glenn’s Auto Parts passed away this week.

Glenn D. Cottrell, age 94, of Watauga Drive, Boone, passed away Tuesday afternoon, February 26, 2019, at his home, according to his obituary from Hampton Funeral Service. 

Cottrell began selling auto parts shortly after his marriage in January 1949 and ran the business for 50 years before retiring and selling the business in 2002, his obituary goes on to say.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, March 2 at 12:00 o'clock at Perkinsville Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 11:00 until 12:00 o'clock. Reverend Seth Norris, Reverend Harold Bennett, and Reverend Michael Gragg will officiate. Military graveside rites and burial, provided by American Legion Post 130 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, will follow in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.

The family will receive friends Friday afternoon, from 5:00 until 7:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Service.

Online condolences may be sent to the Cottrell family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com


Full obituary from Hampton Funeral Home

Glenn was born September 28, 1924, a son of the late Lloyd F. Cottrell and Lillie Williams Cottrell. A Watauga County native, Glenn served in the Army in World War II. He began his service in August of 1943 and began his time in war within 30 days of finishing basic training. He served as a medic on the field.

Glenn was captured during battle just outside of Rome by German soldiers on October 17, 1944. He was taken to a camp at Moosburg, Germany, where he was held and made to serve in the labor camp. He was released on May 1, 1945 and returned to the states June 6, 1945.

Glenn married Jean Wilson of Meat Camp on January 1, 1949. When they married, he began selling auto parts. He built a part business that eventually became Glenn’s Auto Parts. Glenn enjoyed running his auto parts business for 50 years, retiring and selling the business in 2002.

Glenn was beloved by his many relatives, his church family at Perkinsville Baptist Church (where he served for many years in the choir and as a deacon), and his golfing buddies at Boone Golf Club.

He is survived by, two sons, David Cottrell and wife Kathy of Boone, and Travis Cottrell and wife Angela of Jackson, Tennessee; two daughters, Kathy Cottrell Younce and husband Jon of Granite Falls and Vickie Marsh and husband Lesley of Boone; seven granddaughters, Molly Zimmer and husband Daniel of Mooresville, Casey Gragg and husband Michael, Betsy Krause and husband Matt and Jennifer Klutz and husband Jason, all of Boone, Jamie Marsh Baskett and husband Dusty of Raleigh, Ashley Eller and husband Daniel of Charlotte and Lily Kate Cottrell of Jackson, Tennessee; seven grandsons, Sam Cottrell of Raleigh, Scott Johnson and wife Christen of Nashville, Tennessee, Jack and Levi Cottrell, both of Jackson, Tennessee, Israel Laws and wife Ashton of Forest City, North Carolina, Ray Younce and wife Nicole of Granite Falls, and Jon Younce of Charlotte, and one sister-in-law, Ava Lee Cottrell of Winston-Salem. He is also survived by fifteen great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Wilson Cottrell; one brother, James H. Cottrell; one sister, Mary Frances Cottrell; five sisters-in-law, and three brothers-in-law.

Funeral services for Glenn D. Cottrell will be conducted Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 12:00 o'clock at Perkinsville Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 11:00 until 12:00 o'clock. Reverend Seth Norris, Reverend Harold Bennett, and Reverend Michael Gragg will officiate. Military graveside rites and burial, provided by American Legion Post 130 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, will follow in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.

The family will receive friends Friday afternoon, from 5:00 until 7:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Service.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to the Perkinsville Baptist Church Beyond Campaign, 274 Jefferson Highway, Boone, North Carolina, 28607, or to Medi Home Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 102, Boone, North Carolina, 28607.

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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