Becky Clay Riddle Cotton

by Lynn McMillen
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Becky Clay Riddle CottonBecky Clay Riddle Cotton, born in Alexander City, died peacefully in her home in Huntsville on September 12, 2023 with her family lovingly by her side.

Becky was the daughter of William N. Riddle and Jean Edger Riddle (both deceased) and sister of Susan Robinson. She was the loving wife of Danny Paul Cotton (deceased), and a devoted mother to her son, William Elijah Cotton. Becky will be remembered for her thoughtful, caring nature, her resilience, her sense of humor, and her appreciation of the simple pleasures in life.

Becky was raised in Huntsville, Alabama, where she attended Butler High School. She studied Political Science and Public Relations at University of Alabama, and met many lifelong friends in Tuscaloosa. In 1987, Becky married the love of her life, Danny. They lived in Jackson, Mississippi, where their son Will was born. After Danny passed away in 1993, Becky and Will moved back to Huntsville; she raised Will independently, taking great care to give him access to every opportunity she could, and encouraging him to pursue his dreams.

Becky served the community as director of the Madison County Legislative Office for 28 years. She was passionate about her work and cared deeply for the people of North Alabama. She was particularly proud of the legislative office’s support for local organizations; she took great care in nurturing Madison County nonprofits and helping them navigate local resources.

Becky is survived by her sister Susan Riddle Robinson (husband Thomas D. Robinson), her son William Elijah Cotton (wife Brídín Clements Cotton), and her stepdaughter Brittany Swain (husband Dru Swain and children Susan, Jackson, and Sawyer).

The family would like to thank the kind teams at Huntsville Hospital and Hospice Family Care for the care and support given to Becky in her final days. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 15 from 5:00-7:00pm at Berryhill Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crisis Services of North Alabama (, a crisis response organization for which Becky cared deeply.

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