James Otis Cosby, 84, of Crossett, passed from this life on April 14, 2022, at his home, surrounded by family.
He was born February 21, 1938, in Camden to John Otis and Ailene (Cooper) Cosby. He was a graduate of Warren High School, Arkansas A&M (now UAM), and the University of Mississippi, with a succession of science degrees. He also studied at universities in Fairbanks, Alaska, Weatherford, Oklahoma, and South Alabama.
A lifelong, born and inspiring educator, he taught high school science for twenty-eight years with the Crossett Public Schools and another fifteen in Springhill, Louisiana. His gift for teaching young people and infecting them with his love of science, shaped generations and serves as a lasting legacy.
He was a member of Crossett First United Methodist Church. In 1976, he founded Cosby’s Greenhouse and Garden center, a Crossett institution currently operated by his son, Kevin.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Herbert Eugene Cosby of Camden and sister, Marilyn Kay York of Warren.
He is survived by his beloved wife and partner of fifty-six years, Rebecca Marie (McConnell) Cosby; son, John David and wife Alicia of Frederick, MD; daughter, Catherine Marie of Little Rock; and son, James Kevin and wife Tammy of Crossett; eight grandchildren, Erica Danielle Jones, Jonathan Blake Carraway, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Cosby, Laura Ailene Cosby, James Dillon Cosby, Evan Lee Cosby, Reese Etoy Cosby, and Kinsley Marie Cosby; three stepgrandchildren, Ethan, Micah, and Jonah; and five great-grandchildren, Nova, Ally, Jaden, Tate, and Blake. His family was his joy.
A Celebration of James’s Life will be held Monday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 500 Main Street, in Crossett. Revs. Matt Daniels and Toby Austin, and Pastor Keith Boseman, will officiate. Interment will be at Pinewood Memorial Park in Crossett as soon as cemetery conditions improve. The service will be recorded (not live-streamed) and uploaded onto the Medders Funeral Home website and facebook page following the service.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the church prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family is establishing the James Cosby Memorial Scholarship fund for Crossett High School students seeking to study science in college. They request contributions be made to the fund, care of Timberline Federal Credit Union.