Ms. Sequoia Chamon Cotton, 26, was born in Charleston, S.C., on June 2, 1996, to the late Bobby Alphonso Cotton and Celeste Lynn Lopez Cotton. She departed this life on Saturday, December 24, 2022, in Statesville, N.C.

Sequoia was affectionately known as “Poodie” by her family and friends. She graduated from Statesville High School with the Class of 2014 and was employed at Outback Steakhouse. She was baptized at Piney Grove AME Zion Church, and she loved to “fire dance” and play games.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Beneva Lopez; aunt, Stephanie Cotton Allison; June and Jonah; and Oaklynn.

She leaves to cherish the memory of her life, her mother, Celeste Lynn Lopez Cotton; grandmother, Mary Cotton of Statesville; one brother, Zaquaze ”Zae” Cotton of Statesville; four sisters, Camille Cotton of Mooresville, Ebony Dawkins of Fayetteville, Taliah Wilson of Statesville, and Becky Kennerly of Red Springs, N.C.; aunts and uncles, Montell (Vera) Walker of Green Bay, Wis., Albert (Linda) Burrus of Chicago, Ill., Venila Webb of Jacksonville, Fla., Maria Sykes of Memphis, Tenn., Eliza (James) King of Memphis, Tenn, Loniel Lopez of Chicago, Ill., Shelia Kennedy of Jacksonville, Fla., Yolanda (Fred) Jackson of Memphis, Tenn., Sharon (Richard) Cain, Joyce (Ronnie) Chambers, Monica Kinney of Statesville, Rodney (Chenille) Garner, Michael Cotton of Concord, and Kassana (Anthony) Cotton of Statesville; three nieces, NeKyla Heaggans, Asia Cotton, and Aleysa Herneday; a nephew, Syncere Heaggans; her dog, Vicious, of the home; special friend, Olivia Rosetta Smitherman; and a host of other family members and friends.

Celebration of Life services are incomplete at this time.

Visit the Book of Memories for Ms. Cotton at

Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Cotton family.

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