Lawrence Henry “Cotton” Voigt, 72, passed from this world on March 21, 2013, while on a trail ride in Prescott, Ariz. He suffered a heart attack while playing his guitar and sitting around a campfire with friends.
He was born to Henry M. and Myrtle Perry Voigt on March 22, 1940, in Lockhart, Texas. Cotton grew up in the Luling area and was blessed to be in a wonderful family, whom he loved with all his heart.
He graduated from Luling High School in 1958, and then became a member of the National Guard also in Luling. His love for music began at a young age. It was not long before he realized that he was a talented musician.
In 1959, at the age of 19, he, along with three of his good friends, began playing their music together and formed “The Moods,” which was a popular dance band in south Texas. Cotton was known as the “left-handed” bass player. This love of music helped pay his way for his secondary education where he attended the University of Texas Electronics School. He earned a degree in Electronics as a communications engineer.
He worked for 30 years in the cable and fiber optics industry for Morrell Industries and The Karnack Corporation, which was owned by Lady Bird Johnson, and then formed his own company known as LH Construction Company. It was at this time that he became a certified pilot.
After retiring, he began his trail riding days, which was his most enjoyable hobby. He traveled all over the United States, where he rode in many memorial and charity based trail rides. He made countless friends along the way.
Cotton is survived by his sisters, La Nell Hart, of Austin, and Carol Voigt, of Luling, as well as many cousins, aunts and uncles; his daughters, Krista Voigt, of College Station, and Pam Wick and husband, Bo, of Hallettsville; his grandchildren: James, Donny, and Elizabeth Hair, of College Station, and Amanda (Philip), Cole, Evan and Cullen Wick, of Hallettsville; and one great-grandchild, Brynleigh Elise.
Cotton was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Myrtle Voigt, his brothers Raymond Lavern (“R.L.”) and Michael Voigt, and brother-in-law, W.A. “Bill” Hart.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of The Moods, the Luling Class of 1958, and his trail riding friends.
Family will receive friends at McCurdy Funeral Home at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 1, 2013, with services following at 11 a.m. Graveside services will be held at the family cemetery in Pettytown.
Memorials may be made to the Luling Oil Museum or the donor’s choice.
Arrangements under the care and guidance of McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E. Pecan, Lockhart, Texas 78644, (512) 398-4791.