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Cottrell Pounders

Cottrell PoundersFuneral services for Cottrell “Grant” Pounders, age 91 of Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Mount Vernon, were in September.

Mr. Pounders was born the first of two children to Cottrell Grant Pounders and Arlue Ivory Pounders on Aug. 7, 1922 in Titus County.  At the age of ten, his mother died and he and his sister, Hazel Frances Hargraves, were raised by their aunt, Emma Lee Blackshere of Mount Vernon. Mr. Pounders joined the United States Navy in 1942, where he served as a cook until he was honorably discharged in 1946. He met Geraline Yvonne Gregg in Dallas and they were married on May 19, 1946.
The couple vacationed in Los Angeles, Calif. and Mr. Pounders applied for and received a job as a cook at the VA Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif. He worked at the hospital for many years while maintaining several rental properties he owned. He began work for the Los Angeles Department of Public Works in 1956 and retired after 29 years of service on Nov. 16, 1985. He was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Los Angeles.
He died Saturday, Sept. 7. He was preceded in death by his mother, his sister, a daughter, Arnell Pounders Barrett, and a grandson, Andrew Pounders.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Yvonne Gregg Pounders of Los Angeles; three sons and their spouses, Cottrell Pounders, III of Dallas, Stanley and Rose Pounders of Dallas, and Kary “Bill” Dexter, eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, five nieces and four nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.