Eldon “Cotton” Connel, 83 of Fort Stockton, entered into eternal rest on July 21, 2017 at Pecos County Memorial Hospital. He was born on October 7, 1933 to Ralph Connel and Effie Stephens. He is preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Effie Connel, and his wife Jean Connel. He is survived by four grand children, Stephanie Stevens (Roger) of San Angelo, Colby Jones (Courtney) of Fort Stockton, and Mike Jones (Pamela) of Iraan; and three great-grandchildren, Paige Bryson of Odessa, Connie Jones of Fort Worth, Jolie Jones of Tennessee, and Vanessa Duncan (Casey) of Odessa. He served our country with the United States Army, and was a truck driver for many years. His graveside service was held July 26, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Ector County Cemetery in Odessa. Graveside was officiated by Darryl Scott.