Aug. 15, 1983 – Sept. 12, 2021
Sharnwanicka Cotton Pittman, 38 of Amite, died Sept. 12, 2021, at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond.
Born Aug. 15, 1983, in McComb, she was the daughter of the late Wayne Cotton, and LaSharne Simmons Cotton.
Mrs. Pittman was an author, playwright, educator, multidimensional precentor and originator. She served as the band, theater, and choir director at Amite High School in Amite, LA. She was also the first black female band director / show choir director at Tylertown High School.
She was the CEO of My Destiny Ministries, S. Cotton Prodections, Nika’s Sweets and S&J Music Academy LLC. She had a passion for children.
She earned her bachelor of music degree from William Carey College. She was a band and choral director for more than 13 years. In 2018 she was awarded teacher of the year for her contributions to the student body.
She was also a recording artist, releasing her first album, “Brand New Day” in 2016, and her single, “At Zero,” in 2019. She even used a life altering battle with cancer to be an instrument of inspiration, as she was the author of “Fought till the Finish, a devotional for cancer survivors. Mrs. Pittman was a contributing author “Forged by Fire: Built God Tough,” “More Precious than Gems, She Knows Her Worth,” and “To Black Girls Everywhere: From: Your Aunties Everywhere.”
Survivors are her mother, LaSharne Cotton; mother-in-law, Nellie Pittman; brother, Steven Cotton of Milwaukee, WI; sister, Ketrice Keys (Curtis) of Bassfield; brother, Danny Cotton (LaShara) of Tylertown.
A graveside service was Sept. 18, 2021, at Magee’s Creek MBC Cemetery with Rev. Dr. George Coney rendering the eulogy and officiating, interment following.
Pallbearers were Nicholas Cotton, Kyron Cotton, Anthony Ratliff, Rodney Cotton, Kendrick Hilliard, Byron Cotton, Keavy Weary, Markee Jones, Billy Stewart, Rodney (Scooter) Cotton and Frederick Weary.
Honorary pallbearers were Danny Cotton, Joshua Cotton, Nickolas Cotton, Terrell Hudson, Steven Cotton, Curtis Keys Jr., Cameron Cotton and Kardel Lathers.
Washington Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.