At one point, Cottrell was in the dry goods and general merchandise business with several Moran relatives including Benjamin D. Irvine, Stephen Preston Scott and George Scott Boyd. According to the death announcement in the Dresden Enterprise he retired from that business and became the president of the Weakley County Bank. I'm sure he and J.W. Moran had much in common since J.W.Moran also started out in dry goods and branched out into banking with the Dresden Bank!
Biography of the Charles W. Cottrell family taken from The History of Weakley County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed in 1887:
"Sudden Death. The entire populace of Dresden was shocked on last Saturday night shortly after 7 o'clock to learn that Mr. C.W. Cottrell had very suddenly expired at his home. Mr. Cottrell had been at the bank all day and apparently in robust health, but was taken suddenly ill that evening and expired in ten minutes time. Dr. Baxter, his half brother, arrived a few minutes before he died and administered medical aid. Mr. Cottrell came to this county from North Carolina overland with his parents when he was six years of age, and has resided here ever since. for a number of years, he engaged in the mercantile business here and enjoyed a very extensive patronage, but retired in 1896 and devoted his entire time to the presidency of the Weakley County Bank, one of the strongest financial institutions in the county, to the time of his demise. He was a man of few words and slow to express an opinion on current questions; he attended strictly to his own affairs. He had gained what earthly possessions he had by hard toil and shrewd management, and was at the time of his death one of the wealthiest men of the county. A large number of prominent and influential men from this and many adjoining counties attended his funeral Sunday afternoon. He leaves, besides an aged wife, a sister, Mrs. Bettie Freeman, of Paris, and a half brother, Dr. G.I. Baxter of Dresden. There were no children. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at the residence by Rev. Russell. Interment took place at Dresden cemetery."
Charles Cottrell and his wife Mary E. Johnson Cottrell are interred at Sunset Cemetery. In addition, his mother Catherine Hicks Cottrell Baxter Ross and half brother George Isaac Baxter are there as well.