Former Winston County Sheriff Elton “Cotton” Townsend passed away Friday evening, May 14. He had a long a distinguished career as Sheriff of Winston County from January 1971 through January 1987. He was the 3rd Democrat elected Sheriff in Winston County and the first to be elected to three consecutive terms. He was the only sheriff elected a total of four terms. He was loved and respected by many people. His funeral arrangements are listed by Nichols Funeral Home of Double Springs.