Never saying a single word through any of his appearances, Cotton is the younger brother of Stymie Beard, and much like Farina and Mango before him, he pretty much exists just to be chased after by Stymie and distract him and the gang around him. He appears at Dickie Moore's party with cake in Birthday Blues, follows Joe Cobb and Farina fishing in Fish Hooky and hangs round Stymie when Wally Albright and the gang get together to build a fire engine in Hi'-Neighbor!. Spanky, just barely a few years older than he, is left with watching him in Forgotten Babies, and in A Lad An' A Lamp, Cotton is seemingly turned into a monkey by a vaudeville magician much like Mango in Chicken Feed a few years earlier. Thankfully, Spanky finds Cotton and watches over him until Stymie catches up.
- Cotton was played by Bobbie Beard, the real-life brother of Matthew Beard, who was joined by his sisters Carlena Beard and Betty Jane Beard.
- Matthew Beard was the one who came up with the name "Cotton" for Bobbie in the series.