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Obituary: Bert Stotts, 98, World War II veteran


Mr. Stotts was an honored citizen of the Sparksville area, a member of a large, respected family. He was a member of the Antioch United Methodist Church, a retired farmer, and a legend in the game of checkers, a game in which he excelled to within the last few years of his life

Bert Stotts, 98, 374 Bird Road, Columbia, KY, a beloved citizen of the Sparksville Community, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2008, at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, KY, after several weeks illness.

The funeral service will be Sunday, April 20, 2008, at 2:00pmCT, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY, with Rev. Lonny Karnes and Rev. Darrell Landis the officiating clergy.

He was April 6, 1910, the son of the late Frank and Geneva Campbell Stotts of Adair County, KY.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Stotts, on May 10, 1989.

He is survived by the following:
  • Two step daughters: Zelma Fudge, Columbia, KY; and Lucille Stotts, Russell Springs, KY

  • One sister: Vance Jones, Chicago, IL

  • Four step grandchildren and eight step great grandchildren

  • And by several nieces and nephews and a host of friends
He was preceded in death by 15 brothers and sisters.

Mr. Stotts was a member of the Antioch United Methodist Church, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and a retired farmer.

Mr. Stotts was also recognized as the premier checker player at the Flat Woods store and for a wide area area of Kentucky. It was a game he loved, and would readily face--and beat--well known opponents from up to hundreds of miles a way who showed up to at the store to challenge him. He always answered the telephone summons, when called at his home. His competitive nature was an inspiration to all who knew him.

Interment will be in Antioch Cemetery at Sparksville, KY.

The family requests visiting after 5:00pmCT, Saturday, April 19, 2008, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, Columbia, KY.

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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