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Remembering Bert Stotts: He was wonderful carver


I was greatly saddened this morning when I saw the obituary for Bert Stotts.

As a child growing up at my father's store in Sparksville, Mr. Bert was a daily visitor and one of my Dad's favorite checker playing friends. Ironically, his passing was on what would have been my Dad's 86th birthday.

Mr. Bert not only was a great checker player, but he was also wonderful at carving miniature tools.

I have a board filled with his carvings that contains everything from miniature axes to a miniature muzzle loading rifle. He reluctantly sold this to me in 1991, shortly after my Dad passed away.

He said it was the one my dad wanted to buy, so he decided to sell it to me. It is now beautifully framed and is a cherished addition to my home.

The passing of Bert Stotts is also the passing of a generation that I will forever hold fondly in my childhood memories.

May he rest in peace.

s/Donita Loy-Hortillosa


This story was posted on 2008-04-19 10:59:42
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