Everett Lee Botts, Jr., son of the late Everett Lee Botts, Sr., and Viola Allen Botts, was born Dec. 16, 1923, at Birmingham, Ala., and died in the John J. Pershing V.A. Medical Center in Poplar Bluff on Wednesday, June 29, 2005, at the age of 81.
Mr. Botts was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving on the United States Nevada. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a member of the D.A.V. #47 of Dexter, Scottish Rite of Dexter, York Rite of Cape Girardeau, Masonic Lodge #547 of Bernie, Eastern Star of #311 of both Dexter and Bernie, and a member of the United Methodist Church of Bernie.
He was united in marriage to Sally Loreda White on Aug. 1, 1987, at Huntington Beach, Calif. Mrs. Botts survives of the home in Bernie.
Besides his wife, survivors include three daughters, Connie Tognoli of Fallbrook, Calif., Gail Moore of Moreno Valley, Calif., and Bette Jo Greene of Temecula, Calif.; one step-daughter, Anita Gail Baker of Pagosa Springs, Calif.; two step-sons, Lynn R. Crandall of Oklahoma and Larry R. Crandall of Fountain Valley, Calif.; one brother, Jack Botts of Moreno Valley, Calif.; two sisters, Bonnie Jean Hill of Raleigh, N.C., and Rosemary Beasley of North Carolina; 22 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death other than by his parents by one son, Robert Botts; and one brother, Albert Botts.
A memorial service will be conducted at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Bernie at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2005, with Rev. Susan Marner-Sides officiating.
A committal service will be conducted at 10 a.m. July 5, 2005, at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.