Robert H. Stotts, Jr. (Bob) was born in Kansas City, Mo. on June 29, 1930
to Robert Stotts and Erma Fanning Stotts. When he was 3, his family moved
to Dallas. He played sand lot baseball where he and several other boys
were coached by the man who became the coach of Adamson High School's
baseball team. This team won three of the four years of the American Legion's
tournaments. Upon graduation from Adamson, Bobby went to Baylor University
where he met Wanda Baker, his sweetheart until his death.
After three years of college, Bobby signed to play professional baseball
with the then Brooklyn Dodgers. He was drafted and gave his two years
to Uncle Sam. The Korean Conflict ended just as Bobby completed his training
in Officer's Candidate School. Instead of accepting his commission
as a Second Lieutenant, he chose to return to Baylor University to earn
his bachelor's degree. He accepted a job with Stanolind of Indiana
who sent him to Odessa, Texas. When computers were introduced to the business
world, computer programmers were needed, so Bob was transferred to Tulsa
to learn a new profession. He eventually became a Manager in the Information
Services department of what was by then Amoco Production Co.
Bob and Wanda found pleasure in several activities such as golf, camping,
water skiing, square dancing, snow skiing, and traveling. Their travels
included all fifty states, all of the Southern Canadian Provinces, Mexico,
several European Countries, and quite a few cruises. After Bob retired
in 1979, he resumed playing duplicate bridge. He and Wanda enjoyed traveling
to play in bridge tournaments. He acquired enough Master points to reach
the level of Gold Life Master.
He lost his battle with cancer and Alzheimer's Sunday, September 28,
2014. He is survived by: his wife of 63 years; two sons, Larry Stotts
(Tulsa) and David Stotts (Albuquerque); three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren;
and a sister, Jackie Merriman (Ft. Worth); Also, his wonderful friends
from camping, square dancing, and traveling buddies, Richard and Darlene
Baker, and Claude and Ellie Oyler.
Bob had a deep and sincere love of the Lord. He and Wanda joined Asbury
United Methodist Church in 1968 and were charter members. Funeral services
will be held at Mason Chapel at Asbury Church at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday,
October 1, 2014.