The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


June 19, 2012

The Rev. William S. Shotts

PITTSFIELD — The Rev. William S. Shotts, 86, of Pittsfield, died Sunday, June 17, 2012, at his home in Pittsfield, surrounded by his loving family.

Rev. Shotts was born Dec. 6, 1925, in Marshall, the son of Seth and Goldie Simpson Shotts.

He married Norma H. Carroll, Dec. 8, 1946, in Marshall. She survives.

Rev. Shotts, an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, pastored various churches in Illinois for 45 years. After retiring in 1998, Rev. Shotts served as the visitation pastor at the Church of the Nazarene in Pittsfield and was appointed as interim pastor at the Church of Nazarene in Barry. He continued in these capacities until his death.

In addition to his wife, Norma, he is survived by three children and their spouses, William E. and Linda Shotts of Pleasant Hill, Pamela H. and Robert Stevens of Wamego, Kan., recently of Louisiana, Mo., and the Rev. Stephen A. and Janice Shotts of Brighton. Seven grandchildren and their spouses survive: Bryan L. and Erica Shotts of Voluntown, Conn., Christopher J. and Anita Shotts of Pittsfield, Melanie A. and Jon Robert Burdick of Estes Park, Colo., Staci L. and Sammuel Smock of Wamego, Kan., Amanda B. and Jon Espina of San Diego, Calif., Kerri Shotts of Brighton, and Melinda L. and Christopher Scott of North East, Md., in addition to 13 great-grandchildren: William Kodi Shotts, Alexandra L. Shotts, Bryan Cole Shotts, Sean Liam Shotts, Kadynce J. Shotts, Creed J. Shotts, Jonah M. Burdick, Olivia T. Tom, Sophia Q. Smock, Mikayla J. Espina, Luke D. Scott, William S. Scott and Owen M. Scott.

Rev. Shotts also is survived by three brothers, Ronald Dean Shotts of Berlin, N.H., Doit Shotts of Falls Church, Va., and Eugene Shotts of Marshall; and two sisters, Retta Tally, of Marshall, and Sherry Farrell, of Clarksville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, James Shotts, of Keokuk, Iowa.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, at the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene, with Dr. James Spruce, the Rev. Jon Kroeze, the Rev. Stephen A. Shotts and the Rev. Ron Baker officiating. Interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Pittsfield. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene and from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday.

Memorials are suggested to be made to the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at

The Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.

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