William Stotts

Posted 5/27/21

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — William Robert “Bill” Stotts, 81, went to his eternal home May 12, 2021.

A celebration of life service is noon Saturday, May 29, at Ritter Avenue Free …

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William Stotts


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — William Robert “Bill” Stotts, 81, went to his eternal home May 12, 2021.

A celebration of life service is noon Saturday, May 29, at Ritter Avenue Free Methodist Church, with Pastor Dave Nicholson officiating. Burial follows at Washington East Memorial Cemetery. Visitation is from 11 a.m. until the service time Saturday at the church. Randall & Roberts Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Stotts was born May 14, 1939, in Paris, the son of the late Charles and Esther Harrison Stotts.

His family grieves deeply at the loss of a great husband of 59½ years to Jane Ellen McIntire Stotts; a loving father of Jeff (Regine) Stotts, Kay (Leonardo) Godoy Stotts and Doug (Rachel) Stotts; a proud grandpa of Brett (Elizabeth), Hope, Amelia, Jacob, Owen, Sofia and Ben; a great-grandpa of Emily; a beloved brother of Florence (Don) Magee; and a wonderful uncle of many nieces and nephews. They rejoice over his faithful life and that he is now with Jesus.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepmother Caddie; sisters, Mary (Fred) Yost and Virginia; and brother, Charles (Anna) Stotts.

Mr. Stotts accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was called to the ministry at the age of 14, passionately loving and serving him above all else. His love for God was evident in his lifelong love and care not only for his family but for all people. Armed with an extraordinary ability to remember names and a great sense of humor, he made friends easily and well.

As a boy, he was never without a ball. His love for sports began early in life. When told by the Paris High School basketball coach he was too small for the team, Mr. Stotts trained hard to make up for the deficit by being fast — really fast. He excelled as a Paris Tiger, going on to play 6-foot guard for Indiana Central University. It was there he met his beloved wife, Jane, and together they joyfully decided to give their lives in service to their Lord.

Mr. Stotts attended Evangelical United Brethren Seminary. The couple pastored several United Methodist churches in Illinois: Potomac, Naperville, Danville and Henry. Moving to Indiana in 1975, Pastor Bill, as he was called, continued fruitful ministry with the Free Methodist Church in Terre Haute, Indianapolis Ritter Avenue and Washington. Upon retirement, he gladly filled in as pastor for several congregations throughout the Wabash Conference.

As a humble servant leader, no job was too small or insignificant for Pastor Bill, who could be found shoveling snow, cleaning church bathrooms and driving the church van. He worked until the job was done. But his passion was relationships: Visiting the sick and grieving, helping people with daily tasks, befriending the poor and disenfranchised. He loved pointing people, all people, to Jesus and sharing God’s love with them. Many are in heaven because of his life lived with genuine integrity and purpose.

Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 50 East 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240 (https://act.alz.org/site/TR/Events/Tributes-AlzheimersChampions?pg=fund&fr_id=1060&pxfid=683618) or International Child Care Ministries, 770 N. High School Road, Indianapolis, IN 46214 (https://donate.childcareministries.org/special-projects).

Online condolences at  www.randallroberts.com.